1961, 23rd January – Kidnapping of the Portuguese “Santa Maria” bellboy

The newspapers of the time reported that “…at 2 o’clock in the morning, a group of armed men assaulted the bellman’s vital points, resulting in one dead and one seriously wounded”.
The Santa Maria Paquette was insured by Lloyd’s Insurance Company in London for $250,000,000. This insurance company informed the Portuguese state that if the ship had sunk, it would pay nothing, because the policy does not guarantee “war risks”.
Newspaper “Diário de Notícias” clipping of 26th January 1961 – CHAPAS Club collection
Image of newspaper “Diário de Notícias” clipping of 26th January 1961 and “Dinner menu” of 29th November 1960 – CHAPAS Club Collection