HC Deb 22 July 1914 vol 65 c425
43. Mr. CROOKS

asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether his attention has recently been called to the Kelway sound-locating system, for which it is claimed that safe lanes may in the densest fog in narrow waters, such as the St. Lawrence and the Straits of Dover, be followed by inward and outgoing vessels, respectively, with the consequent avoidance of or reduction in losses by collision, stranding, and delay; and, in view of the recommendation of the "Empress of Ireland" Commission in regard to obviating the necessity of ships crossing one another in fog, whether he purposes taking any and, if so, what steps towards the adoption in the mercantile marine of the Kelway system, which the United States Navy Department at Washington reported to be a valuable aid to navigation?


The attention of the Board of Trade has frequently been called to the invention to which my hon. Friend refers, but I am afraid I can add nothing to the answer which has already been given, that it rests in the first place with the inventor to convince shipowners and lighthouse authorities as to its utility.