HC Deb 02 April 1889 vol 334 c1384
SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he could give the House any information as to the acts of seamanship by which-Her Majesty's Ship Calliope escaped disaster during the hurricane which visited the Samoa Islands last month; and whether orders had been given for any of Her Majesty's ships to visit those islands for the protection or aid of those who may have suffered by the hurricane?


No detailed Report has yet been received as to the circumstances under which the Calliope effected her escape from Samoa; but so far as can be gathered she must have returned thereafter the hurricane was over and conveyed the news to Auckland, from which place it was sent to England by cable. Full details will, no doubt, be reported by the Commander-in-Chief in the next mail. The Commander-in-Chief on the Australian Station has ordered Her Majesty's ship Rapid to leave Auckland to-morrow for Samoa, calling at Fiji.