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Rush Harbour—Wreck Of The "Dolly Varden"

Volume 83: debated on Monday 14 May 1900

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I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been directed to the wreck, on the rocks at the entrance to Rush Harbour, county of Dublin, of the fishing yawl "Dolly Varden"; whether he is aware that the wreck has been attributed to the absence of a light at the entrance of the harbour; and whether the Board of Trade will take any steps to cause a light to be put up at the point mentioned.

I have received the sworn depositions of the master and a member of the crew of the fishing yawl "Dolly Varden" as to the wreck of that vessel at the entrance to Rush Harbour. In their opinion the casualty was caused by a dense fog, in which case a light at the entrance to the harbour would, I am advised, have been of no use. In any case the Board of Trade have no power to cause a light to be erected at the place in question, which is presumably within the jurisdiction of the harbour authority.

Does the right hon. Gentleman say a light would be of no use to the harbour?

I was speaking of a particular light under certain circumstances. It does not alter the fact that we have no power to cause a light to be placed there.