HC Deb 17 February 1881 vol 258 cc1086-7

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether he will be able to send a cruiser about the beginning of March to protect the seven hundred fishermen from Lowestoft, and still larger number from Yarmouth, who will then be off the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk pursuing their calling, from the depredations of the Belgian and Dutch fishermen using the scythe-bladed grapnels, which have caused such immense) destruction during the last two years; and, whether a cutter or some vessel under sail can be spared for this duty, rather than a vessel under steam, which does great injury to the nets by her machinery?


Sir, the Coastguard cutter Rose, a sailing vessel of 130 tons, will be employed to protect the fisheries off the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts when the season arrives.