19 May 2010

Purse Overboard


On this day in 1954 the purse of 66-year-old Annie Lucas was blown into the Atlantic by a strong gust of wind as she stood on the deck of the RMS Queen Mary. Mrs. Lucas was distraught as the purse contained $850.00 she had worked hard as a seamstress to earn for her journey abroad. Coming to her rescue, kind-hearted crew members assisted her in recouping some her cash by offering generous donations.

Source: New York Times & Chicago Tribune

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