01 October 2009

Merry on the Mary

From the Toronto Daily Star regarding this day in 1945:


New York, Oct. 2 - (CP) - Prime Minister Mackenzie King, beaming cheerfully at the embarkation crowd in cavernous Pier 90 on the Hudson river, yesterday sent his "very best regards to the Canadian people as he embarked on a fact-finding tour of Europe.

At 1 p.m. he was en route to Southampton aboard the giant Cunard liner Queen Mary.

The 70-year-old prime minister was in a gay mood as he waved his hat to photographers and then stepped briskly up the gangplank. Mr. King was reticent but polite as he hurried aboard the giant ship, the last passenger of note to board her before she nosed out into the Atlantic.

The prime minister arrived promptly at the ship at 11 a.m. - three hours after other passengers had been aboard. He paused for a moment to confer with shipping officials, then posed for photographers and went aboard.

He was the only passenger on the Queen Mary to be given a suite, although such notables as Francis Biddle, former U.S. attorney-general, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal, chief of air staff of the R.A.F., and Lady Portal also were making the trip.

Mr. King will confer with Prime Minister Atlee in London before visiting the continent to see other European leaders.


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