Non-Pacific Pacific

In the radio rooms of some 50-odd U.S. merchantmen plying Far Eastern waters last week, a terse, startling message suddenly crackled: Proceed at once to friendly ports.

This order was from the U.S. Navy. It meant that each ship—whatever its cargo —had to alter its course. Not since World War I has the Navy issued such an order. But not since then have the calm Pacific waters been as non-pacific as they were last week. Seamen landing at Seattle last week, called them "positively hostile."

Because West Coast maritime comings & goings are no...

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