I'm afraid that that's what Matelots do. The towns around Naval treat such behaviour as if it were a normal Saturday night.
Of course it shouldn't have happened, but the Big Lizzie is no different from any other Capital Ship. If you keep several hundred young men and women cooped up in a box for a while and then let them ashore to a town that is only too keen to relieve them of their wages. This has been going on for generations.
I'm sure that Francis Drake had similar problems. It shouldn't happen but I see no place for righteous indignation
Seems it is normal and indeed even expected. Six drunk guys, three resisted arrest, fighting amongst themselves, no one else involved. Had it not been big lizzie, probably wouldnt have made the headlines. Ots inexcusable but hardly the crime of the century another take on it
F.E. You would have thought that on this occasion at least, the men could have resisted the temptation to start a drunken brawl in front of the Americans.
The fact that this happened in America is not relevant. As for the men resisting temptation well yes but then they do have senior officers to see to such things. I dare say they will be suitably disciplined and their officers spoken to. In the great scheme of things I doubt if this will be remembered for very long.