28 June 2009

Pay Up

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on this day in 1955

49 of Queen Mary Strikers Convicted

SOUTHAMPTON, England, June 28, (AP)--Forty-nine members of the Liner Queen Mary were convicted today of "refusing a lawful order" to put the ship to sea during the recent seaman's strike.
They were placed on probation and ordered to pay three pounds ($8.40) costs of court.
The charges were brought by Queen Mary's captain, who declared the 81,000-ton was prevented from sailing when the men refused an order to "single up" --cast off the lines. Instead, the men walked off ship to join the seaman's strike, now settled.

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