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The Emma, 1892


The Emma

Naval Court of Enquiry, Shanghai
Source: North China Herald, 18 November, 1892

Before James Scott, Esq., Lieut. Owen F. Gillett of H.M.S. Severn, and Captain Alderton of the P, and O. steamer Ganges.
[Not transcribed.]
  The Court finds that the master of the s.s. Hangchow was on the bridge attending to his duties, being perfectly aware of his responsibility, and that he committed a grave error of judgment in crowding or pressing too closely on the leading British s.s. Feima at such a speed that a collision ensued for which he, the master of the British steamship Hangchow, is entirely responsible and we adjudge him to be severely reprimanded.
  The Court finds that the officers, engineers, and crews of both vessels appear to have conducted themselves properly and used their utmost exertions to save lives and property and that no lives were lost.
  The expenses of this court fixed at £8. 16. 8 are approved.
[Dated and Signed.]
  Mr. A. Barrier, the Chief Officer, desired to publicly express the thanks of all the officers and crew of the Feima, for the great kindness and consideration they received from the Harbour Master at Woosung, Mr. Hansen, at the time of and after the wreck.
  Capt. Charlton, the Marine Superintendent of the C.N. Co., the owners of the Hangchow, drew attention to the very plucky conduct of Mr. David Beal, the third engineer of the Feima, in standing by his engines until the engine room filled with water.

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