16 February 2009

Cabin Fever

On this day in 1947, the New York Times reports the outlook is bleak for ocean travel. All available ships are booked, with 40,000-60,000 pending applications for North Atlantic passage. Additionally, Cunard is not yet ready to release sailing dates for the Mauretania, the Britannic, or the Queen Mary, whose conversion back into a peace time ship had begun in September. (By the time work is completed in July, and sailing dates are finally announced, the ship will be booked through June of 1948).

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