03 April 2009

Sailing Symbol

Winston Churchill, with his wife, Clementine, departed for England aboard the RMS Queen Mary on this day in 1949 after a stay in the States that included Sir Winston's appointment to Honorary Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology--where, during the ceremony, he was cited as "the twentieth century symbol of resistence to oppression." 

Unfortunately, the Churchills would arrive back in British waters 24 hours late, as gale force winds in the English Channel delayed the liner and wreaked havoc in parts of Europe, killing 12 people. Upon arriving home, the former prime minister left the Mary by tender at Cowes, a town on the Isle of Wight near Southampton.

New York Times

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