HC Deb 23 March 1882 vol 267 cc1670-1

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he could inform the House whether the newly- launched iron-clad Edinburgh had sustained serious injury from grounding in Milford Haven, and whether there was sufficient dock accommodation for her if she required it?


Sir, by some oversight the report in the newspapers was not seen in the Comptroller's Office of the Admiralty. I took it for granted that I should find a telegram there before coming down to the House. On receipt of my hon. Friend's telegram I went to the office and ordered a telegraphic message to be sent to Pembroke. I am in momentary expectation of an answer. The dry dock at Pembroke has been enlarged to receive the Edinburgh, and is quite ready to receive her in case of an accident happening. Prom the Admiralty not receiving a spontaneous message, I should doubt very much whether the reported accident has occurred.