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Metha Nelson accusers
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Metha Nelson was a was a wooden-hulled sailing schooner. The vessel, which was chartered to Mario Bello, former stepfather of Jean Harlowe, sailed from Long Beach on September 10, 1938, sailing to Guatemala. Two men, Charles Segal and Abraham Kapellner, claimed that the captain of the ship, Robert Hoffman, treated them badly because they were Jewish and he was German. Segal and Kapellner went ashore in Guatemala and boarded the Italian ship Cellina to return to Los Angeles. Hoffman radioed the captain of the Cellina and told him to hold the pair as mutiny suspects. Two days later, the Cellina, responding to distress flares, encountered the Metha Nelson, its sails in tatters and its engine disabled. When the ship reached San Pedro, Segal and Kapellner were arrested on charges of mutiny. Hoffman admitted using chains to restrain and beat crew members because of necessity. Most of the crew and guests aboard the ship disagreed with the captain and a grand jury refused to indict the two men.
Two men are shown covering their faces walking down the gangplank of the schooner Metha Nelson which was towed into San Pedro Harbor by the Italian liner Cellina. Photograph dated November 29, 1938.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 8733
Schooners--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs

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