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The Winston was a Prison Ship
The Winston served as a Prison Ship, in August 1953.  A prisoner exchange was part
of the truce stopping the Korean War in July 1953.  Many ships, including the Winston,
were assigned to transport Chinese soldiers from the infamous US prison on Cheju Do
island, up to Inchon. (That truce is still in effect, almost 56 years later.)
 U.S. Army
engineers came aboard and spent three days building stout timber "cages" with
access ladders,  in 3 of our holds.  Then we took about 900 prisoners aboard, along
with  many heavily armed U.S. troops as guards, and made a beeline for Inchon, two
days north.  The Captain was concerned that Chinese Communist Party activists
among the prisoners would later complain about shipboard maltreatment, so he
arranged to give each prisoner a bag of goodies as he came aboard.  He also
assigned me and several others to take lots of pictures during the process, as further
evidence of good treatment  --  if needed.   

The prisoners would cover their faces or spit at us if they saw the cameras. But all
went well, with no major incidents, beyond lots of hollering and insults.  Some of it
was in excellent English.  We delivered them all to more guards at Inchon.   Then
troops tore out the "cages" and cleaned out the holds,  allowing the Winston crew to
breathe again.  And after a few hundred gallons of paint, the stench gradually went
away.  And so ended Winston's one and only service as a Prison Ship. Except for these
photos,  it all seems unreal now.  
                                                                                      Carl Bachle