16 February 2013

The Silliness Strategy


Men Protest 'Overcrowding' On Queen Mary

NEW YORK, Feb. 16--(AP)--The British liner Queen Mary, carrying 1,779 passengers, including 1,310 military personnel, sailed for Southampton, England, early today, after a five-day delay caused by the tugboat strike.

More than 1,000,000 gallons of fuel oil was pumped aboard the liner yesterday. The tugboat walkout, which was called out Wednesday night pending arbitration, had prevented refueling.

Included among her passengers were 700 British naval ranks who walked off the ship for two hours last night in protest against "overcrowding." They returned to the vessel at midnight when naval officers assured them they would received better accommodations if they "stopped being silly."

- Ottawa Citizen, February 16, 1946

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