GREAT BRITAIN: Ill-Defined Frontiers

Scotland Yard was called in by the British Admiralty last week to clear up what looked like dirty work in the Royal Navy. The Yard had ten cases to solve:

1) H.M.A.S. Sydney (a 14,000-ton aircraft carrier): six loose steel bolts clogged the gearbox of the main engine in December 1948.

2) H.M. Submarine Trenchant: one of the main oil pipes was blocked with rag in January 1949.

3) H.M.S. Illustrious (23,000-ton aircraft carrier): highly inflammable magnesium signal flares were found in boiler room in May 1950.

4) H.M. Submarine Trenchant: a mysterious explosion in the batteries injured four seamen at sea off...

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