HC Deb 09 March 1880 vol 251 c686

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If he has seen a statement of the abandonment of the S.S. "Hindoo" in mid-ocean, the crew of which numbered fifty men, who were providentially saved from drowning by a passing steamer; if he is aware that the said ship carried upwards of 20,000 bushels of wheat, 5,000 bushels of peas, and 57,811 bushels of maize (Indian corn); and, whether he can inform the House what portion of the above quantities of grain was in bulk, and what portion was in sacks or bags?


Sir, the Hindoo was abandoned on a voyage from New York, and the survivors have been taken to New York. I sent a telegram to the Consul General at New York some days ago to obtain and send homo full particulars, and also to send home the witnesses. I have already ordered an inquiry to be held in London, and until that inquiry has been held I am not in a position to give further information.