• Short Summary

    THE FIVE FRENCH-BUILT GUNBOATS THAT MYSTERIOUSLY LEFT CHERBOURG IN THE EARLY HOURS OF CHRISTMAS DAY SPED INTO HAIFA HARBOUR UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS LAST NIGHT (31 DECEMBER) AFTER A 3,000-MILE (4,800-KILOMETRE) VOYAGE THROUGH STORMS AND HIGH SEAS.

  • Description

    1.
    MV GUNBOATS ENTER HARBOUR
    0.06

    2.
    MV TWO OTHERS ALONGSIDE (2 SHOTS)
    0.14

    3.
    CU PLAQUE 'STARBOAT III'
    0.17

    4.
    MV CAMERAMEN
    0.19

    5.
    MV NAVAL MEN AND CIVILIANS
    0.25

    6.
    CU PLAQUE 'STARBOAT III'
    0.27

    7.
    CU REPORTERS
    0.30

    8.
    MV CREW MEMBERS (2 SHOTS)
    0.37

    9.
    MV STARBOAT IV ALONGSIDE
    0.41

    10.
    MV & CU LIFEBELT (2 SHOTS)
    0.45

    11.
    MV CREW AND OTHERS ON BOARD
    0.48

    12.
    LV STARBOAT V ENTERING HARBOUR AND ANCHORING (3 SHOTS)
    0.56

    13.
    MV PAN PRESS CONFERENCE
    0.59

    14.
    CU LIEUTENANT-COLONEL EZRA
    1.13

    15.
    LV DITTO
    1.17

    16.
    CU DITTO
    1.29

    17.
    MV PAN FROM JOURNALISTS TO EZRA
    1.31

    18.
    CU EZRA (2 SHOTS)
    1.44



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE FIVE FRENCH-BUILT GUNBOATS THAT MYSTERIOUSLY LEFT CHERBOURG IN THE EARLY HOURS OF CHRISTMAS DAY SPED INTO HAIFA HARBOUR UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS LAST NIGHT (31 DECEMBER) AFTER A 3,000-MILE (4,800-KILOMETRE) VOYAGE THROUGH STORMS AND HIGH SEAS.

    HUNDREDS OF JOURNALISTS AND TELEVISION CAMERAMEN WATCHED THE SHIPS ARRIVE IN THE PORT AT THE END OF A DRAMATIC JOURNEY THAT ANGERED THE ARAB WORLD AND EMBARRASSED FRANCE.

    THE VESSELS FLEW NO FLAGS AS THEY ENTERED HARBOUR. THEY ANCHORED ONE AFTER THE OTHER IN LESS THAN HALF-AN-HOUR TO THE APPLAUSE OF CREWS ABOARD SHIPS MOORED NEARBY. THE ONLY IDENTIFICATION THEY CARRIED WAS THAT EACH HAD A PLAQUE WITH THE WORD STARBOAT FOLLOWED BY A ROMAN NUMERAL ATTACHED TO THE BRIDGE. STARBOAT COMPANY, REGISTERED IN NORWAY AND PANAMA, IS THE COMPANY THAT OSTENSIBLY BOUGHT THE GUNBOATS FROM FRANCE AFTER THEY HAD BEEN EMBARGOED BY FRANCE FOLLOWING THE SIX-DAY WAR OF 1967.

    THE ONLY MILITARY MEN SEEN ON BOARD THE BOATS, WHICH ARE TO BE USED BY THE ISRAELI COMPANY NETIVEI NEFT FOR OFF-SHORE OIL EXPLORATION, WERE ON STARBOAT II.

    THE COMMANDER OF ONE OF THE BOATS, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL EZRA, TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE AFTERWARDS THAT THE SMALL SHIPS HAD BATTLED AGAINST BAD WEATHER ALL THE WAY FROM FRANCE. HE ADDED THAT IT HAD BEEN A DIFFICULT OPERATION TO BRING SUCH SMALL VESSELS A LONG WAY THROUGH STORMY SEAS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. THE WEATHER, HE SAID, HAD BEEN ESPECIALLY SEVERE IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND THE BAY ON BISCAY.

    ASKED WHAT THE BOATS WERE NOW GOING TO BE USED FOR, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL EZRA REPLIED: "I DO NOT CARE. I WAS JUST TOLD TO BRING THEM. IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1KR3SVYMQ8YBZL596SSI4FSWV
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KR3SVYMQ8YBZL596SSI4FSWV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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