HC Deb 17 December 1908 vol 198 cc2138-9
MR. KENDAL O'BRIEN (Tipperary, Mid)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the death at sea from heart disease of a fireman, named Leong Kan, on the ss. "Bullmouth," of London on 15th October, 1908; whether he was on duty at the time of his death; whether he was medically examined at the time of his engagement; whether he had had any previous sea service; whether he can state the amount of coal the firemen and trimmers were required to work in each twenty-four hours; and whether any previous cases of death from heart disease or supposed heart disease amongst stokehold hands have occurred on this vessel.


Yes, Sir, inquiry was held in the case of the "Bullmouth" by the Vice-Consul at Algiers, the Superintendent of the Mercantile Marine Office at North Shields, and by the principal Board of Trade officer for the north-eastern district. The man was not on duty at the time of his death. He was engaged at Singapore, but I am not aware whether he had been medically examined or had had previous sea service. The consumption of coal was twenty-seven tens per twenty-four hours, and the number of firemen and trimmers was thirteen. No previous deaths from heart disease on board this vessel have been reported.