HC Deb 19 March 1880 vol 251 c1220

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it was true that three powerful steam-tugs have been specially licensed to accompany the Boat Race on the 20th, and whether he is aware of the danger likely to accrue therefrom; and whether, in view of the fact that one of them swamped, last Saturday, a twelve-oared outrigger belonging to the London Rowing Club, he will have the licences cancelled and prevent the tugs from accompanying the race?


Sir, I understand that the usual arrangements have now been made with the London Steamboat Company, and steam tugs will, therefore, not be used. The police authorities do not license steam vessels to accompany the race. This matter is entirely in the hands of the Thames Conservancy.