• Short Summary

    SPAIN LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) SEVERED HER LAST SURFACE LINK WITH GIBRALTAR AS THE 425-TON FERRY PUNTA DE EUROPA MADE THE FINAL CROSSING FROM THE BRITISH ROCK COLONY TO ALGECIRAS.

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    SPAIN LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) SEVERED HER LAST SURFACE LINK WITH GIBRALTAR AS THE 425-TON FERRY PUNTA DE EUROPA MADE THE FINAL CROSSING FROM THE BRITISH ROCK COLONY TO ALGECIRAS.

    FIFTY-EIGHT PASSENGERS, FOREIGN TOURISTS AND A FEW MOROCCANS, MADE THE FINAL VOYAGE WITH THE LAST PERSON TO STEP ASHORE AT ALGECIRAS A SPANISH GIRL.

    EARLIER, THE LAST VOYAGE FROM ALGECIRAS TO GIBRALTAR HAD BROUGHT 64 PEOPLE - MOST OF THE GIBRALTARIAN WOMEN - TO THE ROCK. SOME OF THEM WERE IN TEARS.

    A FERRY COMPANY SPOKESMAN SAID YESTERDAY THAT NO OFFICIAL DECISION HAD BEEN MADE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE VESSELS. BUT THE CAPTAIN OF THE FERRY MAKING THE LAST TRIP - THE PUNTA DE EUROPA - SAID: "I AM PROUD TO BE DOING SOMETHING FOR SPAIN. HONOUR COMES FIRST". HE WAS CAPTAIN FRANCISCO GARCIA, WHO HAS WORKED ON THE FERRIES FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS.

    GIBRALTAR'S ONLY COMMUNICATIONS WITH SPAIN ARE NOW THE ONCE-WEEKLY B.E.A. FLIGHT FROM LONDON, WHICH MAKES A STOP IN MADRID, AND TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE LINKS. THE MAIL SERVICE PREVIOUSLY CARRIED BY THE TWO FERRIES CAN APPARENTLY NO LONGER BE MAINTAINED.

    THE STOPPING OF THE FERRIES IS THE LATEST OF A SERIES OF MEASURES IN SPAIN'S CAMPAIGN TO FORGE BRITAIN TO HAND BACK GIBRALTAR, SUBJECT OF A LONG-STANDING TERRITORIAL DISPUTE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADN9ISDHNP5T3XBJZUR00LYDGG
    Media URN:
    VLVADN9ISDHNP5T3XBJZUR00LYDGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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