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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Trip to Poland, 1937 (An Ongoing Series): Tourist Class is Top Class!



"1st Day 200 miles
2nd Day 426 miles, 44 minutes ahead [of schedule]
3rd Day 486 miles, 24 minutes ahead
4th Day, rough sailing, 424 miles, 32 minutes ahead
5th Day, [went to] Mass, rough sailing, 429 miles, 44 minutes ahead
6th Day, Monday, rough sailing until noon, 431 miles, 56 minutes ahead
7th Day, Tuesday, 442 miles, 60 minutes ahead
8th Day, Land, Farewell dinner"

According to The Ships List the M.S. Pilsudski had 370 "tourist class" cabins and 400 "3rd class" cabins. My Aunt Helen traveled "tourist class." A brochure produced by the Gdynia-American Line proclaims, "Tourist Class is Top Class." The conveniences on board "...assure a high degree of graceful living: Large sun and promenade decks, veranda cafes, American bars, sumptuous social halls, modern ventilated dining room, children's playroom, tennis courts, swimming pool, gymnasium, short and long wave radio stations, music receiving and distributing stations, and an automobile garage." Interestingly automobiles were "...accepted, uncrated, for transportation as excess baggage, at moderate rates..." My aunt traveled on ship to Poland with with two friends from Worcester, MA: Mrs. Kasimiera (also known as Katherine) Gralicka and her two young daughters; and Mrs. Bronislawa (also known as Halina) Pomianowska.

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