HC Deb 12 November 1912 vol 43 cc1831-2W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether during the late fleet manœuvres torpedo boat No. 30 was helpless in a seaway for over six hours and in considerable danger; whether her position was due to her rolling causing suction to be lost, having only oil fuel; whether the main engines could not be worked; whether other torpedo boats in the same flotilla experienced the same loss of suction in a minor degree; and, if so, what steps the Admiralty intend to take to overcome dangers of this character in other vessels fitted for burning oil fuel only?


During the late manœuvres torpedo boat No. 30 was temporarily disabled in a rough sea, as her main inlet rolled out of water, and consequently the main circulating system failed. She was disabled in consequence for five hours, two and a half of which she spent at anchor. The "Bonaventure" was standing by her from one and a half Louis after she broke down. The same loss of suction has been experienced in other shallow-draught steamers. The Admiralty are experimenting with an additional inlet which promises well. The fact that these vessels burn oil only has no bearing on the case.