§ SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give the House any further information as to the safety of H.M.S. Sultan; whether the total sum to be paid to the salvors is £50,000; and, whether the Government becomes repossessed of the hull and all that is on board?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Lord G. HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
A telegram from the Admiral Superintendent at Malta on Saturday last reports that a preliminary pumping trial on board the Sultan had taken place, and that the water in her had been reduced 30 inches in four hours; but that he did not anticipate any news of importance with regard to her for the present. The total sum to be paid to the salvors for placing the ship in dock at Malta is £50,000. The ship, and everything on board her, is the property of the Crown.