26 February 2009

Between Storms

On this day in 1939, the Chicago Tribune reports the Great Depression is showing signs of lifting. An improved financial outlook helps contribute to increased traffic on the Atlantic, with passenger occupancy on Cunard ships increasing by 22% compared to the same period for the previous year. Ever ahead of the curve, the Queen Mary, according to H.P. Borer, general passenger manager for Cunard White Star, has herself shown an increase of almost 30%.  

This encouraging trend will last only so long, unfortunately. Six months later, as the Queen Mary sails to New York, Adolf Hitler launches an invasion of Poland. Subsequent passengers--at least for the duration of the War--will travel for free. 

Additional source:
New York Times

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