Captain of Norwegian Ship Quizzed by Egypt for Hours on Mail to Israel
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Captain of Norwegian Ship Quizzed by Egypt for Hours on Mail to Israel

The Israel-bound mail from Australia, confiscated 10 days ago by Egypt, came into Egyptian hands because of a rerouting of the ship carrying the mail it was learned today when the ship stopped here. It was learned also that the vessel’s captain was put through a stiff, six-hour quizzing by the Egyptians.

The Israeli mail was part of a shipment of 145 sacks of postal matter being sent from Australia, aboard a Norwegian vessel, the S. S Tarn. The Tarn was scheduled to take the mail to Genoa, for reshipment. However, when it reached Aden, the Tarn was ordered by its Norwegian owners to trans-ship the mail at Port Said. It was during that process of trans-shipment at Port Said that the Egyptian officials discovered eight mail sacks addressed to Israel, confiscated those eight sacks, and subjected the Tarn’s skipper to severe questioning.