News from 1921 First White Star Voyage of Arabic III


Mark Baber

Staff member
On 16 September 1921, Arabic III made her first White Star
arrival in New York, a port she had visited regularly in her previous
incarnation as NDL's Berlin. This article appeared the following day.

The New York Times, 17 September 1921

Arabic, White Star Boat, Brings $2,500,000 in Gold Bullion
The White Star liner Arabic, formerly the North German Lloyd liner
Berlin, arrived yesterday from Southampton with nearly 500 passengers;
3,000 sacks of mail and $2,500,000 in gold bullion consigned to New York
banks. She is under the command of Captain John Roberts, formerly of
the Canopic.

The Rev. Dr. John A Morehead, who had spent $2,000,000 in nearly three
years of relief work under the Lutheran Bureau of the National Lutheran
Council in Europe, returned on the liner. He said twenty per cent. was
the prevailing rate for money advanced to Polish peasants to
rehabilitate their devastated land, but the Lutherans charged the people
only 4 per cent.

Another passenger was Mrs. Florence Spencer Duryea, of New York, who
returned with her 12-year-old daughter Alice from a trip to Georgia,
Armenia and Turkey for the Near East Relief. She said the plight of the
children was terrible to witness and that without help from the United
States the afflicted people could not survive.

Several army officers were among the passengers who had been abroad on
missions for the army. Mrs. Hetrick, wife of Captain Charles E.
Hetrick, formerly of the 2d Division, who had been visiting her parents
in France, said she was glad to return to the United States. “America
is looking into the future,” she said, “and in France they are living
and talking in the past.”

Another passenger was W. Palmer Morgan and the Rev. M. Bartlett. The
officers of the ship said that, off the Nantucket Lightship, the Arabic
was in company with the British cruiser Dauntless, bearing the bodies of
the victims of the ZR-2 to New York. She was flying her ensign at
half-mast and was steaming at twelve knots, the officers said.