31 August 2009

Hurry Up Home

On this day in 1939, 700 Americans managed to leave France aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary as it departed European waters and headed for the United States. They joined about 1,500 other passengers, including John Pierpont Morgan, eager to return home before war broke out in Europe. All together, nearly 2,000 Americans departed France --1,100 finding passage on the S.S. Manhattan (cots were reportedly jammed into every corner to accomodate the passengers, who included actresses Grace Moore and Norma Shearer).

NY Times

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