HC Deb 20 December 1915 vol 77 c4
4. Mr. ALDEN

asked the Secretary for Foreign Affairs if he has any information to the effect that the Dutch East Indies liners and mail boats will no longer use the Suez Canal route; and whether he can state the reasons for this change?


Certain vessels of the Rotterdam Lloyd Line are, I am informed, to proceed in future via the Cape; the remainder will, as hitherto, proceed via the Suez Canal. The reason for this change of route is stated to be the alleged uncertainty as to the amount of coal available for bunkering at Port Said.

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