Feature Letter of October 19th, 2017
Lee, Robina Evelyn
Dear Mother & Dad
Well, here I am aboard the "Aquitania" and have managed to get settled in all right. I sort of dozed off in the train after I left you at Waterloo, but about two o'clock, a steward came round with ice-cream and pineapples so I felt more awake after I'd had some. They were also serving lunches on the train but,of course, I didn't need that.
We arrived at the ship about 3 p.m. and I had no trouble at all. I didn't even need to carry my suitcase. Was I thankful! The Customs man just asked me if my baggage was all personal effects, and how much money I was carrying. I answered yes to the first question and told him exactly how much I had to the second. He just said "O.K." and put a red cross on my baggage, and then I was walking up the gangplank. The wardrobe trunk went down into the hold, and my suitcase automatically appeared in the Dormitory about six o'clock.
I met a girl in the train who is also travelling out alone so we've sort of "palled" up for the voyage. She and I are in the same Dormitory and we managed to arrange with the purser to sit at the same table in the Dining Saloon. We've got the second sitting, which means breakfast at 9a.m., lunch at 1p.m. and dinner at 7p.m. The second sitting is really the best, as it's not nearly so crowded as the first, and most of the babies & children are in bed. There are crowds of children on board, & hosts of little babies, much younger than Patricia. They have special cots right alongside their mother's berths and their food is made up in a little galley reserved especially for them.