Armed Forces: Overnight Cruise

As the steel war was coming to an end, President Kennedy embarked on an overnight cruise with the Atlantic Fleet. Just before he boarded the heavy cruiser Northampton in Norfolk, Kennedy got word that U.S. Steel had buckled and cut back prices. "I think." he said, "the others will all follow now. They can't afford not to." On that note of triumph, he went out to sea.

The next morning, in a 16-knot breeze, he stood bareheaded and coatless on the foredeck of Northampton and watched 48 ships pass in review. A 21-gun salute pounded out as the nine-mile...

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