HC Deb 14 March 1939 vol 345 c235W
Mr. Windsor

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, with regard to the loss of the steam trawler "Lady Jeanette," with nine of her crew, which took place in the River Humber on Wednesday last, he is aware that in 1935 a disaster, involving the loss of the trawler "Edgar Wallace," with 15 men, occurred at the same place and in almost the same circumstances, namely, contact with a sandbank and subsequent heeling over; and whether, in view of the fact that the recurrence of a major disaster throws doubts on the efficiency of the dredging and the maintenance of maximum navigation protective measures in the River Humber, he will institute an immediate and searching inquiry into the matter?

Mr. Stanley

First, I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my deep sympathy with the relatives of those lost in the casualty to the trawler "Lady Jeanette" The causes of the loss are being investigated by Board of Trade officers, and in this connection the circumstances of the loss of the "Edgar Wallace" in 1935 will also be taken into account.