24 October 2009


On this day in 1939, the Queen Mary and the Normandie were placed under heavy guard at Pier 90 in          
New York after a plot to sabotage both ships was discovered. United States naval intelligence reported that one of the ships was to be the target within the following weeks, though which one was unknown. In response, the ships were inspected and a sergeant and ten uniformed police officers were added to bolster the patrolmen already on duty. Two police launches patrolling river approaches also were put on heightened alert, and other police craft searched surrounding waters. Additionally, the NYPD assigned roaming squads detectives to the ships. About 700 crew were still aboard the Queen Mary, now in gray camouflage, while the Normandie's crew had returned to France.

St. Petersburg Times

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