10 June 2009

Busy Boatswain


From the Toledo Blade of Toledo, Ohio on this day in 1953:


Queen Mary Sailor Faces Tough Day


Southampton, England, June 10 (UP)-Next Monday is going to be a tough day for the boatswain of the 81,000-ton luxury liner Queen Mary.

According to tradition, the red ensign flying astern is lowered in salute to passing warships. It's the boatswain's job to do the lowering.

The Queen Mary will pass seven miles of warships Monday--260 ships--gathered for the royal spithead review by Queen Elizabeth II.


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