We resume Robert Ebey’s account of the 1946 voyage of the SS. William S. Halsted, repaired and reloaded after its collision with the Esso Camden.
November 19 – – – At last we again get underway at 12:40 p.m. The day is bright and sunny. Beautiful!
November 21-22 – – – The Gulf Stream brings warm summerlike weather.
November 23 – – – Storm at sea! Our neat piles of hay and straw topple over creating a grand mess. No cattle are injured, but two are perched on top of the toppled bales and are about eight feet above the floor. They had no other place they could go and their stalls were full of the toppled bales. Very extensive damage was done to the stalls on deck. Only Ray Zook and Bob Ebey escaped seasickness.
December 1 – – – Another terrible storm. A giant wave broke the outside wall of the cattle stalls. Twenty upright 2 by 4’s (spaced two feet apart) in a row were broken.
December 3 – – – In the English Channel all day.
December 7 – – – We reached the Copenhagen, Denmark, Harbor and anchored for 24 hours. We took on fresh vegetables, milk and water.
December 9 – – – We reached Nova Port, Poland….
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