§ SIR EDWARD T. GOURLEY (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty if he can state how many anchors (and of what description), together with the length of cable, were lost from H.M.S. Victorious when on shore outside Port Said; also when and where the anchors and lengths of cable are to be replaced; has the hull outside been examined by divers below the water line; if not, how is the damage, if any, to be ascertained; and, can the vessel be docked at Singapore or Hong Kong; if not, is it intended to seek permission to dock at Port Arthur?
§ The FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
It is presumed that the Victorious recovered both her anchors and cables before proceeding through the Canal, as no report to the contrary has been received. The captain reported the ship in every respect in an efficient condition before leaving Port Said, but it was not stated how the examination was carried out. The vessel can be docked at Hong Kong.
§ SIR E. T. GOURLEY
was understood to ask if it were intended to bring home any portion of the broken cable in order to have it tested?