Transport: Ship Without a Country

In the middle of the Atlantic when war broke out was the pride of the Polish merchant fleet, the 16,000-ton Batory, Captain Eustazy Borkowski. Captain Borkowski doused his lights, watched for submarines, brought his liner safely into New York harbor with 352 U. S. citizens aboard.

While Poland was being erased from Europe's map, the Batory floated at anchor in the Hudson River off Yonkers. It was a restless berth for towering Captain Borkowski, frequently decorated hero of the last war, for 38 years a seaman.

What he was to do with...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!