18 June 2010

Willful

From the Toledo Blade on this day in 1955:

49 In Queen Mary Crew Given Summonses

SOUTHAMPTON, England, June 18 (Reuters) - Police today served court summonses on 49 members of the crew of the strike-bound liner Queen Mary, alleging that as seamen they "willfully disobeyed a lawful command to board the ship."

The summonses were granted on application of the Cunard Steamship Line, operator of the Queen Mary and five other liners tied up by the 19-day-old wildcat strike. Two other companies have a total of three more ships tied up.

The walk-offs have crippled transatlantic passenger services and dislocated the tourist trade at its annual peak.

Moves to settle the strike remained in deadlock.

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