09 May 2010

If At First You Don't Succeed...

On this day in 1938, thirteen year old Robert Stap boarded the Savannah Line's City of Chattanooga only hours after he had been returned to the United States on the Queen Mary. The boy had stowed away in New York and was found after the ship was at sea. Stepping off the gangplank to greet his mother, he said, "Hello. I'm going to run away again."

The boy had been a stowaway the previous March, as well, making it to France.

Stap's bedroom at home was outfitted to look like a sailor's berth to indulge his love of the sea.

Reading Eagle, Reading, PA

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