Delaware, Friday, June 29 1976
Vanish, But Not Alone
British sailors have apparently added a Gallic flavor to their goodwill tour of
Wilmington, by taking a brief French leave.
to Wilmington police an "attempt-.to-locate" bulletin was issued for
the two, who were last seen leaving the dock in a red Mustang, accompanied by
frigate HMS Bacchante arrived at the Marine. Terminal Friday and is scheduled to
steam to New York on Thursday.
believe the two errant seamen will make it back over the hill before the ship,
departs. The Bacchante's skipper, Capt. Tony Dunn could not immediately be
reached for comment on his plans for welcoming the pair back aboard.
The News Journal
Delaware, Saturday, June 30 1976. Volume 2 Number ?? Fifteen Cents
Party's over for 2 sailors
Two British sailors from the frigate HMS
Bacchante apparently went in pursuit of Bacchus himself – without leave - and
are now confined to ship. Wilmington police had issued an
for the pair, last seen leaving the dock with two women in a red Mustang Monday
was spotted yesterday about 2:15 p.m. in a bar at 7th and Washington Sts. and
escorted back to ship. According to a spokesman for the Bacchante, the two
sailors have lost their leave for being AWOL.
Bacchante, which arrived Friday at the Wilmington Marine Terminal on a
Bicentennial visit, is scheduled to steam to New York tomorrow.
Delaware, Saturday, June 30 1976
Britons Were AWOL in
Plucked From the Drinks.
British tars, perhaps inspired by shipmates' tales of the glories of Wilmington
as a liberty town, were back aboard ship today, hopefully with enough memories
to last them a while.
According to city police, the
two were picked up by a patrolman outside a package store and returned yesterday
afternoon to the HMS Bacchante, named after liberated Greek women who worshipped
Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. Initial reports said the pair, had left the
wharf in the company of two women in a red car. Police
said they were notified yesterday by officers on the 260 man vessel, tied up at
the Marine Terminal for a week-long Bicentennial visit, that Seamen Victor R.
Smith and Anthony M. Kerr, both 21, had "jumped ship."
officers said the pair had violated liberty regulations earlier and were ordered
to stay aboard as a disciplinary measure while shipmates frolicked ashore.
to the News-Journal from the grateful crew thanked the "people of
Wilmington" for their "kindness, hospitality, and graciousness,"
sentiments that apparently weren't lost on Smith and Kerr, who, according to
police, sneaked off the ship in civilian clothes sometime between l and 4 a.m.
Police Sgt. Raymond Campbell,
of the missing persons unit, began combing the city for the two seamen, stopping
in center city tap rooms and asking questions. According to Ralph Levin
proprietor of Jay-Bee Liquors 7th and Washington Sts., the sergeant came into
his liquor store about 2:30 p.m. and asked Levin to be on the lookout for the
sailors. Campbell began
Levin a description of the Britons. Levin said, when they walked by the window.
The sergeant handed them over to Royal Navy officials. According to Lt. David
Sanifer, ship's liaison officer, Smith and Kerr face possible discipline for
being absent without leave. "They're not locked up or anything,"
Sanifer said, "but they won't be seeing any more of Wilmington, I can tell