HC Deb 17 February 1881 vol 258 c1091

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether any information has been received as to the movements of the Detached Squadron, and how many of the crews and of the Marines would be available as a Naval Brigade for service in the Transvaal?


Sir, I am glad to be able to inform my right hon. Friend that the Detached Squadron arrived at the Cape at 8.30 p.m. yesterday. The united crews amount to 1,726 men and officers. I am not aware how many could be landed as a Naval Brigade. I have no information on that point; bat, by a calculation which I am making at this moment, I gather that on an emergency 700 men, or something over that number, would be available.