Bon Voyage

April 24, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“Leave Camp Mills 6a.m.

Loaded on English S.S. Adriatic.

There are 12 ships going across. 33,000 men.

Assigned state room 2nd class.”


Robert certainly could have had a less comfortable trans-Atlantic voyage. The Adriatic was one of the largest and finest passenger ships of the era. 


This is from the US Army WWI Transport Service, Passenger Lists:

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Picture of one of the ferries that took soldiers to their ships:

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Information about the Adriatic:

Captain Edward Smith, who went down with the Titanic, had previously captained the Adriatic


A photo of the Adriatic during its WWI transport service:

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Note that this picture shows the Adriatic in its war-era “Dazzle Camouflage” appearance. The story of Dazzle and how it worked is fascinating. I’d especially recommend listening to this episode of the “99% Invisible” podcast. 


This is extraordinary – a remarkable collection of photos from the Adriatic


A postcard from 1932 depicting the Adriatic, with some of its specifications on the back:

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She was scrapped at Onomichi, Japan, in 1935.

Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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