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The mostly German crew of the Panamanian-flagged Riviera,
a landmark case in the SUPís battle against flag-of-convenience shipping.
The conditions on this ship were deplorable beyond even the lowest standards
imaginable. The crew had to endure vermin infested quarters, rotten eggs
and putrid meat. Moreover, they were neither paid the wages that were owed
them nor were they allowed to quit. In Portland in 1954, when this photo
was taken they had nothing left to lose. They struck for twenty-seven days
and then they were thrown in jail. It was the Sailorsí Union of the Pacific
that took up the case then, on the docks and in the courtrooms. The case
went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
photo from SUP