A French stunt parachutist armed with a camera and reporter's notebook plummeted into the sea near the Portuguese liner 'Santa Maria', some 50 miles off Recife, Brazil, Jan 31, shortly before U.
A French stunt parachutist armed with a camera and reporter's notebook plummeted into the sea near the Portuguese liner 'Santa Maria', some 50 miles off Recife, Brazil, Jan 31, shortly before U.S. Rear-Admiral Allen Smith boarded the ship to parley with rebel elder Captain Galvao.
The parachutist, representing a Paris magazine, was picked up by a lunch from one of the four American destroyers standing by the 'Santa Maria'. A second French parachute reporter made the same jump - and from the sea was hauled to safety by a Brazilian fishing boat.
Rear Admiral Smith, commander for the U.S. Caribbean Sea area, boarded the liner without inconvenience - jumping on to a landing ladder from a naval launch. Some of the 600 passengers - about 40 of them Americans - were able to greet the Admiral and his escort before he conferred with Captain Galvao. Reporters in hired launches were refused permission to board the liner.
The parley - nine days after the rebels' seizure of the ship - lasted three hours and paved the way for the 'Santa Maria's entry into Recife, Feb 2.
Captain Galvao issued a proclamation addressed "to the people of Portugal," saying his action proved the "dictator" Salazar was not invulnerable. "We beat him and we ridiculed him and his navy before the entire free and Christian world."