News from 1915: Capt. Ranson says something about hell---maybe

Mark Baber

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MAB note: Yes, the headline on the first story is inconsistent with the
story itself; it's that way in the original.


Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4 March 1915
Original article digitized by the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/


WHITE STAR CAPTAIN SAYS HE WILL FLY U. S. FLAG
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NEW YORK, N. Y., March 4---"I will fly the British flag and America can go
to hell," announced Captain Ranson of the White Star liner Baltic, when
asked yesterday, prior to the departure of the liner, if he proposed to use
the American flag for protection of his ship and passengers when entering
the "war zone" on his way to Liverpool. The Baltic sailed last evening, in
her cargo being 18,000 tons of war supplies for the British government.

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The Evening Star, Washington, 4 March 1915
Original article digitized by the Library of Congress
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site,
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/


[No Title]
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The White Star liner Baltic, carrying 18,000 tons of war supplies, steamed
from New York for Liverpool yesterday. Her commander, Capt. J. B. Ranson,
said that as far as he was concerned he "would fly the British flag from
America to hell," notwithstanding the German submarines.

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The New York Times, 4 March 1915

BALTIC TO FLY OWN FLAG
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Said to Have Forty Armored Trucks Lashed to Her Deck

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[An irrelevant opening paragraph has not been transcribed.]

The White Star liner Baltic sailed yesterday from this port with a heavy
cargo of general merchandise, but more freight was left behind on the pier.
It is said the Baltic carried lashed on deck forty semi-armored auto trucks
consigned to the British Government. The Baltic took out 150 passengers, of
whom 42 were in the saloon. Capt. J. B. Ranson, the Baltic's commander,
said he intended to fly the British flag in spite of German submarines.

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