Explodes in Havana 1960
pages 35-36, VOL. 19 NO. 2,
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At 9:00 AM Friday, March 4, the French freighter, La Coubre,
quietly tied up in Cuba's Havana harbor.
Six hours later she became the blast that...blew up Cuba
When the French freighter La Coubre, crammed with munitions
Castro's militia, blew up in Havana harbor it caused the
in Cuba since the U.S.S. Maine went down in the same harbor
ago. This time, however, anti-American feeling was
whipped into a
frenzy by Premier Fidel Castro. In fact, at one point
American, one Donald L. Chapman (North Bend, Neb.), who just
to be a passenger on the freighter, was grilled by Cuban
hours before he was finally released.
What happened was this. About 3:00 PM the ship blew up
massive explosion and started to blaze furiously.
swarms of police, firemen and troops rushed to the scene,
in time for many of them to go up with the next explosion at
PM. This tremendous blast was followed by repeated
that went on until the stern of the ship sank and the fire
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These exclusive photographs show almost too graphically the
havoc and horror of the La Coubre disaster.
In the face of Cuban charges of American "sabotage", the
Government blamed the cause of the catastrophe on careless
the munitions by Cuban dockworkers.
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