§ MR. A. B. FORWOOD (Lancashire, Ormskirk)
I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, whether a tube of a boiler exploded yesterday, by which five men were seriously scalded and one 921 killed; and, whether the explosion took place on a Babcock water tube boiler intended for, or actually on board, a torpedo boat destroyer building under contract for the Admiralty?
§ THE CIVIL LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. EDMUND ROBERTSON, Dundee)
I presume that the question refers to an accident which happened on the 1st instant at the Fairfield Company's Works, Glasgow. The Admiralty has called upon the Fairfield Company for a statement of the facts, and they have promised to send us a copy of their Engineer Manager's Report. In the meantime our Engineer Overseer on the spot has reported that the accident occurred when steam was being raised in a Babcock-Wilson boiler. A plug used for stopping one of the holes from which tubes had been drawn for trial purposes, blow out at a low pressure (about 70 pounds), scalding six men, one of whom has since died. This boiler is intended for a torpedo boat destroyer, building for the Admiralty by the Fairfield Company, provided only it is found satisfactory on the experimental trials on shore. This is all the information I have received at present. On receipt of the Fairfield Report I shall be glad to communicate its substance to hon. Members.