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ev­ery case, to the eight who died): "We do not think we were told the whole story by the eight long­shore­men who were em­ployed in No. 3 'tween decks, or at least not by all of them.

“Fur­ther­more, we are un­able to give full cre­dence to the ev­i­dence they did give. They all seemed to show great anx­i­ety to neg­a­tive (sic) any idea of smok­ing in No. 3 'tween decks that morn­ing. And yet we are quite sat­is­fied there was smok­ing there.”

Ev­i­dence had been given that more than one long­shore­man had been smok­ing aboard the Greenhill Park. (The Long­shore­men's Union, in­ci­den­tally, com­plained bit­terly—and cor­rectly—that their men had not been told of the haz­ardous na­ture of the sodium chlo­rate part of the cargo. Un­der a wide va­ri­ety of cir­cum­stances, this chem­i­cal is ex­plo­sive.)

The re­port also said, “. . . we think the true ex­pla­na­tion of the speedy spread­ing of the fire was that whisky es­caped from one or more of the bar­rels, spilled into the sur­round­ing com­bustible cargo, and was ig­nited by a lighted match care­lessly dropped by a long­shore­man in the vicin­ity.”

And the re­port said that the court had come to the con­clu­sion that the liquor bar­rels had been tam­pered with. Ref­er­ence was made to the dis­cov­ery af­ter the ex­plo­sion of lunch pails spe­cially sol­dered to carry liq­uids and of hot­wa­ter bot­tles sewn on the in­side of a jacket sim­i­lar to that worn by long­shore­men.

“It seems to us,” the re­port said, “that th­ese were there for the ex­press pur­pose of car­ry­ing away pil­fered whisky.”

In June of 1946, the Greenhill Park, re­paired, sailed away from Van­cou­ver as the S.S. Phaex II un­der the new own­er­ship of a Greek com­pany. By 1967, as the La­gos Michi­gan, she was sold to For­mosan ship­break­ers for scrap.

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