Were Not Asked
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from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 10 Jan 1904, pg.8

Naval Authorities Were Not Requested to Give Assistance

The naval authorities at Esquimalt did not receive any requests from anyone in connection with the disabling of the steamer 'Clallam' to proceed to the assistance of the wrecked vessel. It is reported that Mr. E.E. Blackwood, agent of the steamer, when telephoning to Esquimalt to endeavor to secure a steamer from the B.C. Salvage Company, was told that the flagship 'Grafton' was the only warship available in port, and she was not ready to proceed. It is understood that the 'Grafton' could not have been made ready in less than seven or eight hours at the least, as her fires were out. The navy were not requested to despatch assistance.