24 March 2010


From The Miami News on this day in 1949:

Queen Mary's Anchor Thrills British Worker On Way to United States - He Cast It

NEW YORK, March 24. - The first group of British factory workers being sent here by the ECA to compare manufacturing processes, sailed from Southhampton [sic] this week on the Queen Mary. Leonard Ray, a 58-year-old foundry worker, was among them, and this was his first time aboard a ship. When he boarded the Queen Mary a guided offered to show him around the vessel. But Ray already knew what he wanted to see first: he headed directly to the prow of the ship, and stared in admiration at the anchor. "Does an anchor fascinate you?" the foundry worker was asked..."This one does," he said. "I cast it."

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