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TWO MEN ON U.S. SHIP RETURX TRIP BY AIR Two young men who stowed away on an American ship, spent two days in a naval brig in a forward Pacific area and were flown back to Auckland, appeared in the Police Court before Mr. S. I. Goodall, S.M., to-day. They, were Ivan Urlich (20), labourer, and James Robert Patrick Murphy (18), a seaman, for whom Mr. Hall Skelton appeared. Both denied the charge of stowing away at Auckland on July 23. Accused told the police they had met some Americans, members of the crew of a ship and were told there were vacancies for two men on board. They went to the ship and saw .the captain, but were informed they could not be signed on as they were not American subjects. At the suggestion of some members of the crew who said "The old man might change his mind," they stayed on board hoping they would be signed on. Being tired, they went to sleep in a reception room and when they woke up they found the ship was at sea. They were put to work and eight days later the ship arrived at a Pacific port. As the American authorities would not allow them to fill the vacancies on the ship they were placed in the naval brig, where they spent two days before being returned to Auckland by air. Mr. Hall Skelton pointed out that neither of the accused had any intention of stowing away. There was nothing sinister in what they did.

The magistrate imposed a fine of £10, or 14 days' imprisonment in each case.

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TAKEN TO SEA, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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TAKEN TO SEA Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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