§ MR. CUMMING MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Cunard steamship Catalonia, which reached Queenstown on on 12th inst., reported having on the 9th inst. passed a waterlogged floating derelict in lat. 47° 22', long. 35° 12', in a position most dangerous to vessels travelling between England and America; and whether, as this may be the same floating derelict mistaken by Captain Lloyd of the British barque Crompton for a rock in lat. 47° N., lung. 37° 20', and reported as such by him to the Hydrographic 301 Office at Washington on 16th June, the Admiralty will lake any steps to rid the Atlantic of so great a danger?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. GOSCHEN, St. George's, Hanover Square)
Yes, Sir; the report in question has been seen at the Admiralty. The derelict was, when sighted, about 1,200 miles both from Halifax and from Plymouth. I do not propose to take any special action in the matter.