Milestones: Binks's Last

As all Cunard-White Star Line officers must do on reaching 60, Captain John W. Binks of the S. S. Olympic prepared last week to quit the sea after 45 years in steam & sail. Memorable indeed was the last westbound trip of the Olympic's florid, stocky skipper from Southampton to New York. Over the North Atlantic raged a winter's storm that brought many a vessel distress, twice sent the barometer from 30 in. to 28 in.—lowest Captain Binks had ever seen. So rough was New York's almost landlocked harbor that mail boats could take...

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