Fifty years ago

Pics from the Queen Mary just before docking at Pier 90:

2013-01-20 20.03.21.huddled-masses Also see Gareth’s animation on his website.

2013-01-20 20.05.00

Here’s what we had been doing earlier:
(No direct response to any of those messages has yet arrived. However I did hear that year from a boy in the north of England presenting himself as an officer of the International Bottle Club.) Assuming the four-hour time difference and the coordinates were correct, I certainly got the London time wrong — it would have had to be four hours later, not earlier. And I was mistaken at that point about being in the middle of the Atlantic. We were almost there! Here’s what Google Maps makes of those coordinates today:

Here’s where we’d stayed the night before we sailed from Southampton:

Warrenton, Virginia

Presbyterian Church, 1855.

The old railroad station in Warrenton is now a restaurant, Claire’s at the Depot. We had dinner there on August 3rd, 2012. The caboose, still on tracks, rests silently at the kitchen back door.

Parking lot F:

Renee’s Gourmet: