• Short Summary

    THE GRIMSBY (U.K.) TRAWLER BRANDUR HAS BEEN ESCORTED BACK TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, AFTER SLIPPING HER?

  • Description

    THE GRIMSBY (U.K.) TRAWLER BRANDUR HAS BEEN ESCORTED BACK TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, AFTER SLIPPING HER MOORINGS AND ESCAPING FROM ARREST DURING THE EARLY HOURS OF SATURDAY MORNING. THE BRANDUR WAS BEING HELD WHILE HER SKIPPER, CAPTAIN BERNARD "BUNNY" NEWTON, WAS BEING TRIED FOR ALLEGEDLY FISHING INSIDE ICELANDIC WATERS.

    THE TRAWLER'S DARING ESCAPE - SHE WAS FREE FOR OVER 11 HOURS WITH TWO ICELANDIC GUARDS STILL ON BOARD - SAW THE BEGINNING OF A HUGE SEA AND AIR SEARCH TO TRACK HER DOWN. EVENTUALLY, IN SPITE OF FALSE REGISTRATION LETTERS PAINTED OVER HER REAL ONES, AND FEINTS AT SEA AS SHE CHANGED HER COURSE, THE 760-TON SHIP AND HER 23-MAN CREW WAS OVERTAKEN BY THE ICELANDIC FISHERY GUNBOAT ODINN,.

    BACK IN PORT, AND ON HIS WAY TO A PRISON CELL, SKIPPER NEWTON TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE HAD SLIPPED HIS MOORINGS "OUT OF SHEER DESPERATION" AT THE WAY THE COURT PROCEEDINGS HAD BEEN HANDLED. THE COURT HAD BEEN HEARING THE CASE SINCE WEDNESDAY, AND ON FRIDAY HAD ADJOURNED UNTIL TUESDAY BECAUSE OF THE WEEKEND AND THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATED FOR MAY DAY. SKIPPER NEWTON SAID HE WAS SURE THE ICELANDIC AUTHORITIES WERE PROTRACTING THE AFFAIR SO THAT HIS 10,000-STONE CATCH IN THE TRAWLER'S HOLD WOULD ROT.

    HIS SHIP HAD BEEN MET BY A LARGE CROWD WHEN SHE WAS ESCORTED TO THE QUAYSIDE BY THE ODINN. MUCH OF HER SUPERSTRUCTURE WAS COVERED WITH WHITE PAINT, STILL WET. THE REGISTRATION NUMBER GY 111 ON HER SIDES HAD BEEN ALTERED TO H.252, BUT THE NUMBER ON THE FUNNEL HAD BEEN CHANGED TO H.525. THE NAME "HULL" WAS PAINTED ON HER STERN IN LARGE, UNTIDY LETTERING.

    IN GRIMSBY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OWNERS OF THE BRANDUR - TWO ICELANDERS - SAID: "WE SHALL TAKE THIS UP AT GOVERNMENT LEVEL".

    SKIPPER NEWTON HAS DENIED THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM. HE SAYS HE DRIFTED OVER THE ICELANDIC LIMIT WHILE GINGERLY HAULING UP WHAT THE CREW THOUGHT TO BE A WARTIME MINE TRAPPED IN THE TRAWL. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A BOULDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8G7ZK72QMY9MOAGATIQSVIL80
    Media URN:
    VLVA8G7ZK72QMY9MOAGATIQSVIL80
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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