British Tug (Piratical Seizure).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Sir Park Goff Sir Park Goff , Cleveland

61.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what precautions were taken to guard the "Upnor," whose cargo was seized off the South Coast of Ireland; under whose orders the "Upnor" proceeded to sea; under what circumstances the ship was captured on the high seas; and whether he can give any information as to where the cargo was conveyed to, if any of it has yet been recovered, and, if so, what amount?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

An inquiry has been ordered by the Admiralty, but the report has not yet been received, and I am, accordingly, not at present in a position to give a full answer. I desire to add, however, that the prompt action of the Commander-in-Chief of the Western Approaches in sending a destroyer and a sloop in pursuit, immediately he knew of the suspicious circumstances attending the sailing of the tug "Warrior," prevented the greater part of the cargo being removed from "Upnor."

Photo of Sir Park Goff Sir Park Goff , Cleveland

Is it customary, considering the present state of Ireland, for vessels to put to sea with such an important cargo without a proper escort?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Precautions were taken until the "Upnor" had got out of Queenstown harbour.

Photo of Sir Park Goff Sir Park Goff , Cleveland

Were any precautions taken before she had got out?