Tight Squeeze at Port

Q: I have this newspaper clipping that reads “tight squeeze at Port,” but there is no additional information to explain what it is about. Do you know anything?

A: That photo was published in the Cecil Democrat on Jan. 3, 1957. Just before Christmas 1956, residents in Port Deposit saw a “once in a lifetime” scene, one newspaper reported. Easing slowly down the narrow main street were four World War II aircraft. The planes were being towed to the Bainbridge Naval Training Center, which had requested them from the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va. A commercial tug had towed them up the Chesapeake Bay and docked at Wiley Manufacturing Plant after making the 31-hour voyage. The Port Deposit Police, the Maryland State Police in Conowingo, and the State Highway Department had cleared the narrow streets to let the convoy pass.

— Mike Dixon

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