News from 1922: Christmas at New York


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The New York Times, 25 December 1922

TO CELEBRATE ABOARD THE OLYMPIC TODAY
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Dinner and Games for Officers and Crew---American Line Men Have Holiday
Ashore
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The only big foreign flag liner that will celebrate Christmas in this
port today is the White Star Olympic, which carries 1,000 officers and
men. Her saloons all have been decorated with holly and evergreens, in
readiness for a turkey, plum pudding and mince pie dinner for all hands
at 1 o'clock. Each man will have a bottle of beer and the officers and
engineers will have a bottle of red or white wine, always provided by
the company at Christmas time.

The Cedric of the White Star will arrive from Liverpool this morning,
but the crew will not have their Christmas dinner until Wednesday, when
the ship is clear of passengers.

Festivities on the Olympic commence at 9:30 this morning, with athletic
sports on the pier. There will be fifteen events, including running,
jumping, sack races, egg and spoon race and the usual tug of war of
married men versus single men. The former nearly always win. After
dinner there will be music by the ship's orchestra and a whist drive in
the second class dining saloon in the evening. The crew will give their
annual Christmas concert on Dec. 27 in the waiting room of Pier 61. The
chair will be taken by Captain A. E. S. Hambelton, master of the ship.
Prizes for the sports will be distributed after the concert.

The George Washington of the United States Lines and other American
ships are in port, but they are deserted from now until tomorrow except
by watchmen. as officers and crews are ashore celebrating the holidays.
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[MAB Note: The following paragraph appeared at the end of an article
describing a variety of Christmas Day waterfront activities.]

The New York Times, 26 December 1922

Athletic sports were held on Pier 59 yesterday morning by the crew of
the White Star liner Olympic. Captain A. E. S. Hambelton, R. N. R., the
master of the liner, was an unofficial observer, and said he enjoyed the
tug of war. Dinner was served at noon and 1 P.M. for the officers and
engineers, and a football match was played in the afternoon outside the
pier. The crews of the Cedric and Zeeland, which arrived yesterday,
will hold their Christmas celebration tonight, the officers said.

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The New York Times, 25 December 1922

THIN DAYS FOR WHARF CATS
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Scarcity of Ships Cuts Down Pickings of Woo-Ki's Pirate Band
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Because few ships are at the Chelsea piers and because the crews of
those are spending the holidays ashore, the band of pirate cats who live
in the sheds along the North River front are hard put to it for meals,
and their protests Saturday night made the rafters ring. Yesterday
afternoon the band advanced in a body on the Customs guards on duty
and tried to steal their dinners.

Watchman Sam Meders said he had to carry his dinner about with him all
day because he was followed by a squad of cats headed by a one-eyed
battler from Foochow named Woo-ki, which stowed away at Foochow on the
freighter Wei-Han-Wan, and landed here a few weeks ago. The veteran
watchman said last night that he would muster the cats at eight bells
today and take them on board the White Star liner Olympic for a
Christmas feast.

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What's this? 1922! This is Ballyhoo Jazz territory and none of my minion's caught this before know to tell me of it. Where are my Sheiks and Shebas when I need them? I hope they catch this. Thanks Mark. For this you would receive a bottle of Bath Tub Gin but I was raided last night and the cops took all my gin away so they'd have it to celebrate with. Hope they had fun.

Seriously sounds like the Kitties had fun. A regular Cat's Meow.
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The veteran watchman said last night that he would muster the cats at eight bells
today and take them on board the White Star liner Olympic for a Christmas feast.
Awh! Kitty Cat Christmas! How nice.
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