HC Deb 14 July 1879 vol 248 cc304-5

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been called to the danger to navigation caused by the wreck of the ocean-going steamer "State of Louisiana," which has lain at the entrance of Lame Harbour since the 26th December last; and, whether it is proposed to take any steps for the speedy removal of the wreck?


Sir, the Commissioners of Irish Lights, who are the responsible authority, have not considered it necessary either to light or to remove the wreck, inasmuch as the Hunter's Rock, on which it lies, is a well-known danger, which is already buoyed and marked by a red sector of light from the Larne Lighthouse, and for the avoidance of which instructions are carefully laid down in the sailing directions. An additional or wreck-buoy has been placed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, who have stated to me that there is no further danger to navigation than that which has hitherto existed in the rock itself. I am advised that, even before the wreck occurred, it would have been a most hazardous proceeding for a master knowingly to shape a course to go over the rock.