The President wanted a change from the confining White House grind. He took a week's cruise aboard the yacht Williamsburg.

First morning out he was up at 6 a.m. to look over Hampton Roads and an eye-filling spectacle: three aircraft carriers, three cruisers and nine destroyers of Task Group 801 of the U.S. Eighth Fleet. Two hours later, the President was piped aboard the new 45,000-ton carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thereafter, anyone who followed energetic Harry Truman around the big ship got anything but rest.

Wearing a long-billed flight cap, the President toured...

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