• Short Summary

    A Royal Navy frigate and a tug were today (Sunday, May 27th) aiding the British trawler Everton -- damaged the previous day by gunfire from an Icelandic gunboat.

  • Description

    A Royal Navy frigate and a tug were today (Sunday, May 27th) aiding the British trawler Everton -- damaged the previous day by gunfire from an Icelandic gunboat. Though holed below the waterline by non-explosive shells from the gunboat Aegir, the Everton was able to make repairs and is now reported to be in no danger of sinking.

    Yesterday's incident marked a grave new development in the Cod War over Iceland's 50-mile fishing limit. It was the first time that live shells had been fired at a British trawler fishing inside the limit.

    British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Michael Sullivan flew over the area shortly after the shelling and reported on the scene. His commentary is transcribed below. An alternative is provided overleaf:
    Iceland's Prime Minister Olafur Johannesson defended the shelling and said that gunboats would take similar action if they had the chance. But in Britain, Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home called for new negotiations to avoid an escalation of the Cod War.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJ5UIDH3LOABV1IE7GIC30XMY
    Media URN:
    VLVAJ5UIDH3LOABV1IE7GIC30XMY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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