HC Deb 21 July 1879 vol 248 cc846-7

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether Her Majesty's transport "Tyrian," about to proceed to the West Indies, is to take out a crew of sixty men for service in another vessel, she having only accommodation for thirty; and, whether the medical authorities have made any representations on the subject?


Her Majesty's gunboat Tyrian is about to proceed to Jamaica to be stationed there; the navigating party will be transferred to another vessel (Contest) on arrival. No report has been received from medical authorities as to the crowded condition of the crew; but the Commander-in-Chief represented that there was a difficulty in finding accommodation for the number under orders to embark. In consequence, he was instructed to withdraw 10 men, and he is perfectly satisfied that there is now no overcrowding. The numbers on board are seven officers and 45 men. The established comple- ment of a gunboat like the Tyrian is 40 men; but it is usual to embark a few supernumeraries for the passage.