HC Deb 25 August 1909 vol 9 c2091

asked if the right hon. Gentleman is aware that, as a result of an inquiry into the loss of the British ship "Carnedd Llewellyn," which left Caleta Buena, South America, on 19th February, 1908, and has not since been heard of, the court found that she was not loaded beyond her new and raised load-line, but that a grave risk was incurred when this vessel, 17 years old, was loaded to such a draft, and that she was over-insured; if so, whether it is the intention of the Government to take action with a view to placing the load-line back to its old position and so lessen the danger to the men of the mercantile marine; and whether action is contemplated as to over-insurance?


My attention has been called to the opinion expressed by the Court of Inquiry, and the matter will be duly considered. I should point out, however, that the over-insurance in the case of the "Carnedd Llewellyn" was due to the action of the underwriters, and, in the opinion of the Court, did not conduce to the loss.