ITALY: Reefer on the Reef

The lashing rain-heavy southwest wind which the Italians call libeccio roared down on the U.S. refrigerator ship Grommet Reefer one night last week outside the crammed seaport of Leghorn. In the raging seas, the ship's engines were powerless as eggbeaters. Within minutes, the Grommet Reefer was hung up on a reef only 150 yards from shore.

Coolly the ship's captain, a ruggedBrooklyner named Henry P. Saukant, ordered the watertight doors secured, and jettisoned oil and fresh water to lighten ship. Then he turned over his engines again in a futile hope of...

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