HC Deb 09 April 1925 vol 182 cc2442-3W
Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, at the formal investigation to be held into the loss or supposed loss of the "John Harrison," which sailed from the Tyne on 24th December, 1924, with a cargo of coal and has not since been heard of, the court will be assisted by nautical assessors who have had practical experience in this class of steamer?


The suggestion that the nautical assessors investigating a shipping casualty should themselves have served on vessels of the particular class before the Court is not one that can be universally adopted. The nautical assessors will be experienced shipmasters, and all necessary evidence as to this new type of steamer will be laid before the Court. It is proposed to call the master of a sister ship as a witness at the inquiry.