Maiden Voyage No. 2

With a deep tooted farewell, the French Line's rebuilt Liberté last week nosed out of Le Havre into a Channel rainstorm and headed for New York. The "maiden voyage" of the world's third biggest liner had been delayed six hours by a last-minute protest strike of the ship's officers for a pay raise. Aboard the 49,850-ton, 936-ft. Liberté were Actress Irene Dunne, TV Star Jack Carter, French Line's President Jean Marie and 1,317 other passengers, few of whom could see any signs that the Liberte had once been the North German Lloyd's...

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