• Short Summary

    THE POLISH SHIP 'BATORY' DOCKED IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER HER LAST TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING. SHE?

  • Description

    THE POLISH SHIP 'BATORY' DOCKED IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER HER LAST TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING. SHE IS NOW TO BECOME A CRUISE SHIP IN THE BALTIC. DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE 14,300 TON VESSEL MADE A DRAMATIC VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA CARRYING 480 CHILDREN EVACUATED FROM BRITAIN, DURING WHICH SHE CROSSED THE EQUATOR THREE TIMES TO AVOID SUBMARINE ATTACKS AND MINES. TODAY, FORTY MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE AMONG THE EVACUEES HELD A REUNION ON BOARD THE SHIP.

    AT THE CAVIAR AND VODKA RECEPTION, WHERE THE GUESTS INCLUDED THE POLISH AMBASSADOR TO LONDON, MR. MORAWSKI, THE FORMER EVACUEES SANG THE SONGS WHICH MADE THE BATORY KNOWN AS THE "SINGING SHIP" AT HER PORTS OF CALL BETWEEN LONDON AND SYDNEY. ONE OF THE SONGS THEY SANG WAS 'THE CALL' WHICH WAS ESPECIALLY WRITTEN FOR THEM BY THE MUSIC MISTRESS WHO ACCOMPANIED THEM, MISS META MACLEAN.

    IN WARTIME SERVICE FOR THE ALLIES THE BATORY ALSO TRANSPORTED GBP40 MILLION OF BRITISH GOLD TO CANADA FOR SAFEKEEPING AND BROUGHT BACK BATTALIONS OF TROOPS TO HELP IN THE INVASION OF NORTH AFRICA AND SICILY.

    IN 1949 THE BATORY, THEN OPERATING REGULARLY FROM GDYNIA TO NEW YORK, AROUSED UNITED STATES ANGER WHEN THE LEADING UNITED STATES COMMUNIST GERHARDT EISLER FLED ON THE SHIP. DETECTIVES BOARDED HER WHEN SHE REACHED LONDON AND TOOK EISLER ASHORE. IN 1951 THE LINER WAS FINALLY BANNED FROM THE UNITED STATES AS A SECURITY RISK. SINCE THEN SHE HAS OPERATED BETWEEN GDYNIA AND MONTREAL AND BOMBAY.

    DOZENS OF HER CREW MEMBERS IN THE POST WAR PERIOD JUMPED SHIP AND SOUGHT POLITICAL ASYLUM IN BRITAIN INCLUDING, IN 1953 HE CAPTAIN, JAN CWIKLINSKI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB0Q5OBB2J7RR8ZU4MPLKU3SCO
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0Q5OBB2J7RR8ZU4MPLKU3SCO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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