Courtesy of Mark Tré - "The Cruise Examiner" at Cybercruises.com
Queen Elizabeth‘s arrival at New York from Southampton last week reminds one that it was exactly 65 years ago that Winston Churchill made the same voyage in the original Queen Elizabeth, when he crossed from Southampton to New York in January 1946.
Mr. Churchill was on his way to Miami Beach, where he would write his most famous speeches.
After losing the 1945 election, Mr. Churchill’s doctor had advised him to spend the winter months away from Britain. In HMT Queen Elizabeth, he thus arrived in New York on January 14, 1946, and proceeded by rail to Miami, arriving on the 16th. On the same day 65 years later, Sunday as it happens, the new Queen Elizabeth arrived in nearby Port Everglades.
Mr. Churchill was a guest at the Miami Beach villa of Canadian industrialist Frank Clarke, who himself knew a little about ships and cruising, having been one of the founders of the Clarke Steamship Company. While in Miami Mr. Churchill attended the races at Hialeah, visited the Parrot Jungle in South Dade, painted his "The Surf Club, Miami" and received an honorary degree from the University of Miami. He also took the opportunity to fly to Havana, which he had last visited in November 1895, where he met Cuban President San Martin, acquired 10,000 Cuban cigars and dined with Ernest Hemingway.
It was during this time that Winston Churchill wrote one of his most famous speeches. Given at Fulton, Missouri, on 5th March1946, that speech came to be known as his "Iron Curtain" speech.