HC Deb 08 March 1906 vol 153 cc637-8

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been directed to the wreck of the steamship "Dinnington" on the island of Suitha, Orkney, and the rescue of the shipwrecked nine men by William Taylor and crew, and if some public recognition will be made of the services of the rescuers; and also whether the Board of Trade will consider the erection of some shelter that might be used by stranded sailors and fishermen, and if they would recommend the erection of a minor light to prevent such accidents in the future.


Yes, Sir. My attention has been called to the circumstances attending the wreck of the steamship "Dinnington," and the rescue of some of her crew. An official inquiry has been ordered, and in connection with it, careful consideration will be given to the services of the rescuers. I am informed by the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses that they have had under consideration the question of lighting not Suitha, but the beacon on the extremity of Ruff Reef, which extends off Cantick Head, and is about half a mile distant from Suitha Island. This proposal has been held over till more pressing claims have been dealt with, but the loss of the "Dinnington" will no doubt be an added argument in its favour. The question of erecting a shelter is not one for the Board of Trade.