HC Deb 12 March 1885 vol 295 cc876-7

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether or not it is true that the Arab transport sailed from Southampton to Suakin on the 17th of February last with only eight boats, which were together capable of carrying about 250 men, whilst there were on board 701 officers and men, besides the ship's complement of about 100 men, making in all about 800 souls, of whom about 550 might have perished in case of fire or shipwreck?


It is true that the Arab left Southampton with the number of boats stated. This number complies with the requirements of the transport regulations, and also with the Passengers Act.