From the column "New York Day By Day" by Charles B. Driscoll in The Spartanburg Herald on this day in 1939:
The Queen Mary and Aquitania were side by side at their Hudson river piers the other day, looking forlorn and unattractive in their new coats of muddy gray. The shipping folk do not seem to be sure just what color renders ships nearly invisible at sea. There is so much difference in shades. For some reason, none of the lines has yet resorted to the grotesque camouflage so common the First World War.
The Normandie stands idle, her coat changed, her crew departed for service at home. Piers swarm with policemen and guards, in and out of uniform.