Oral Answers to Questions — Altona (English Sailors Fined).

– in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1924.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the experience of the Aberdeen trawler "Rosetta" in Altona harbour; whether he is aware that members of the crew were fined for swimming in the harbour, while German seamen were unmolested while doing the same thing; and whether he has any statement to make?

Photo of Mr Arthur Ponsonby Mr Arthur Ponsonby , Sheffield, Brightside

I am informed that three members of the crew of the steam trawler "Rosetta," were fined the sum of 10 marks each for bathing in Altona harbour on the 27th ultimo. I understand that a German sailor from a neighbouring vessel was bathing at the same time, but left the water as soon as the police boat appeared. It is not certain whether the German police saw this German sailor. Although the German authorities appear to have been within their legal rights in taking the action reported, His Majesty's Consul-General at Hamburg has been instructed to make inquiries into the case and to point out that any infraction of the local regulations was committed through ignorance.

Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

Was the fine in gold marks or paper marks?