HC Deb 26 July 1922 vol 157 cc462-3
65. Vice-Admiral Sir R. HALL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, he will state by what authority the ships of the Patriotic Steamship Company's fleet fly the red ensign; what is the nationality of the directors; whether the shares are held by British subjects; whether any of the officers or men on board the ships are British subjects; and, if so, how many in each ship?

66. Mr. A. HERBERT

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the Greek Patriotic Steamship Company fly the red ensign but carry no British officer; has his Department any record of legal action recently taken against the Greek captain of the ss. "Sheffield" of the Patriotic line; and, if so, of what nature?


The Patriotic Steamship Company is a Greek, not a British company, and vessels owned by the company are therefore not entitled to British registration or to fly the British flag. As the company is a foreign one, I am not in a position to give the information asked for in the latter part of the first question. The master of the "Sheffield," named Evangelinos, who claims to be a naturalised British subject, was recently sentenced to five years' imprisonment by His Majesty's Supreme Court at Constantinople for rape.


May I ask whether the s.s. "Sheffield," belonging to the Patriotic Line, was flying the red ensign at the time she was under this man's command?


I am not quite certain what the position is about the "Sheffield." As far as I know, it is not owned by the Patriotic Line. It appears, from the latest particulars, to be on time charter. I am, however, making further inquiries.

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