§ MR. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that, since the formation at the Shipmasters' Society of the chart of derelicts, wreckage, &c., on 20th May last, upwards of 70 Reports have been received from captains, and marked on the chart, more than one-half of which are derelicts in the Atlantic and North Sea, lying in the track of our passenger steamers; if this be so, whether he will warn mariners leaving our ports of so great a danger?
§ MR. BRYCE
I have no knowledge of such entries as may have been made upon the chart referred to; but the hon. Member may be glad to know that immediate public notice of all derelicts reported to the Board of Trade, which are, or are likely to become, a danger to mariners, is and for some years past has been given through the medium of Lloyd's and The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette; and that, in addition to this, the "Monthly Summary of Notices to Mariners," which contains all these notices, is and for some years past has been distributed gratuitously by the Board of Trade to the masters of all vessels leaving the ports of the United Kingdom.
§ MR. MACDONA
Is it not the fact that only floating derelicts are mentioned, and that no information is given regarding vessels that have sunk?