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“ VESUVIUS ” (United States derelict destroyer),
Macdona, 3; Joffe, 164, 413, 414. “ VINCENZO PERATTA" became a derelict, Macdona, 12. “ W. L. WHITE" became a derelict, Macdona, 12;
passed by “ Cephalonia,” Thomas, 512-517. WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONFERENCE, 1889.
Was not aware of decision of, Macdona, 48–51, 74-79 ;
is aware of it, Ismay, 1603. Wharton CAPTAIN, W. J. L., R.N. (A Member of the Committee) (analysis of his evidence) :
Is Hydrographer to the Royal Navy (1868). Has examined United States publication as to Wrecks and Derelicts in North Atlantic Ocean; 1887–1893 (1869), with following resalts : (a) of identified derelicts reported more than once, large proportion were off American coast (1870). (b) derelicts reported but once, include 87 vessels not properly so described. (c) in list of unidentified derelicts there are probably many cases of repetition. (d) of 10 cases of alleged total loss through collision with derelicts, six were due to other causes, and one was outside limits of inquiry (1871, 1872). (e) of 23 cases of alleged damage through collision with derelicts, only five were in open Atlantic, and the official report of the only British vessel among them does not bear out statement. (f) of 11 vessels stated to have received slight damage, only two were in open Atlantic. (g) of 17 her collisions, 12 were on American coast, nd official reports of two of the five others do not bear out statement. (h) of 16 cases included under head
ing “ Additional Reports of Collisions with Derelicts," seven are cases of striking sunken wrecks, (i) the only derelicts destroyed by the United States Government were two near land and one accidentally rammed (1872). Is of vpinion that list has been compiled with very little inquiry, (1874–1878). If by vessels described in list as destroyed by fire is meant vessels burnt to water's edge, danger to navigation in such cases
would be much increased (1875-1877). WILLIAMS, D. G. (analysis of his evidence) :-
Is Collector of Customs at Liverpool (1784). Captains of vessels are bound, under Customs Consolidation Act, to report to collector any wreck fallen in with, including derelicts (1785–1797, 1807– 1813). Inquiries into wrecks are made by Receiver of Wreck under Merchant Shipping Act (1797-1800). Suggests that full information as to derelicts fallen in with should be given to Receiver (1801-1806, 1814), and sent by him to Board of Trade (18151817, 1820-1827, 1831-1841, 1813–1852). At present Lloyd's agents glean the information, and circulate it rapidly (1818, 1825-1828). Board of Trade pay a small fee for prompt statements by Customs officers (1830). Reports of ice cannot be included under Act (1842, 1853–1859). The word “derelict” is not used in making inquiries as to wreck fallon in with (1851). His evidence applies to smaller ports as much as to Liverpool (1861–1865). Has power to
call for production of ship's log (1866, 1867). “WYER G. Sargent” became a derelict, Macdona, 9.
COPY “of RETURN of the Loss OF LIFE AT SEA for the Years 1891 and 1892
(in continuation of Parliamentary Paper, No. 342, of Session 1892).”
Board of Trade,
27 March 1894.
TABLE showing the Lives Lost by WRECK, DROWNING, or other ACCIDENT in British MERCHANT SHIPS
registered in the UNITED KINGDOM.
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AN ACCOUNT of the Receipt and Expenditure under the Seamer's Furd WINDING-UP Act, from 1st January to 31st December 1893
To Bulance in hund on 1st January 1893, as shown in the preceding
Account, to 31st December 1892
T'o Amount of the Vote of Parliament for the Year ending 31st March
14,297 12 4
14,297 12 4
The net Amount of Contributions received from Masters and Seamen during the Year 1893 was 4 l. 17 s. 4 d.
Board of Trade,
10 July 1894.