• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE, NOW APPROACHING THE END OF ITS SECOND WEEK, CAUSED DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF HOLIDAYMAKERS EXPECTING TO CROSS TO THE CONTINENT FROM DOVER AND NEWHAVEN. (MONDAY, 30TH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN BRITAIN).

  • Description

    THE BRITISH SEAMEN'S STRIKE, NOW APPROACHING THE END OF ITS SECOND WEEK, CAUSED DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF HOLIDAYMAKERS EXPECTING TO CROSS TO THE CONTINENT FROM DOVER AND NEWHAVEN. (MONDAY, 30TH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN BRITAIN).

    WHEREVER POSSIBLE FRENCH AND OTHER FOREIGN BOATS WERE SAILING WITH FULL PASSENGER LISTS AND THEIR HOLDS STOCKED WITH TOURISTS' CARS. BUT FOR MANY THERE WERE LONG AND FRUSTRATING DELAYS - SOMETIMES ENDING IN DISAPPOINTMENT. HOVERCRAFT SERVICES ACROSS THE CHANNEL WERE NOT AFFECTED BY THE STRIKE, BUT THEY WERE BEATEN BY BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS NEAR THE GOODWIN SANDS.

    BY NOON TODAY THERE WERE SIX HUNDRED CARS WAITING AT THE DOVER FERRY TERMINAL TO GET ONTO THE FRENCH AND BELGIAN FERRIES STILL SAILING TO CALAIS AND OSTEND. ONLY DRIVERS WITH FIRM BOOKINGS HAD ANY CHANCE OF GETTING ABOARD. SOME DRIVERS DECIDED TO GO AS PASSENGERS, LEAVING THEIR CARS BEHIND.

    SOME ANXIOUS MOTORISTS HAD SPENT THE NIGHT IN THEIR CARS - ONLY TO BE TURNED AWAY AT THE DOCKS. HOTELS WERE FULL, AND MANY OF THE PROSPECTIVE CHANNEL TRIPPERS HAD TO TURN ROUND AND DRIVE HOME. ALSO STUCK AT DOVER WERE SIX TIGERS WAITING FOR A BOAT.

    AT NEWHAVEN CONDITIONS WERE MUCH THE SAME. BY NOON TODAY THERE WERE FORTY CARS WAITING, AND THE BUILD UP CONTINUED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. FAMILIES WERE EATING PICNIC MEALS BESIDE THEIR CARS.

    THE MOTORING ORGANISATIONS ADVISED DRIVERS WITHOUT FIRM BOOKINGS THAT THERE WAS LITTLE HOPE OF GETTING ONTO A FERRY AND ASKED THEM TO AVOID CONGESTION AT THE TWO PORTS.

    AND TONIGHT THE SEAMAN'S UNION LEADER, MR. WILLIAM HOGARTH, WARNED THAT BRITISH SEAMEN WILL STAY ON STRIKE AT LEAST THREE AND POSSIBLY SIX WEEKS LONGER TO WIN A 40 HOUR WORKING WEEK. HE TOLD A MASS MEETING OF SEAMEN AT SOUTHAMPTON THAT JAPAN AND THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES HAD OFFERED TO TIE UP BRITISH SHIPS AT THEIR PORTS TO BACK THE STRIKE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQSY2CB4C7APS99RICG6ZSL33
    Media URN:
    VLVABQSY2CB4C7APS99RICG6ZSL33
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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