Portugal: 29 Men & a Boat

Nothing quite like it had ever happened in the annals of the sea. The 20,906-ton Portuguese liner Santa Maria steamed in circles off the Brazilian seaport of Recife. Following in its wake were three U.S. destroyers and a nuclear submarine. A flotilla of fishing boats and launches jammed with reporters and photographers rose and fell on the choppy waves. From a plane overhead, a dashing French newsman parachuted to land on the Santa Maria's deck. He missed and was hauled from the briny deep by the crew of the U.S.S. Damato.

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