29 September 2010

Called Back To The Vaterland

From the item "400 Passengers Stranded" in The Montreal Gazette on this day in 1938:

Southampton, England - (AP) - The recall of the North German Lloyd liner Europa to Germany just before her scheduled departure stranded 400 passengers here [yesterday], most of them Americans.

The Europa's passengers made unsuccessful efforts to book passage in the Queen Mary, which sailed...with the biggest passenger list in her history. To accommodate her 2,200 passengers, public rooms in the cabin class were converted into dormitories.

It was announced here that ships of the Hamburg America Line due here from New York...had been ordered to proceed directly to Germany and omit their Southampton call. The Hamburg America Line also cancelled the sailing of the liner Orinoco, due here Saturday en route to Mexico.

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