INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE : President : W. M Citrine, Great Britain
Vice-Presidents : H. Jacobsen, Denmark ; L. Jouhaux, France : E. Kupers, Holland; Corn. M ertens, Belgium : R Tayerle, Czechoslovakia
General Secretary : W Schevenels
Letter Sit Espagne
18 March 1937.
Mr. Walter M. Citrine,
Dear Comrade Citrine
We are informed by our friends in Finland that for some months a mystery ship has been making journeys between Finland and other countries, with cargoes of arms. Its first sailing was on the 1st September, with destination - so it is said, at least - of Great Yarmouth. The cargo was alleged to be wood, but this did not seem to be true. Later in the autumn the same ship left for Yemen, Arabia, 3nd this time it was openly loaded with a cargo of arms. It left here (Helsingfors) for the third time on the 22nd February, again destined for Yemen. This time it was seized near the Spanish coast by a Spanish government cruiser and is therefore now in the hands of the Spanish Government.
The ship concerned was formerly Estonian, but its nationality was later on altered, and it appeared as a British ship under the name of YORKBROOK, the firm of Chas. Strubin & Co., London, being given as the owners.
There has been a lot of publicity about this matter in the Finnish press, everyone asking what it was all about, since the whole thing seemed to be very mysterious. One thing which aroused enquiry was the fact that the steamer was partly repainted in the autumn. The Finnish minister of War has stated that the cargo consisted of exclusively old weapons, not utilisable in Europe, and other old iron which is practically valueless from a military point of view.
Our Finnish comrades are anxious to know the results of examination of the ship's cargo, whether it was really as so described, what was the ship's real destination and whether the log showed that it really went to Great Yarmouth and Yemen.