World War: Regulations

A special court, including three master mariners, sat in Singapore last week to inquire into last fortnight's sinking, by a British defense mine in Singapore harbor, of the British liner Sirdhana, with loss of eleven lives (TIME, Nov. 27). The commander of a British battery guarding the harbor testified that he saw the ship heading straight where he knew lay a mine field. Did he do anything to warn the ship? No, he replied, he had no authority to do that. But he telephoned to his fire commander and reported the situation. Did the fire commander do anything to warn the...

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