HC Deb 30 June 1914 vol 64 cc206-7W

asked the President of the Board of Trade why the Lizard fog-horn was not sounded until 6.35 p.m. on Thursday, 18th June, although dense fog enveloped shipping which was one and a half miles south-south-west by south from the Lizard at 6.5 p.m. on that day, and all boats in the vicinity were sounding their sirens?


I am informed by the Trinity House that it has been ascertained from the records that the signal was not sounding at any time on the 18th instant, the weather at the station being reported by the engineer in charge as very clear all day. The engineer reports, however, that on the 17th instant at 6.35 p.m. a bank of fog came tip quickly from the westward, and as it was observed coming the signal was sounded without any delay at 6.30 p.m. As this was about the time of day referred to in the question, it is possible that there is an error in the date given. The Elder Brethren add that the regulations require that in all doubtful cases the fog signals should be sounded too much rather than too little, and they have no reason to believe that the keepers generally, and particularly in this instance, failed to carry out their instructions.