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Mercantile Marine—Casualty To Pilgrims—Question

Volume 218: debated on Friday 27 March 1874

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asked the President of the Board of Trade, If the report which has appeared in the newspapers be correct, that a largo number of pilgrims wore washed overboard from a ship in the Mediterranean belonging to Liverpool; and whether the accident was owing to the overcrowding of the ship; and, if he has not received information on the subject, whether he will make inquiries into the truth of the statement?

The Board of Trade have received depositions from Liverpool relating to the reported occurrence on board a ship which, though British, was trading between foreign ports. Inquiry has already been ordered to be held at Liverpool, and some of the papers are with the office solicitor. The number of lives lost was 36.