Bloody Management…

“Late in February 1949 sailors on the Canadian destroyer Athabascan, on a spring training cruise to the Caribbean, staged a nonviolent demonstration, and the following week, in Far Eastern waters, so did about one‐third of the 150‐man crew of HMCS Crescent. The Athabascan was one of the escorts of the aircraft carrier Magnificent, thirty‐two of whose ratings, on 22 March, refused to muster for mess‐deck cleaning duty. In all three cases the men had banded together in protest against long work hours, inadequate shore leaves, shortened meal periods, and bad food. One retired Canadian naval commander blamed ‘poor bloody management by the officers’.”

Leonard F. Guttridge (1992) Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection. Naval Institute Press.


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