Mark Heires has provided us with a unique look into what it was like to sail on a freighter from NYC to Bombay, in 1949, as a passenger. He has transcribed and edited an original, handwritten account by his aunt, Sister Mary Martin Heires. She and two of her fellow sisters sailed aboard the S.S. Steel Recorder. The ship began life as the USS Knox (AP-91/APA-46), an Attack Transport during WWII, earning 5 Battle Stars. It's a great read.
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Fascinating. My Father did that India trip many times, some of them on the Recorder. This gives me insight on what the trip must have been like.