The world may be well into the jet age, but many travelers apparently think the old ways of getting from one place to another are best.
Sign French line
Shot of ship's mast
Baggage wheeled along
Baggage up ramp
Sign First Class SS France, pan to passengers
Tourist Class Sign SS Bremen
Group of people
Lifeboat, pan down to sign France in background
Waving goodby from dock
Ship pulls out, pan to stack
Dock area, people & cars
Sign - America sailing
Shot of SS America
Baggage handled (4 shots)
Two shots of ships sailing from Battery park, tip of Manhattan Island
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Background: The world may be well into the jet age, but many travelers apparently think the old ways of getting from one place to another are best.
At any rate, the Port of New York had one of its busiest weekends in history (7 & 8 August) when nearly 10,000 persons headed for Europe on such ships as the France, the Bremen, the America, the Constitution and several others. The exact total was 9,270 passengers.
The reason for the mass exodus was the start of thrift fares on liners travelling east to Europe. Rates went down as much as 20 percent.
In all, 10 ships departed on Friday and Saturday, and longshoremen labored mightily with piles of vacationers' luggage. It was a scene of great confusion, with visitors to the ships and bon voyage parties adding their bits to the general picture. But somehow, everything was straightened out in time, the ships sailed and the Port of New York settled back to its normal bustle of activity.