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On the Boat to Bimini: c.1964

On the Boat to Bimini: c.1964

When my wife was a young lass her parents took her on a trip to Bimini and this photo was taken as she climbed up to the top deck. She bought a new purse just for the trip. I believe the year was 1964 or 65, but I could be mistaken. View full size.

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On a whim

That is almost exactly the same picture, although I do believe it is later at night. There must have been a photographer at the top of the ramp taking pictures. Wonder what kind of camera he used?

Sea Sickness

I will have to ask my wife if she got sick on the cruise. Although she does look rather happy there.

Calypso Liner

Built in 1954 in Germany (with partial funding by a subsidy from the Marshall Plan) as the Rüstringen, a passenger ferry and excursion ship; sold in 1961 to US companies who register it in Liberia and rename it the Calypso Liner; put into service between Miami and the Bahamas; then sold and renamed at least three more times (Lucaya Queen, Carib Queen, Fiesta) until it is broken up in 1980. According to a story in The Miami News on June 18, 1962, "The poor man's cruise ship, the Calypso Liner, sailed an hour late for Bimini today with a hastily recruited crew after the new operators fired the old crew from the captain down." The crew complained of low wages ($3.30 a day when union scale was $11), lousy food ("mashed potatoes six days a week, breakfast, lunch and supper"), and inadequate quarters ("worse than the glory holes"). The article also notes that "Passengers often complain of sea sickness aboard the widely rolling vessel and from time to time some switch to a plane ride home from Bimini."

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