Mr. MACDONALD (Richmond):
I should like to ask my hon. friends opposite if this ovation is an expression of goodwill and if it comes from them as a result of my having defeated the chief Liberal whip in 1925.
I wish to call the attention of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries to an article which appears in the Halifax Chronicle under date of May 1st. It says:
Scatarie Island Marine Signals
The jagged rocks of Scatarie island, or its adjacent promontories, have claimed another victim. The Dutch steamer Callisto, 2,660 tons register, is a total loss, and its crew, estimated at from 25 to 30 men, have gone to, the bottom of the Atlantic.
Deck hatches, life boats, a life boat, badly battered, and the nude body of seamen were washed up on the shores of Main-a-Dieu and Scatarie, this afternoon. Parts of the deck and other paraphernalia found along the shores, told only too plainly the fate that had met the Dutch vessel, bound probably for Sydney or Louisburg to load bunker.
I should like to ask the minister as to the nature and condition of the signals on Scatarie island. I notice in the article a statement made by Mr. Burke, a well known Main-aDieu fisherman, that in that vicinity some five or six ocean-bound, vessels have been wrecked and that in a good many instances the whole crews have been lost. In one instance, in 1926, five men went down'. I claim, and this man, Mr. Burke, claims, that these men could have been saved.
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