• Short Summary

    HUNDREDS OF BRITISH SAILORS WHO ARRIVED IN CAPETOWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ON BOARD THREE BRITISH NAVY VESSELS WERE APPARENTLY UNTROUBLED BY SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID LAWS.

  • Description

    HUNDREDS OF BRITISH SAILORS WHO ARRIVED IN CAPETOWN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ON BOARD THREE BRITISH NAVY VESSELS WERE APPARENTLY UNTROUBLED BY SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID LAWS. EARLIER, THERE HAD BEEN CALLS TO HAVE THE VISIT CANCELLED FROM SOME LEFT-WING QUARTERS IN BRITAIN WHO CLAIMED THAT NON-WHITES IN THE SHIP' CREWS WOULD BE HUMILIATED BY THE RACE LAWS.

    THE MISSILE CRUISER KENT AND THE FLEET REPLENISHMENT TANKER OLYNTHUS SAILED INTO CAPETOWN. TEM FRIGATE ARETHUSA PUT IN AT SIMONSTOWN, THE SOUTH AFRICAN NAVAL BASE 18 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) SOUTH IN THE CAPE PENINSULA.

    THE SHIPS WERE GIVEN A NOISY WELCOME FROM SALUTING SHORE GUNS, ALTHOUGH ONLY A FEW LOCAL CIVIC AND SERVICE OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO GREET THE CRAFT.

    THERE ARE 18 NON-WHITES AMONG THE THREE SHIPS' COMBINED COMPLEMENT OF 900, AND ACCORDING TO REPORTS THEY MET NO PROBLEM AS FAR AS THE RACE LAWS WERE CONCERNED.

    OTHER SAILORS SAID THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN ONE LECTURE BEFORE THEY WENT ASHORE: THERE SHOULD BE NO FRATERNISING BY WHITES SAILORS WITH NON-WHITE GIRLS IN CAPETOWN.

    BUT THE MEN ARE UNLIKELY TO HAVE TIME ON THEIR HANDS DURING THE FIVE-DAY STAY. CAPETOWN, KNOWN BY GENERATIONS OF SEAMEN AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST HOSPITABLE PORTS, HAS ARRANGED AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF PARTIES, SIGHTSEEING AND SPORTS EVENTS FOR THE MEN.

    BRITISH OFFICIALS SAY MULTIRACIAL ENTERTAINMENT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE ARRANGEMENTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAESVR8IYHVPLQE24F6I2VUI16Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAESVR8IYHVPLQE24F6I2VUI16Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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