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United States Lines SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike caused by Harry Bridges…

United States Lines SS AMERICA – Didn’t sail in Sept 1963 – because of a strike caused by Harry Bridges…

Maritime unions helped kill the American passengers ship.

The SS America leaves 100s of passengers stranded in 1963.

The Maritime Unions – corrupt leaders, under gangster control, along with the JET, helped kill American passengers ships.  Maritime strikes were endless throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

  • The workers demanded more wages, shorter hours and guess what?
  • All American passengers ships disappeared in the 1970s.
  • Thousands of jobs were lost.  The unions would strike at the height of the season.

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Robert Wilmot, a former Portland, Ore., Communist, expressed the opinion in the Harry Bridges deportation hearing today that “Harry Bridges is the greatest enemy the labor movement ever had.” Bridges was completely responsible for the end of American flag passenger ships. “He was one of the worst naturalized Americans to ever occupy this great land,” President Harry S. Truman. 

  • Alaska Steamship was the first to discontinue passenger service in the early 1950s because of labor problems.
  • The other lines such as Grace Lines, US Lines, American Export Lines, Matson Lines – they soon went out of business.  Now there’s only one American flag ship operating in Hawaii – but the American crews were so poorly trained they had to bring in foreign workers.

Passengers on SS America departing after ships voyage cancelled when Maritime Union charged engineer with bigotry. (Photo by Truman Moore//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Passenger on SS America disapointed after ships voyage cancelled when Maritime Union charged engineer with bigotry. (Photo by Truman Moore//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Passengers on SS America in lounge after ships voyage cancelled when Maritime Union charged engineer with bigotry.  Photo: Truman Moore/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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