HC Deb 24 March 1882 vol 267 c1818

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether he could give the House further information with respect to the stranding of Her Majesty's ship "Edinburgh?"


Sir, the Edinburgh was being towed from the dockyard to Hobb's Point, where she is to be while she is taking in her engines. During the passage the vessel ran on to what is known as the Dockyard Bank. She was moving very slowly and she ran a little way up the shelving bank, said to be soft mud. She remained there about two hours, when she floated off with the tide, and was put safe alongside the pier at Hobb's Point. In a private letter from the Chief Constructor at Pembroke, he says— I do not apprehend the slightest damage. Every single compartment has been minutely examined, and not the slightest sign of weeping, or bending, or buckling of plates or frames is anywhere visible, nor do I think the bilge-pieces have suffered. This refers, of course, to an examination made from inside the ship. Captain Parkin tells us that at the earliest opportunity divers will look over the part of the vessel which was in contact with the mud, and that she will be again thoroughly overhauled when she is placed in dock in the course of a few weeks.