HC Deb 12 June 1883 vol 280 c381

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he can explain the cause of the loss of H.M.S. "Lively;" and, whether the rocks upon which the vessel struck were correctly set out on the charts in possession of the commander and pilot?


also asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether H.M.S. "Lively" is a total wreck, or whether there is some hope she may be saved for Her Majesty's service?


Sir, in answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland (Mr. Gourley), I have to say that the Admiralty have no fuller details of the unfortunate accident to the Lively than have appeared in the reports in newspapers; and it would be improper for me to offer an opinion as to the cause of the accident until the circumstances have been officially inquired into. The rock on which she ran is a well-known rock, and is marked on the charts. In answer to the Question of the right hon. and gallant Baronet (Sir John Hay), we have still some hope that the Lively may be beached and pumped out, when the extent of the damage to hon will be ascertained.