Sir Winston Churchill arrived here aboard the yacht 'Christina' April 12 on an "entirely private" visit.
Sir Winston Churchill arrived here aboard the yacht 'Christina' April 12 on an "entirely private" visit. Well-wishers gave him a rousing maritime welcome nonetheless. Two fireboats met the yacht off the Statue of Liberty and sent spray flying from 16 fireguns in a gesture of welcome. Four helicopters hovered above.
Ocean liners berthed at Hudson River piers sounded their whistles in salute as the gleaming, white 325-foot yacht, owned by Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, moved slowly upstream to a mooring off West 79th Street. The 'Christina' decked out in "dress ship" colours - pennants fluttering in a warm breeze - responded with blasts from her horn.
The 86-year-old Churchill remained below decks. Officers of the yacht said prior to the din of whistles that he was sleeping.
The name of the West Side Highway, running along the shore, was changed for the day to Winston Churchill Drive. Churchill intended to stay aboard until Thursday, 13 April, when he will drive to Idlewild Airport to board a plane for home. He had lunch aboard with Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson and Mrs. Marietta Tree of the United States Delegation to the U.N.
The British wartime Prime Minister, who has been on a Caribbean cruise, will fly tomorrow to England.