HC Deb 02 May 1904 vol 134 c97

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state what sum has been, or will be, paid to the Neptune Salvage Company of Stockholm for raising the A 1 Submarine, distinguishing the amount contracted for and extras; was the plan of making the hull tight and pumping in air the proposal of the Salvage Company or the Admiralty; for how many days was the pneumatic pumping system continued; when was it resolved to lift the vessel in the ordinary way; and what length of time was occupied in raising her after the pneumatic system was abandoned.

(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) The sum due to the Salvage Company is £2,650; there are no extras. The plan of making the hull tight and pumping in air was the proposal of the Salvage Company, and was fitted and carried out by them on their own responsibility. The pneumatic pumping system was continued the whole time, from beginning to end, until she was placed safely in dock by the Salvage Company and was never abandoned. The lifting alluded to was simply an accessory to the pneumatic system.