SHIPPING: Common Sense & Good Will

For the past year Assistant Attorney General Warren E. Burger has made a hobby of collecting ships, particularly those belonging to a 44-year-old Greek shipowner named Stavros Niarchos. In February Niarchos and seven corporations under his control were indicted under a 1916 act prohibiting foreigners from buying surplus U.S. ships. The Government's charge: through dummy corporations, Niarchos had fraudulently bought 20 such tankers since the war. Niarchos stayed out of the country, and hence out of reach of the Justice Department. But his ships did not. Every time one of them touched a U.S. port, Burger had it seized,...

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