HC Deb 20 May 1947 vol 437 c245W
103. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport the circumstances in which the fishing vessel "Dove" was blown up on 7th May, 1947, while being taken by a temporary crew from Ayr to Aberdeen; and what provision is being made to compensate the survivors for their loss and suffering.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

My right hon. Friend is informed that, in a calm sea, a sharp explosion occurred, damaging the "Dove" so that she sank about five hours later. The crew of four left the ship in their boat about 1½ hours after the explosion and reached the shore 4½ hours after the ship sank. The cause of the explosion is being investigated, and entitlement to compensation will depend on the conclusions reached.