The "Proteus" - depot ship of the American Polaris submarine squadron in Holy Loch, Scotland - was moving at half speed, Mar 2 , on the final stage of her passage across the Atlantic, to avoid arriving ahead of schedule.
AIR/V 'Proteus at sea
LV Holy Loch
GV Tent encampment
SV Canoe taken to water's edge past s
GV Small boats on loch
SV Workman on pier
SV Fishing boat moored to pier
SV/PAN Canoe at pier, pan up to fishermen
SV Workmen look down
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Background: The "Proteus" - depot ship of the American Polaris submarine squadron in Holy Loch, Scotland - was moving at half speed, Mar 2 , on the final stage of her passage across the Atlantic, to avoid arriving ahead of schedule. She was to berth in the loch at 10:30 a.m. on Mar 3.
Carrying thousands of spares for every emergency, the "Proteus" will be able to deal with everything short of a major overhaul in the submarines and to service the intricate missile system they carry . The first Polaris submarine is expected to arrive in Scotland within a few days.
As the vessel approached the Clyde, 96 Scottish clergymen published a statement of protest, and a party of young men of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament rehearsed a demonstration in kayaks and rowing boats for the arrival of the "Proteus".
While the ministers pledged themselves to work unceasingly for the renunciation of Great Britain of nuclear weapons, the young campaigners, who have been living in tents by the loch, prepared to obstruct the mooring of the "Proteus". Wearing life-savers, they paddled their light canoes through fast turns, practising evasive tactics to use against the Navy.
One of them said: "We will cross the path of the Proteus and obstruct its entrance so that the authorities will have to remove us before they can bring the ship into the loch. Specific actions of non-violent civil disobedience to obstruct each of the submarines as they arrive will be carried out until May."
The Scottish participation in the canoe sorties. They are to stage a demonstration at the Holy Loch on Mar 4, when they expect to lead at least a thousand people in a march from Dunoon to the loch.