HC Deb 11 June 1891 vol 354 cc148-9
ADMIRAL FIELD (Sussex, Eastbourne)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to give any further information respecting certain British sailors reported to be detained after shipwreck near Cape Horn by the Argentine Government officials at a life saving station in Good Success Bay; whether the promise given, on 28th April, that a man-of-war would be sent from South American Station by Admiralty orders to the place indicated with a view to rescue the men, has been carried out; and when a Report from her commander may be expected?


also asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was able to give any further information regarding the reported recent detention of British sailors at Good Success Bay, in the Argentine Republic.


I will ask leave to reply at the same time to Question No. 11 in the name of the hon. Member for East St. Pancras. A telegram has been received from the Governor General of Canada, stating, as the result of the inquiries made by the Dominion Authorities, that there is no foundation for the report of the detention of British sailors in Good Success Bay, which was said to have been brought by a British Columbian vessel. A further Report which it may be hoped will confirm this statement will, no doubt, be furnished by the captain of H.M.S. Garnet, who was to leave Monte Video for the Pacific at the end of last month, with instructions to make inquiry on the spot, en route.


Has the right hon. Gentleman received any information from the commander of the schooner?


I have stated, as nearly as possible, the words of the telegram, which says that there is no foundation for the report. I presume that the Canadian authorities have inquired of the schooner people.

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