Today’s post finds Debs Webster and his family leaving Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and sailing toward their final destination of The United States of America. They still have 1,942 miles to go on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
As the photo below shows, the crew of the S.S. Brazil did a fantastic job keeping the kids entertained.
For more photos of the kids at play, see my previous post Children's Games on Board the S.S. Brazil.
Welcome to America!
Imagine the excitement Debs and his family felt as they finally approached the shores of the United States. I love that my Grandpa Debs took this photo of The Statue of Liberty while on board the S.S. Brazil.
|The Statue of Liberty – July 1952|
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Hello New York City!
Debs and his family arrived in New York City on July 22, 1952 and stayed there until the end of the month.
They had just left winter in Brazil and arrived during summer here in America.
Following their arrival in New York City, Debs and his family stayed at the Hotel Greystone.
My mom recalls that they stayed on one of the upper floors of the hotel and that there was no air conditioning. She said it was so hot!
Originally built as a stately hotel in 1923, the Hotel Greystone is now an apartment building. Here is their current website - Hotel Greystone.
This vintage postcard of the William Sloane House YMCA sits next to the Hotel Greystone postcard in my Grandfather Debs’ photo album. I asked my mom if they stayed there too, but she said no. She thinks my Grandfather bought the postcard because he and his dad, The Traveling Dentist, may have stayed there on one of their trips to the U.S.
Well, my Webster family has finally arrived in The United States of America, so that is the end of this series of posts.
But it’s not the end of their adventures. They still have a trip across the United States to make to reach their final destination in Southern California.
So stay tuned for more stories, photos and vintage postcards from across the United States.
Thanks for reading!
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