RARE FDR Cruise to the Bahamas, 1941, Inscribed
Log of the President's Inspection Trip and Cruise on Board U.S.S. Potomac, 19 March - 1 April 1941.
n.p. [Washington D.C.?]: n.d. .
With frontispiece group photo of Harry Hopkins, Attorney General Jackson, President Roosevelt, Major General Watson, Secretary Ickes, and Rear Admiral McIntire, captioned "Port Everglades, Florida Sunday, 30 March 1941"); , 20 pp. Text planographed from typewritten copy. 1 vols. 4to (11 x 8-1/2 inches). RARE FDR Cruise to the Bahamas, 1941, Inscribed. Original stapled blue wrappers, with crossed fishing poles on upper cover, light sunning at spots to covers, mention of Durno's name on p. 4 circled in pen, else fine. Preserved in custom blue morocco-backed folder Halter, p. 192. Item #239269
Rare log of the Presidential cruise from Port Everglades to the Bahamas, in 1941. "Having had a desire for some time to get away from Washington for a few days of restful diversion, including some hoped for fishing in southern waters. the President had instructed Captain Callahan, his naval aide, to have the Potomac available at Port Everglades, Florida, for a projected cruise to the Bahamas ..."
INSCRIBED to a reporter on board the cruise, "For George Durno / from / Franklin D Roosevelt." From p. 4 of the Log, "Messrs. Durno, Reynolds and Cornell had transferred from the train to the Benson. These three were the only gentlemen of the fourth estate who were with the President during the cruise." Durno, of the International News Service, was a favorite of Roosevelt's and apparently was used to plant questions at press conferences (Winfield, FDR and the News Media, p. 30).
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