• Short Summary

    A STRIKE BY THE ITALIAN SEAMEN'S UNION HAS LEFT A SHIPLOAD OF TRAVELLERS STRANDED ABOARD A LUXURY LINER TIED FAST TO A NEW YORK CITY DOCK.

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    A STRIKE BY THE ITALIAN SEAMEN'S UNION HAS LEFT A SHIPLOAD OF TRAVELLERS STRANDED ABOARD A LUXURY LINER TIED FAST TO A NEW YORK CITY DOCK.

    THE CREW-MEMBERS OF THE 27-THOUSAND TON "GIULIO CESARE" WALKED OFF THE SHIP YESTERDAY, ONE HOUR BEFORE SAILING. TODAY, A NUMBER OF THE TIRED, UNHAPPY PASSENGERS, SOME CARRYING THEIR OWN LUGGAGE, WALKED OFF AND MADE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAVELLING TO EUROPE. THE MORE PATIENT LINED UP IN FRONT OF THE PURSER'S IN THE NINETY DEGREE HEAT TO DRAW MONEY FOR THEIR FOOD ALLOWANCE. THE ITALIAN LINE IS PAYING FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS TWELVE DOLLARS...A DAY, CABIN CLASS EIGHT DOLLARS AND TOURIST CLASS FIVE, SO THE WAITING TRAVELLERS CAN SUBSIST ON SHORE RATIONS. BUT EVERY CRUISE HAS SOMEBODY, WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT THE FOOD. SOME PASSENGERS INSISTED THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS WERE NOT UP TO STANDARD AND THEY WERE SPENDING MOST OF THEIR FOOD ALLOWANCE ON TAXI-FARES TO THE PLUSHIER MID-TOWN EATING PLACES. THE LINE SAYS THEY SHOULD TAKE BUSES IF THEY WANT TO EAT FANCY FOOD.

    TWENTY-FIVE PASSENGERS, WHO BOARDED THE SHIP IN NOVA SCOTIA, HAD NO VISAS TO VISIT AMERICAN RESTAURANTS. THEY HAD TO BE ESCORTED TO THEIR MEALS BY IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS.

    MEANWHILE - BACK ABOARD THE SHIP - ALL WAS CALM AND QUIET EXCEPT FOR PASSENGERS GRIMLY DESCRIBING THEIR BON VOYAGE PARTIES TO EACH OTHER. A FEW HARDY SOULS LEFT THEIR AIR-CONDITIONED CABINS TO SIT ON THE HOT DECK. BELOW, THE EMPTY DINING ROOM WITH ITS MEMORIES OF SAVORY ITALIAN CUISINE. AIR CONDITIONING AND ELECTRICITY ARE THE ONLY SERVICES ABOARD. EVEN THE SWIMMING POOL IS EMPTY AND COVERED WITH NETTING. BUT ONE SAILING TRADITION REMAINED. THE RAIL-SIDE PICTURE. SHE WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE AND HAD NOT BEEN. BUT WHAT'S A LUXURY SHIP WITHOUT CHEESE-CAKE?

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3T147KI8TRKGBA8GK1CYRN3OK
    Media URN:
    VLVA3T147KI8TRKGBA8GK1CYRN3OK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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