FORMOSA: Troubled Waters

The Russian note was stiff. One of their tankers was missing, and the U.S. Navy must have it. The Russian story was that the 8,840-ton Soviet tanker Tuapse was stopped one morning last week in the predawn hours 125 miles south of Formosa by a "destroyer type" vessel. The captain just had time to get off a message reporting this when radio contact was cut off.

Such a seizure, said the note, "in waters under the control of the U.S. Navy, could be brought about only by naval forces of the U.S.A." The Russians wanted their ship, cargo and crew...

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