M/S ALFHEM - INSPECTION OF SHIP AND INTERROGATION OF CREW AT KEY WEST, FLORIDA,

Created: 1/19/1955

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nspection of Ship and Interrogation of Crew at Key West, Florida,a

Sunday, lb, word was received from Guatemala thatHEM had arrived the day before at Puerto Barrios, theport of Guatemala, end rumors were circulating that she wasa large cargd of arms. Subsequent events proved this to be correct. The ship departed from Puerto Barrios late Sunday eveningu and her master waa advised by tbe owners in Sweden that they hadtbe charter under which she was operating, and he was to proceed to Key West to "give the American authorities all wanted information."

It was estimated that the AXFHEM would arrive at Key West about Friday,ay, and plans were made toeam to Key West tothe crew. The Navy, through Commander Sullivan at ONI, advised that they would track the ship to make sure that she came to Key West. Through Mr. H. Chapman Rose, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and Mr. Chester A. Bnerick, Deputy CoBvnissioner of Customs, Customs and Coast Guard personnel at Key West were alerted. Through Hr. Helms,

Kr. Samuel Papich of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was contacted and it was agreed that, although they night alert their local agents to watch any of the crew who came ashore, they would not be concerned with any shipboard interrogation.

. on Thursday,ay, word waathe Coast Guard via Mr. Emerlck that "the ship will arrive atatnd will anchor offshore for two or threeinaccurate ETA resultedoast Guard air reconnaissancebefore, and was disputed by ONI, but it was decided to get athe wayrash basis. Accordingly, the following leftEastern Airlines atin Miami

Department of State:

DepertJcent of State: Edward A. Jamison, Deputy Director, Office of

Regional American Affairs Orray Taft,ffice of Munitions Control Central Intelligence _

Chief, Econoadc Warfare Division,

Political and PsychologicalEconomic Warfare Division, PP

BSUCCESS

PBSUCCESS (interpreter)

A Coast Guard plane was waiting in Miami and the party vent straight through to Key West where they arrived about.

h. Lieutenant John B, llayea, Coaat Guard Captain of the Port, mot the plane and askedC mi son to ride with him to his office whore they couldriefing. He advised that the ship had not yet been sighted, and he did not believe she would arrive until midnight. This was contrary to the information we had received in Washington, but exactly in accord with the OKI estimate.

following were present at the Port Captain's Offico:

Boy fi. Alderman, Deputy Collector of Customs at Key West C. A. HcPnerson, Immigration Officer in Charge, Key Weat Edward F. Shaffer, Public Health Quarantine Inspector, Key Weat Messrs. HacWilliams andfirst names unknown) Miami Customs

Office

Lt. Henry J. Gardner, Coaat Guard Intelligence, Miami

Only Jamison Jof the Washington party were present, but wo assumed that the others had been delayed in transport from the airport.

knowing the temper of the ALFHEM's captain or how longbe willing to stay in Key West, we endeavored to keep thepartyinimal, but it was immediately apparent thatat the meeting wanted to go aboard and felt they had validtheir official duties required them to be present.

7- ong discussion, it was finally agreed tha- C- Jand Jamison would start the interrogation, accompanied byC- Jjs Tbe Public Health Officer insisted that he should be the firet aboard to check for any illness, in order to prevent the boarding party from being quarantined on board the ship for thirty days, if sickness were discovered later. Custome Officer Alderman agreed to stand by and come aboard lateream of ten Coast Guard inspectors when preliminary negotiations with tho captain indicated that he was willing to have the ship searched. The Imcigraticm Officer, Mr. HcPnerson, was finallythat he could waive intensive examination of the crew and other

formalities

formalities since it haa been decided that, for security reasons, none of the crew would be permitted ashore. He lateraiver for signature by the undersigned, copy of which is attached.

about an hour of this discussion, word was received that

the Acting Commandant of the Naval Station was waiting for us in his office. There we found three of the angriest four-stripers we had ever seen, together with the rest of the Washington party. Apparently M. Hayes of the Coast Guard hadast one in taking ^amlson am c jin his car to his office, whereas the other cars at the airport were Navy vehicles with instructions to take the entire party to tba Commandant. (See memorandum attached from Lt. Gardner, United States Coast Guard, regarding the background of this jurisdictional hassle between the Coast Guard and the Navy. One explanation for the animosity between these two services, subsequently provided by Hr. Erne rick in Washington, was the fact that shortly before our arrival, the Coast Guard had arrested several Navy personnel for running liquor into Key West from Cuba.)

was finally agreed with Captain William H. Truesdale,(the Admiral in command beingaptainaptain Mousn that the Navy wouldestroyer atto Key West anchorage after the ship's arrival withdetain her there, by force, if necessary, until released byc, j

The Coast Guard was to meet the ship at the sea buoy, escort her to anchorage and maintain picket boat surveillanceii-hour basis as long as she was at anchor. It might be noted here that the Navy was particularly annoyed because they bad not been officially advised of the ALFlH-Cs arrival, and the first word that they had gotten wasuel oil salesman in Key West who had inquired about his chanoes for bunkering the ship. Matters finally simmered down and ultimately Captain Murphy Droved most friendly and cooperative, but there was some loose talknd Jamison having been kidnapped by the Coast Guard when theirst started.

The only additions to the boarding part resulting from the second conference were two ONI representatives, Henry G. Swicord and William S. Douglas.

While all this was going on,eeting in Washington at which he and Mr. Raymond G. Leddy for the Department of State, and the Honorable H, Chapman Rose, Assistant Secretary of Treasury; Admiral Alfred C. Richmond, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; and Hr. Chester A. Emerick, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Treasury Department, agreed to

the measures to be taken for the inspection of the ALFHEM and theof the crew. Seeriginal memorandum dated0 initialed by all present, attached hereto.

SECRET

The Washington party waa put up at the Bachelor Officers Quarters but Mr. Taft elected to spend the nighticket boat with Lt. Hayes, USCG, They were to meet the ship and determine whether the rest of the party should be awakened and brought out to the anchorage or whether the captain would wait until daylight.

The vessel arrived at the sea buoy. and the captain said that he wanted to wait for daylight before coming into thoilot waa put aboard. and she dropped anchor.

he boarding party arrived along side anden minute cursory nnestioning, by Mr. Shaffer, the Quarantine Inspector, Messrs. Jamison^. JandC. Jwent aboard.

Hi. Captain Johsn Henry Lind proved toery agreeable and apparently cooperative Swedeood working knowledge of English. At the preliminary conversation in his cabin, he readily agreedhorough inspection of his ship by the Customs people, Interrogation of any and all members of his crew, photostating of the ship's documents, including time charter, loading plan, crew list, snip's log, and radio log, all of which he turned over to us without question. He also agreed to go ashore and he spent the next eight hours at the Office of the Captain of tbe Port working out his formal affidavit. Cas assigned the task of drafting this document, questioning the captain and recording his answers and observations. The transcript and typing were done by Mrs. Constance W.otary Public in Captain Murphy's office. ook over the photostating of all the documents, whioh was done through Captain Murphy's office, who also supplied photographs of the ship at anchor. The officers and crew were formally interrogated by Lt. Gardner and his Coast Guard intelligence people together withof the Office of Naval Intelligence X loirculated around informally and engaged the crew in conversation on an off-the-record basis. The vessel was searched by Customs Officer Alderman and Mr. Taft and ten Coast Guardsmen whoew odds and ends of printed material, tags, newspapers, burlap bags,ut nothing of any importance.

hen we checked in with Headquarters by telephone on arrival,assed on three specific questions to which he wanted as adequate answers as possible.

a. Was the ship carrying any passengers who debarked at Puerto Barrios?

We were not able to find any information to substantiate this rumor. In private conversation the steward said that he would havo been responsible for providing meals, even if the passenger had been hidden on board, and he was certain that there was no such situation.

REGRET"

econd vessel following the ALFHEM with more anas?

Apparently the first any of the officers and crew heard about this story wss at Puerto Barrios. Second ttigineer Johnsson reported he haduatemalan Major Manual Somoza whom he had knownwedish Red Cross ship returning from Korea, who had told him this story about the second ship. It was clear that nobody on board had heard the story before arriving in Guatemala.

crew member wanted towedish Consul?

This reported request was the reverse of the facts. Second Engineer Johnsson received word from the Swedish Consulate in Guatemala City that the Consul wanted to see him, Johnsson. The latter had no idea why and as his week-end pass to Guatemala City wss cancelled, he never made the contact.

The Chief Officer reported that two members of the crew had jumped ship at Puerto Barrios, but thought that this was not significant. This desertion was properly recorded in the ship's log, and the deserters' few possessions were being taken back to Sweden for delivery to the ship's owners.

Several members of the crew were found to be in need of medical attention, and Dr. Ralph Hers of the Public Health Service was sent out to the ship. Second Cook Ekebergad cut on his leg and First Motorman Kampf had an infected ear. upon the doctor's orders, both of these men were taken to the Monroe General Hospital for treatment and remained there after the ship sailed. They were subsequently interrogated by Lt. Gardner of the Coast Guard Intelligence and his report is attached hereto. The doctor was0 to guarantee the hospital bills of the sick crewmen and eventually sent in what we regarded as an exorbitant bill0 for sewing up Ekeberg's leg and treating Ksmpf's ear. Two other crew members were taken ashore for preventive shots but returned aboard

The search of the vessel and the formal interrogation of the crew were finished by mid-day. As shown by the various reports and affidavits in the file, the captain and officers firmly denied any knowledge of the nature of their cargo. Most of the crew seem to have suspected what they were carrying, but could merely provide guesses in their statements.

As the preparation of Capt.Ain nnd's formal affidavit kept him ashore all day, the interrogatorsC nd the ONI and CG personnel) had an opportunity to fraternize withofficers and crewery informal basis for several hours. Schnapps and beer were provided by the ship's personnel, but even under such informal and friendly circumstances, nothing of consequence was developed regarding our basic question of Just what the cargo had consisted of.

19. The Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard maintained close surveillance of the ship and prevented any representatives of the press fron coming aboard. However, both Key West and Miami papers featured the story ofLFHEM. Copies of these papers are attached.

Late in the afternoon, Mr. Henry P. Holland, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, asked by telephone that signed and sworn statements be obtained from some of the officers to the effect that they were not permitted to look at the cargo; that the unloading at Puerto Barrios was surrounded with unusual security precautions; that access was denied to the public and press; etc. These statements were drafted and authenticated by Lt. Gardner who, as Coast Guard Officer, is authorised

to take acknowledgments.

incidents on tbe lighter side occurred during the dayworth recording. Mr. Tafthinese ideograph paintedside of the vessel's hold. reat deal of effort, heone Chinese resident of Key West named Pong workingocal He was taken on board and translated the ideograph asNew Year."

Late in the afternoon, one of the service interrogators, who must remain nameless, after partaking of the Swedish hospitality of the crew for several hours, solemnly informed the undersigned that there was one item of intelligence which he felt he needed to complete his report and which heas keeping from him, namely: "The true nature of the cargo." When asked what the blank be thought the objective of the entire exercise was, he wandered off into the sunset.

The expedition endedappy note with the entire Washington party in the captain's cabin for an excellent dinner of marinated herring washed down with schnapps and beer and presided over by Mrs.ery pleasant Swedish woman.

Captain Murphy drove the party out to the airport.oast Guard plane took us to Miami for the night. Returned to Washington the next morning, Sunday,ay, via commercial plane, arriving about noon.

erbal report of the expedition was delivered that afternoon to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Henry F. Holland, Mr. Leddy,nd various other interested officials.

25. The ship was proceeding to Cuba to load sugar at AntillesHavana, where arrangements were made for furtherwas sent there and his report is in the There he was able tohotographic copy of the original receipted

Bill of

Bill of Lading. arbon copy had boon provided by Captain Lind nt the first interrogation, but lt was unsigned and he was unwilling to take the original ashore. This Bill of Lading, together with the corresponding loading plen, declared the cargo to be composed entirely of innocent items like shovels, nails, machine tools, laboratory glass, etc. The admission later by Guatemalan officials that arms had been transported on the ALFHEM proved the deception involved in the whole operation.

Assistant Deputy Director (Administration)

U/lT ALFilEti

ednesday,nxxxnformation wao received free the Laval Intelligence Officer in iliani, Lt. I'. Swicord, that the ALFHQ!bo arriving in Key West onay. This inforoation originatedecret nessagc from COiSEX to Naval Intelligence in Miami viitli tlaval Hase,st as info addressee. onference was held in the office ofO Diotrict bet coon Capt.e pood, Cdr. Sharp, Lt. Swicord, Mr. Brantley, Deputy Collector of Customs, I'dsni, and Lt. Gardner. It woo pointed out to Naval Intelligence that regardlesa of the source of information the handlingategory vessel fecesoast Guard responsibility. COMSIX had ordered Baval Intelligence tondoverage of this The inforoation nas that the vessel had been ordered into Key West by the owner in order to cooperate fully with U. S. authorities. Copt. True8dell. Acting CoamandAng Officer, KMC NOB Key West, had indicated to Swicord thatCCffilX had wanted the. Coast. Guard in..on. this case we would have been addressee to the message. Capt. Soicegood contacted CaptVDcnty innd lndicatod to Elm that done'sort of coordination was x* necessaryfQ Level. Apparently, Coast Guard HQ had no knowledge of the vessel's expected arrival In Koy West.

On the afternoon ofroceeded to Key West, Fla. Into thatonference was held at the Hotel LaConcha between Coast Guard Intelligence and Naval Intelligence. It was decided that the vessel would be boarded in accordance with the Commandant's ordersype vessel. It was agreed that Naval Intelligence could board the vessel under fcse coverustoms or Immifyatlon official.

On the morning ofay Lt. J. B. Hayes, Commanding Offioer, Coast Guard Base, Key Weat, was made cognisant of the operation. Hayes stated that he had received informationined Herald reporter that tho ALFHEM, which had discharged arms in Guaxteoaln, was arriving in Key West sons time soon. This information originated fron the Associated Press in Washington. HOB Key West had advised the press that they had no eoanent. this confirmed theuspicion that the Informal!co was accurate. Capt. Swioegood advised moarty consisting of Central Intelligence agents and State DepartmentfaappgaBOi was being flown from Washington to Miami, where the party waa to bo metby the Coast Guard, Ths Coast Guard was then to flv this party and two Customs searchers from Miami to Key West.

JCIA, mas to be given full coops ration. Tho vessel wasby force if necessary upon entry into Territorial waters. Tho Coxeaanding Officer Coast Guard Cutter ABXADHK was ordered to stand by andany assistance required.

Cdr. Culjat, Operations Officer VPcontacted ne personally and advised that his plane had picked up the ALFHEM7 May, off Cape San Antonio,peed of advance ofnots. This information would have made the ETA at Plans were made to board the vessel and hold her under the guiseustoms search waiting arrival of State Departmentfrom Hr. Boy Alderman, Deputy Collector of Customs,

bos nadc coi^niz-ant of the entire situation, and stated that he luuJ received orders from 'fasliin.;ton tome full cooperation in this matter. . KSKHram IscPheroon, Inspector ofation ond naturalisation Sorvico, Key :iest, hos callednd promiaod his full cooperation. Mr. Shaffer, U. S. Public 'tealthsat Service {quarantine) Key :Jcst, iras advisedaodiaii nerclvxnt ship waa expected fron Guatemala, and stated tint he would board the vessel in the customary lumror.

Copt. LJurphy, Cldef of Staff, at MOD Key West, allowed me thohe !md received from OaSSTX atxStt and CNO. Copt, iairphy statedwas not BBare of tha {levy's responsibility in this matter, bat thatcooperate to whatever extent waa required. Arrangements wereall interested parties to meet et the office of Lt. Hayes. Lt. Ha.to lioochan Field to neat the party from Toahington. The Admiral'swas at the field to meetty. It Has discovered thathad given orders to the Admiral'a Aide to bring the partyhis of rice. At'clock Lt. Hayes arrived at his nd most of his party. Soma of the party, however, mereTruesdell'sIrcas brlefod on the Coast Guard's position

in this cose, and then taken to Capt. Truesdall'e office. engthymooting, lt wan decided tint the Coast Guard picket boat nouldvessel at tho sea buoy, and tha aster nould behoiceboarded inrmdlately or waiting until day break and being boa rood. ide tine8 Kay. Tha party from Baohinctonoft* mJamison. State

USAF, reproeenting the Depaxtoont of

Defense, ond Mr. Roary Taft, State Department.

The vessel arrivedfl Hay, sad waa met at the sea buoy byand Mr. Taft, aboard the Coast Guard picket boat. The masterha desired to wait until day break before proceeding to anchorage. Pilot mmSjaaM maa put aboard the veoaal by tba Coast Guard, andwaa escorted toanchorage off the Hole. 0 thnveeonlanchor and pilot. 5 the vessel wasJamison,

lderman, aoPnerson, Shaffer, Swicord. 0 the Boardingconsisting of myself as Coast Guard BoardingustomsUlaol,en from tha ARIADRK, and a. H. Johnson, Invaetlgator,Intoiligenco, boarded the vessel. Br. Taft maa also In thistba supervision ofearch waa instituted In tho The matter af the vessel advised tha State Departaent that itpsmleslble for them to take all ship's papers, including loglading, radio logs.ashore- These papers were

taken ashore, and under tho supervisionrphotostats were made. Tho Kavy arranged for photographs of thee taken from helicopters. Tho vessel was kept under surveillance by Coast Guardooter, and no person wao permitted aboard without tlio permission of myself. Hoot any time boarded tho vessel.

DffOJttAt Ittr ttSKCTH) THROUGHOFfcJJBSlS

cf Ifcto, Carl Axol Ohioson, told ne in subotr.ncc ast lie joined Uw vessel inearl; in April] that it was his underst-andingho person who avloyod bin in Stockholm that the vco-sel mis tnklnc general cargo to Smith Aiaorioa. Me stntod that tho vessel arrived lr. Stettin, Poland, atnd deported5 on lie stated this was hie first trip aboard this ship or with this Caanany, llo stated that ho noticed in Stettin that the freights sacred to be too tif fitly packed to have contained the hardware which ono supposed to have boon loaded on board. He stated that ntiile at oca ho made an Inspection ofold and noticed that one case had broken into and recoopod. Ilo claims that he hnd no actual knowledge of the arns havinr, been on board tho voaeel. He statod that the first Information he had that there had been ams on board the vessel ass from the Swedish radio after the vessel had left Puerto Barrias. Be stated that the vessel left Stxtu Stettin for Dakar for orders. Prior to ETA Dakar the orders mere changod by radio to Cnraoo. Prior to ETA Curaoo the orders wore changed to Honduras. Prior to ETA Honduran the orders were finally changed to Puerto Barrlna. He stated that he did not go ashore in Poland or Puerto Tarries. He statod that hoamily in Sweden, and never goes ashore in any port, except Sweden. Later he told me that same of the cargo was also glassware. He cave pie the information as to the vessel which was required for me to complete my boarding report. Tho Captain had been taken ashore andby members of tho State Department. Throughout the day the Chief Hate was concerned about the Captain, and stated There is ay Captain?"

The Second Mate was interrofyitod by Swicord for several hours, end the information max obtained will be availableater date.

The Captain's wife acted as hootesa for all S. authoritieshadSteward act up on elaborate lunch andargeDutch gin, beer, cigars, choeao, etc. She stated her name was BJorngave her address in Owe dan as ftohusLendoka Knston, UdevalLa,time the interrogation turned to tha information desired Era.very evasive. She advised that her son, Alfren lindsrom, agea member of the crew, and that they had taken him out of collegehim along bocanse he refused to study, lira. Und spokeand used several American slang terms and idioms. She statedhad never been in the States, bat had spent some time in England,aha read several American detective stories. She told me that itdo aire to cash her insurance andrip to the States withoother family. She atnted that tho Chief Mate and tho Cliisf Engineergood friends, had wonderful eonses of humor, and were excellentsaid the crew raccbors were unusually young and inexperienced. Mrs.yoar old daughter aaa also aboard the vessel. It was noted that Urs.that the son is actually hers, bet her age is listed on the crewstated she was married at the age

lira. Una stated that the nifo of the Firot Engineer endear old son woro aboard the vessel. During the conversationnd rowarlced that Sweden has alwnys managed to re mln neutral but will not bo able to do so next tine. lira, land isomann excellentand background. She performed her duties as hostessanner which indicotod that sire had previous experience.

The Thirdorwegian named Olson, was rather difficult to ret info mat ion from. He spoke good English, and stated that his wife and children were in Rormay, but that an Englishman had taken hie wife array froa him. He etntod that ho haa spent considerable tioe In ths States, and mentioned that on one occasion he spentays In lUami livingoman who wae using rcorphlrc . He stated that he went ashore at Guatera&la and got drunk. He was with some of the native Guatemalan girls. While in Guatemala be went swimming with his clothes on. This aas the first night in port. He said that be heard the information that night in Puerto Barrio that JdantaattStt the ALFHES's cargo consisted of arms. Ha said it was general seuttelbutt among the crew that ths cargo consisted of arme. It is believed that the Third Hate, liad knowledge of the arms in Poland. The Third Bate was dissatisfied with the fact tfat he had4 watch instead of no agreed that it mas onatomary that the Third Hate have2 onhlpe, but seemed bitter toward the Captain causing him to stand tba Second Hate's match on Third Hate's pay. Itery closebetween the Third Hate, the Steward, Second Engineer, and tl* wife of the First Engineer. 1

I waa invited in to the Steward's room where he served brandy and coco. Hre. Anderson later oame in to tba room, and shortly thereafter the Third Hate eaaa In. are. Anderson stated that she workedewelry store In lew Jerk for eight years,8 She claims aha mat bar bemband in Bear York. She stated that while the vessel aas in Puerto Barrios her husband had an attack of malaria, and that aha went ashore with the Steward. They returned to the vesselad her husband had passed tho crisis, and mas angry because she had stayed oat so late. The Steward la Danish, andife end two children in Denmark. The Steward left the roomear minutes, and tha Third Kate roraarked that the Steward aas tooteward for that ship. Hre. Anderson remarked that "several of us" were too good for the ship. The Third Hate became disturbed at her remark, and signalled to her to keep quiet. Hre. Anderson claimed that she0 while ashore la Guatemala. It became obviouseriod of time that Hre. Anderson waa sleeping with tha Steward, Second Engineer, and Third Hate. Her husband apparentlyonsiderable amount of time off watch drinking and sleeping. This wma later confirmed by Kamph. Hre. Anderson claimed to have gone ashore in Poland without pemission. She waa alae Interested In sneaking ashore at Key West. Thlo information mas developed by Johnson, DSCO. The Firsthad ordered his wife to keep her mouth shut about the arms. Later he came in to tho Steward's room, and lt was difficult to obtain any furtherat that time.

The Radio Operator wae into rroea tod by ne. His English una not too rood. Several tines he contradiotod hlnaclf. First he denied that he had been ashore in Poland. Later on he ndnitted that he hftd cone ashore during the day tine on Tour occasions at xkxk Stettin. laimed to have no knowledge tiiatcvor oi' the ame. ile denied havirg licord of it, even by radio, lie turned over toacklish cigarettes aMah le said lad Iwen left aboard by the previous radio operator. Saw of his notes and nossages rooeivod by tho ship's radio mro surreptitiously taken from hla waste basket. Part of theae notes contained neosages chicli tvero tjuotod in Swedish, and one iMjssago was in English from the ouner ordering the ship into Key Host and to give the U. S. authorities all wanted information. Upon arrival In Stettin tha Radio Operator stated that all binoculars,and cameras aboard the ship were sealed in the radio shack. Tho Captain took all the radios on board the ship and locked them with the ships* stores. All members of the crew mho were allowed ashore Here given landing cards. Loss of the card resultedine. Every crew nembor mas oUctrod tomall aaount of money, Polish, one pack of clgarettee, and no other article from the ship's store. Armed coords patrolled the dock. Tba Radio Operator reported that he saw the vesselwned by Kolndolchander, Gothenburg, Sweden,ross tons, in Stettin. He claimed he saw ships of the Gorman, Dutch, Poliah, and Norwegian flags there. He stated that on the 8th of April, at Snindmunde, he saw several Polish and Russian torpedo boats.

The Boarding Party returned to the ship with the Captain late in The State Departaent officials stated that they believedall the Information desired. Sworn atat amenta were taken by me fromHate, Chief bate, and First Engineer. Copies of these statementemade available by the State Department later. It ia interesting tothe First Engineer having first made sure the Captain aaa notthat he knew in Poland that the cargo consisted of arms from thethe boxes. The Boarding Party departed the vessel at approximatelysurveillance was maintained by the Coast Guardooter. Two of theof the crew required medical assistance, and Public Health Servicethen on the ship and ordered them hospitalised. The Chief Matedisturbed shout the fact that these man ware goJnetha ship. were placed in nunroe General Hospital, lay

ollow up on ths interrogation of these two crewmen.

The officials from Washington nere returned to Hlaal via Coast Guard plane, and returned to Washington from Miami via ooemwirolal aircraft.

Onay, Rror henry Kaoph, PIrot Uobonaan, waa interrogated for approximatelyhours. Kaoph let it bo known at the out Get that tho reonsiderable amount of friction between him and tho Captain, and lie did not want Ute Captain to know that he had given ua all his lnform-tlon. Kaoph fonred that he nould bo blacklisted. Kaoph wants to be paid off the ship and to return to Sweden. He stated that he will not under any circumstances return to the ship. Dr. Ralph Kcrz, Public Healthstatod tliat bfewphellulitis of the face, neck, and ear,beyond the mastoid process, ond that he will be hospitalised foroays. The prognosis Is good, but had it not been for inctediato treatment this would haverobable abscess leading to the brain. Kamph is in extreme pain unless he is given regular hypo's. Kamph statod tluit there was no doubt in his mind but that the Captain, Chief Hate, and Chief fchglneer had actual knowledge that the cargo was arms in Poland. He stated that the Captain and Chief Mate could not have been eo naive as not to know. He stated that the Chief Uate and Chief Engineer were very close and apart from the other of floors. As Journeyman, Kaoph waato discuss the crow's bnsinosa with the Captain. Kaoph stated that he has been golnr to sea forears, and has neveraptain react as did Captain Lind. Whenever Kamph attempted to present any crow problems to the Captain, the Captain would tell Kaoph that heot of worries on his mind, and could not be bothered with the crew- Kaoph described are. Lindery lovely woman, who helped him out on the so crew matters. Kamph said he haa been in tbe States several tines, and only recently has boon toChina. He stated that when he told tbe Captain that he wanted tooctor at Key West, the Captain said it would not be necessary ond that he would be treated on the ship. Kamph told the Captain that onlaaa heoctor he would arouse tbe crew. The Captain finally consented. Kamph Is afraid that the Captain will cause Kamph to be blacklisted In Sweden and that Kamph will be onahle to get another ahip. Kamph described the food on the ship aa good, and said the crew was vary unrestful, and most of the crewwere afraid. He stated that the Heeaman and Bator Apprentice who Janpsd ship in Cuntemala came aboard lots at night to get their papers, and told Kamph that thoy were going to try to reach British Honduras and return to Sweden. Kamph advised that ths Captain's son was an informer for the Captain, and that anything discussed among the craw in the Captain'a son's presence was carried to the Captain. This waa dlaocnrered early In the trip. Kamph refuses to state that he has any knowledge ofn the shipoccnniot. Kaoph feels sure that the Third Uate had knowledge of the arms. Kamphrother anon he claims was deported from California for having bean on Iron Curtain runs. Kamph stated that the Chief Mate was very mysterious about warning him concerning the cases which had been broken into inold. Kamph stated that the Chief Mate told him that lt would be forgotten but that if there was any more of that soma of tha crew would be imprisoned mark upon the vessel's return to Sweden. Kamph does not want to see the Swedish aaax Consul unloso necessary in order to return to Sweden. In Poland Kamph was told by the Chlof Kate that the cargo consisted of glassware and silk, and that the crew wore to ask no more questions concerning tho cargo. Kamph is

afraid that the Maotor will find cut that ho went down Into tho hold and exarunod the cor#>. Kuvnh otated that ho does not know nhonto the cargo originally, but atated that the Chief Unto could not Iiavcthisiving examined the cargo Idmaclf. It io felt tliat Kaoph fma knowledgo of who broke into the cargo originally', but since the nan Is still aboard tin- ship will not reveal his nmme. Purtlornay provide tide Information. Ksmph stated that when the case of mchine guns fall on dock the two ab's, nELAiHJ-Tt andalso saw this, nere too afraid to discuss it with any ono. Knmph has reed the oaampoper articles cotceming this ship. !te read these artleloo afterntorrogation but prior to signing tbe statement. lie road the statement very carefully before signing lt, and statedm willing to help the free people". Several of the background Info motion about off leers and crew ncrabers that ware obtained by other sources wore confirmed by Karaph. Knmph io an intelligent and observant man. Tho information which ho gave fieoraod to be confirmed wherever possible. Knmph wont aboardHBM He stated that tho AB'e miio joined the ship In Copenhagen mere Swedish and Danish. Karaph stated that he went ashore in Stettin In the day time with no money, lie sold razor. 'k> stated that American cigarettes are wortharton In Poland. Bs saw one Russian passenger ship ofone, end one Russian cargo ship, which was an American liberty ship. He saw two aatmxx small Danish cargo snipe, one smll best Coram cargo ship, one Dutch email cargo vessel, and tbe Finnish cargo ship ECRS0. He saw the Seedieh cargo shins SBWJ0ULLA and ASPEN.

Kamph served on tlwj Swedish tanker CARINA from3 until In3 the vessel wentOSISK, Russia. 'iThon the tankerertain point after entering the Blackussian DS came near the ship and escorted her into port. The same pro-codure maa used upon departure. The imsswi escort remained with the garcia for about lg daye each way. Thereavy Yard In thia port. Several Ceech torpedo boats were in the harbor. These were new and very streamlined. There were two aircraft carriers, three battle ships or heavy cruisers, and six destroyers. When the vessel arrived at port approximatelyimed Russian soldiers bearded the vessel and stationed themselves throughout tho entire ship. Ksmph ax said "It seemed like the whole Russian army una coming aboard". The quarantine doctor asked each member of the crew if he had been to tha States) before, and when Ksmph said he had ho waa restricted to tha ship. Eanph also whined the British tanker there, which mae under Panamanian flag.

Going back to Puerto Parries, Ksmph stated that whan the First Engineer was accused of sabotage the Second Engineer told the Guatemalan's that kknx if they wore going to blomo any ono they should blame him because lie was the engineer on watch. Hotting ever came of thia.

Karaph stated tlot the ercn rlco hoard about Iho vessel having arms theight in ruerto Sarriooc "estcra Union office in toon. Knmpli also renombera seeing rdnclayers in Stettin. itasiph said the Second Uate probably had no iawKledgo of the arms, end described the Second Hate as not being very bright. cn who juraped oMp ot Cuatoaalason, Hessboy, and Canitz, Motor Apprentice. Kaqph described the spare parts as breetch bolts for rifles. o scribed the asctmc machine (Tina as hand machine guns, thirty some odd inches in length.

Karaph believes tlie vessel is not going lonDodsixflabx to UK after Cuba, but that it is going back to Poland. He said that thisypicalrun.

The following is from tlwj Lloyd's Register concerning the vcoael: "Alfhom"loyds Register, supplementTtrinA0 Tons Built0 at Odcnoc Omars Angbats, Itoltualanaka fceet ineet Beam,oet Draft Port of registry is

Uddovalla Swedish"

econd Cook, Ekborg, is also In the hospital with Ksmph. He haa no information of any value, and speaks practically no English. He also nants to return to Sweden, but all papers necessary have boon made up for him and there should be no difficulty. Ksmph on the other hand haa only his gear and hla papers, and no papers for paying him off has been draan.

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MEMORANDUM FOR RECOXDt

for the thorough inspection

of the SS ALFHEM and interrogation of the Master, officers and crew.

Upon tho policy authorization of the State Department and with the confirmation of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Bureau of Customs and the United States Coast Guard will undertake the following steps to implement the above-mentioned examination and interrogation.

Customs will instruct local Customs authorities in Key West, Florida, to do everything possible to see to it that the examination and interrogation shall be made possible and that the vessel shall remain either at anchorage or in portufficient length of time to enable this to be done.

Customs will board the ALFHEM at Key best and advise the Master that he is not to depart until permission is obtained from the Deputy Collector of Customs in Charge. Customs will then advise the Coast Guard senior officer of the instructions given to the Master and Coast Guard will keep the vessel under surveillance and take any action deemed necessary to prevent his unauthorized departure. It is understood that Customs is delaying departure of the ALFHEM at the request of the Departaisnt of State and the Central Intelligence Agency *nd Uustoms will be governed by the instructions received from Mr.CIA who will arrive at Key West, Florida, early this evening.

ii. It is further understood that the action to be taken by the Coast Guard in this connection will be as Customs Officers scting under the authority of1 ofS Code Annotated.

5. artial but very important basis for the foregoing decisions and proposed action is the understanding of CIA, Customs and Coast Guard, received from State Department, that the owner of the vessel has stated that he has dispatched instructions to the Master tofrom Puerto Barrios, Guatemala,S port for the purpose of submitting to inspection and interrogation by American authorities for the information they want. The owner has given his verbalthat no indemnification of any kind will be sought for anydelay to the ship, and the Swedish Government has extended full cooperation to the United States Government in effecting these arrangements with the owner and is aware of the proposed examination.

It is further understood that in connection with the entire handling of this matter, all appropriate measures will be taken and observed to avoid publicity. However, it is anticipated that these efforts could not be entirely successful in view of the fact that the vessel is so well known and isarget for the press.

Tho following representatives of the departments and agencies referred to in the above, were present at the meeting at which this memorandum was prepared, and acknowledge the accuracy of the above-3tated understanding:

FOR THE TREASURT DEPARTMENT -

A

Honorable H, Chapman Rose, Assistant Secretary

Rear Admiral A. C. Richmond Assistant Commandant, US Coast Guard

Kr. Chester A. Emerlck Deputy Commissioner of Customs of tho Investigations Division

THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE -

Mr. Raymond G. Leddy

Officer in Charge Central America and Panama' Affairs

FOR THS CaJTRAL PiTlXIIGSXCL ACKTCCY -

Mr. Frank G. Wisner Deputy Director (Plans)

C 3-

FRANK G. WISNSR Deputy Director (Plans)

(In addition to Sec.fS Code Annotated,citedurther possible lepal basis for this action is the Magnussen Act, the Executive Order Issued thereunder, and the Coast Guardpromulgated pursuant thereto.)

cc: Mr.r.

iwedish Freightel

U.S. Authorities Ask About Bed Arms Shipment To Guatemala

Bf DENIS SHE ICR

The Swetlbh mystery freighter Alfhem todayoff Key Weat and its crew was being questioned by U. S. authorities about an arma ahipment the freighter delivered to'Guatemala.

It has'been'reported that the cargo of arms was1 picked upataport behind the Iron Curtain.

the-Naval Stationm;t

Standingertruyu- .escort.

tlTecusw"o; Xleet-type aubmariniw'- -departed from the.NavalBasehere. -

The big. dirty freighter anchored off the

SltU Dtpt. RalHi

c?ir'

Ja'ttteu" here

lUWuKtiSlaterlf uvVu haoded toL

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iat-Ute S'av?.ha4 nothing Suie 'Department

fat Watbo Siaie Drpirtracnitoe^oadletedefore."

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boat rum ian.jW&-iutf dRbwlThe

fori jJfiolot' Wirt made

edish Arms Ship Held At Key West

last-week.

ba-aTCommunist,-port -of-stcUin in

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U. fL -destroyer-escort lyiceruidew h' tlfcnViardi away:-aselm, la? la The harbnr. siMit*,ttoi>to .The.

Newshawks

l reporterti freighter Alfbelm today sff Key Weit worehe Coast Guard.

Sullmin, reporterhotographer fornewspaper, chartered'and approached thehad dcirucdarm from Comoeiit

Aboard' at-IBe .tine. le pan merit-and ciii loins probing the aim* debrs

'Because'of

eoccenung

wW the flalement released by white, "aod the great secrecy which surrounded the arrival and ucloadtng of the ship al Pi BarrioVhas been possible previously lo tain desired intornauon from the officers of tba-rv "

'Tb* oQicn and crew -m. 'ion'"urely vcl-iwKiry .basavIt was'learncd tn

was leanied In llavane tliatdisa^hamiger lo Cuba, Carlad Dotiftad Cubaninistrytlt.it the'.sked forof the.SGreemenl chart-the freleale/.to'a Br.ush nr. iS" Swedish' dipio'mtl *ald,the rterfor-.hade the useho(to VaospeA7ublt,v;

unition'j

itodaj en-who arms yomuij; utay as she aaoia Canalnda 'cargo from erp-wr

SmS* th*

Tberom Commnniit 'PcJartf^jwWch the AUhelro delivexetf^to cuulited ofmall armiafld'a"'

Meanwhile, Free Galium ia^an*T bunted for^ aboardc itheir in it "anylhii

headed en route to

atWest

SMpmeh

Crew Quizzed In Guatemalan

By'PAT MURPHi!

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ions cfuaterMla:'

tbU tnn.bmlltcd lo' irJIerrbgaUoiyAlfhem-^irijcriibland'Aj'J^crU>'IrtrVlosi;'G after pickinR up the -cargo: In'wulii;and foUowingertt"cou.-se across >Wch'<was uneSptai

iverted froroija*-Cuba 'whereas,to wrcoof '

CJA agent* from the'Stateboarded, the vexefattruUr1"veralj"jajds off tbewas IfT.posed by naval,on'-;ordeiS. . -

jxC .

rojrr ftcnrt, the Toai-

aeieral (mailer patrol boats .patrolled near be in.were.de

COM lo the are.".

Secretary of Stat* John, Poster Dulles.ies* conferencement. said thlproent of the inu laaa mad; under condition* "far from normal.'1

[other

Another vessel auspected ef( transponint contraband armstbi Americarlday in i'-t customs officer* reportediiaapul couldthe Fresaclr Line bound'for

.A'mcretna to fight comniunlaoiand1 aiacHnaj the fovtenibt'nt cooKo oed ita broadcastuatemalan hideout.

Whlla no off let aihas Wn md* fromabout tbe State Depart oaeiH'i Interrogation of Swcdlsb crewmen atoard the anna-carry mg Alfhem. the United Stalesrying io learn where the. were naaaufaetured. who .triad lo eusfuistt the weapon*d laboratory equip laanl and.yi kkmeditime* before fe

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