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Merchant Shipping Acts—The "Cairo"—Question
12 April 1877
Volume 233
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asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether there has been any confirmation of the telegram received at Lloyd's respecting the supposed loss of the "Cairo," an emigrant ship which left London for Port Philip in November last; if he would state when the "Cairo" was last heard of, since it is supposed that the vessel was lost between the Cape of Good Hope and Melbourne, somewhere near Goff Island; and, whether some arrangement could not be made for one of Her Majesty's Ships, or for some private vessel, to call at Goff Island for the purpose of ascertaining if anything is there known of the "Cairo" or her crew and passengers?

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There has been no further confirmation of the supposed loss of the Cairo. She was last spoken by the Miltiades on the 21st of December, in latitude 1 S. longitude 30 W.—that is, somewhere about Ascension Island. An inquiry has been ordered in this case, and the master of the Strathdon, who saw some wreck off the Goff Island, has been called on for a further report as to what was seen by him. I have the authority of the Admiralty to say that the first ship ordered to leave for Australia shall be instructed to call at Tristan d'Acunha and Goff Island to try to get further information.