News from 1929 Retirement of Capt Hickson


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The New York Times, 2 November 1929

LINER'S MASTER TO RETIRE
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Capt. Hickson Sails Today for Last Trip in Command of Adriatic
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Captain V. W. Hickson, senior shipmaster of the White Star Line, will
sail today for Queenstown and Liverpool for the last time in command of
the Adriatic, having reached the company's retiring age of 60. He has
been at sea forty-five years and served his apprenticeship in sailing
vessels before going into steamers. He entered the White Star Line as a
junior officer of the Cufic in 1898 and attained the rank of commander
in 1913 as master of the Cymric.

One of the greatest thrills in Captain Hickson's career afloat was
encountered when as master of the Arabic in August, 1924, he ran into a
hurricane off Sable Island in which seventy-five persons were injured.
At times, he said, the ship was awash and the lifeboats were damaged,
but by skillful handling the Arabic was brought safely to port.

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