HC Deb 24 February 1885 vol 294 cc1177-8

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether he could give any information with regard to the transport Poonah, which was reported to be somewhere in the Irish Channel, having injured her shaft?


The transport Poonah, on her way from Malta to Queenstown, partially fractured her main shaft. The Canadian voyageurs who formed part of her passengers were landed at Queenstown. After a consultation with the representatives of the Peninsular and Oriental Company, and on the report of the Admiral and engineer officials at Queenstown, it was considered safe to let the ship proceed to Portsmouth accompanied by two tugs. Off the Longships the hawsers parted, and one of the tugs which had lost sight of the steamer in the night came into Falmouth on Monday morning and reported the circumstance. About 7.30 P.M. last night the Mount Etna, the other tug which had been engaged, parted with the Poonah off the coast of Cornwall. The Admiralty have despatched the powerful tug Stormcock from Pembroke, two tugs from Devonport, and a hired tug from Queenstown. They are expected to fall in with the Poonah this afternoon.