HC Deb 28 January 1897 vol 45 c677
MR. J. GILHOOLY (Cork, Co., W.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Government will compensate John Sullivan and the other members of the crew of the Siren for the loss of their property on the occasion of that ship being negligently run into and sunk by Her Majesty's gunboat Landrail last July when making for Portland Harbour?


The Admiralty are under no legal obligation to pay compensation for damage or loss occasioned by collision with H.M. ships, but as an act of grace, they have obtained the consent of the Treasury to compensate the officers and crew of the Siren in respect of the proved loss of their kits. The detailed claims rendered by them are now under consideration.