HC Deb 09 September 1887 vol 321 c10
MR. MACLURE (Lancashire, S.E., Stretford)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether, seeing that 50 vessels and 300 lives were lost in the Bristol Channel during the storms of last autumn and winter, and that a Swansea firm has offered to supply the necessary coal gratis, the Admiralty are now prepared to undertake, before stormy weather again sets in, to station a powerful steam tug off the Mumbles Head, with the view of affording help to vessels in distress?


I can only refer the hon. Member to my reply to a similar Question put on March 8, which was to the effect that this matter was rather for the consideration of the Board of Trade than for the Admiralty. The Admiralty have no vessel at their disposal for this purpose.