The Pittsburgh Press (November 20, 1940)
NAVY DENIES HALTING SHIPS OFF MEXICO
Washington, Nov. 20 (UP) –
The Navy today described as “false” charges that American destroyers had stopped and examined a Mexican oil tanker and a Honduran tanker off the Mexican coast Monday.
The charges had been made by officers and crew members of the two vessels upon their arrival in Tampico, Tex. yesterday.
The Navy, in commenting on the alleged incident, said:
Reports that U.S. destroyers had stopped the tanker Cerro Azul and the freighter Ceiva inbound to Tampico on Monday are false. No ships have been stopped or boarded. No destroyers have been within 10 miles of the Mexican port, as reported.