03 August 2009

Stowaway Away

On this day in 1955, Richard David Martin of Cleveland, Ohio, was returned to the RMS Queen Mary after jumping overboard about half a mile from Southampton and swimming ashore a mile up the River Itchen.

Police found Martin resting on a park bench in Southampton, wet and covered in oil and mud. He informed them that he had stowed away on the Queen Mary in New York and that he had gone undetected the entire crossing.

Once returned to the ship, Martin was placed under guard until it sailed for New York.

The Age

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