29th March 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY, in Garston, Liverpool – James Larkin (“Jack”) Jones CH, MBE – English trade union leader who fought with the British Battalion of the fifteenth International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Ebro in 1938. Died in Peckham, South London, in 2009, aged 96.

Law, order and labour relations: In Sligo Town, in County Sligo, Ireland, the ” Sligo Champion” reports news of the ongoing industrial dispute between Sligo’s fishermen and dockers on one side and the Sligo Steam Navigation Company on the other. The Champion’s headlines read: “Grave condition of Affairs… Town thrown into Disorder…Baton charges on strikers…Sad death of unionman…Police and civilians injured…Scenes of wild disorder”.

Meanwhile in another part of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the National Union of Railwaymen is formed today from the merger of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the General Railway Workers Union, and the United Pointsmen’s and Signalmen’s Society.

Shipping News: The SS Pennsylvanian is launched in Maryland US. After delivery to the American-Hawaiian steamship company to serve as a cargo ship in the Pacific she will become, in August 1914, only the second steamship to travel eastbound through the newly opened Panama Canal. Later still she will be requisitioned by the US Military after the US entry in World War One.

The French trawler “Tadorn” is destroyed off Howick in North East England by a fierce storm. Twenty five sailors are saved by the Boulmer lifeboat crew but another five are laid to rest in the local churchyard, far from their homes and loved ones.

Arms Race: Calshot Naval Air Station open on the south coast of England, as a Royal Flying Corps seaplane and flying boat testing station.

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