04 December 2009

Schedule Upset

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle on this day in 1954:


NEW YORK, Dec. 4. (AP) - The big British liner Queen Mary, whose arrival this week was delayed two days by Atlantic storms, had its schedule upset even further today by waterfront troubles.

It was to have sailed for Europe again today at noon. But because dock workers quiet their jobs yesterday and didn't return till this morning, the loading and unloading process was held up.

As a result, said officials of the Cunard Line, the queen can't get away at least until after midnight tonight. Passengers were told they could go ashore in the meantime, if they wish.

An Italian liner, the Saturnia, ran into similar troubles in both cases. It was a day late arriving yesterday as a result of the storms, and officials said the dock tieup would make it several hours late getting away from Mediterranean ports today.

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