{"id":996484481071,"title":"VANDYCK: 1921 - 2 Cunard mystery menus from Sept '39","handle":"vandyck-1921-2-cunard-mystery-menus-from-sept-39","description":"\u003cp\u003eCunard Line: Two seemingly innocuous menus from September 1939 from the T.S.S. VANDYCK. What on earth were Cunard menus doing onboard a Lamport \u0026amp; Holt vessel at the start of WW2? The story behind them reveals a dark and harrowing voyage.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAmericans and refugees were clamoring to get out of Europe. Cunard leased the VANDYCK for one voyage to ease the demand. Five-hundred passengers, half of them Americans, sailed out of Liverpool on September 2nd, the day after Germany invaded Poland. Many of them had tried to book passage on Donaldson Line's ATHENIA. When departing port, the VANDYCK sailed past the ATHENIA and passengers exchanged greetings. The ship anchored in the Mersey and crews hastily painted the formerly white liner gray. On Sunday the 3rd passengers listened to Chamberlain's radio broadcast declaring war on Germany. On Monday the 4th they heard the awful news that ATHENIA had been sunk by a Germany torpedo.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhen the VANDYCK arrived in New York on September 11, passengers reported a nightmare voyage of constant fear. \"It was a terrible ordeal,\" said one mother. \"You don't know what it means to sit in a pitch-black bunk with three children and four lifebelts just waiting for a torpedo to hit.\" \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCunard apparently stocked the borrowed liner with plenty of food and supplies. Both a breakfast menu from September 2, the day the ship departed Liverpool, and a dinner menu from the 6th are printed on Cunard stock. And these are no austerity meals. 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VANDYCK. What on earth were Cunard menus doing onboard a Lamport \u0026amp; Holt vessel at the start of WW2? The story behind them reveals a dark and harrowing voyage.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eAmericans and refugees were clamoring to get out of Europe. Cunard leased the VANDYCK for one voyage to ease the demand. Five-hundred passengers, half of them Americans, sailed out of Liverpool on September 2nd, the day after Germany invaded Poland. Many of them had tried to book passage on Donaldson Line's ATHENIA. When departing port, the VANDYCK sailed past the ATHENIA and passengers exchanged greetings. The ship anchored in the Mersey and crews hastily painted the formerly white liner gray. On Sunday the 3rd passengers listened to Chamberlain's radio broadcast declaring war on Germany. On Monday the 4th they heard the awful news that ATHENIA had been sunk by a Germany torpedo.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWhen the VANDYCK arrived in New York on September 11, passengers reported a nightmare voyage of constant fear. \"It was a terrible ordeal,\" said one mother. \"You don't know what it means to sit in a pitch-black bunk with three children and four lifebelts just waiting for a torpedo to hit.\" \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCunard apparently stocked the borrowed liner with plenty of food and supplies. Both a breakfast menu from September 2, the day the ship departed Liverpool, and a dinner menu from the 6th are printed on Cunard stock. And these are no austerity meals. I count eighty different choices for breakfast while for dinner chef whipped up delicacies such as Creme Argenteuil, Poached Fillet of Salmon, and Prime Ribs of Beef. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThis was the VANDYCK's one voyage for Cunard. Upon arrivial back in England the ship was taken over as a troop transport. In June 1940 it too was sunk by torpedo.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThanks to help from the late ship historian Mark Goldberg, I was able to access New York Times articles about the VANDYCK's time as a Cunarder.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eExcellent condition.\u003c\/p\u003e"}

VANDYCK: 1921 - 2 Cunard mystery menus from Sept '39

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Cunard Line: Two seemingly innocuous menus from September 1939 from the T.S.S. VANDYCK. What on earth were Cunard menus doing onboard a Lamport & Holt vessel at the start of WW2? The story behind them reveals a dark and harrowing voyage.

Americans and refugees were clamoring to get out of Europe. Cunard leased the VANDYCK for one voyage to ease the demand. Five-hundred passengers, half of them Americans, sailed out of Liverpool on September 2nd, the day after Germany invaded Poland. Many of them had tried to book passage on Donaldson Line's ATHENIA. When departing port, the VANDYCK sailed past the ATHENIA and passengers exchanged greetings. The ship anchored in the Mersey and crews hastily painted the formerly white liner gray. On Sunday the 3rd passengers listened to Chamberlain's radio broadcast declaring war on Germany. On Monday the 4th they heard the awful news that ATHENIA had been sunk by a Germany torpedo.

When the VANDYCK arrived in New York on September 11, passengers reported a nightmare voyage of constant fear. "It was a terrible ordeal," said one mother. "You don't know what it means to sit in a pitch-black bunk with three children and four lifebelts just waiting for a torpedo to hit."

Cunard apparently stocked the borrowed liner with plenty of food and supplies. Both a breakfast menu from September 2, the day the ship departed Liverpool, and a dinner menu from the 6th are printed on Cunard stock. And these are no austerity meals. I count eighty different choices for breakfast while for dinner chef whipped up delicacies such as Creme Argenteuil, Poached Fillet of Salmon, and Prime Ribs of Beef.

This was the VANDYCK's one voyage for Cunard. Upon arrivial back in England the ship was taken over as a troop transport. In June 1940 it too was sunk by torpedo.

Thanks to help from the late ship historian Mark Goldberg, I was able to access New York Times articles about the VANDYCK's time as a Cunarder.

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