[MGSA-L] An American cruise in the wake of Smyrna

Jack L Davis johnlcaskey at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 04:54:08 PDT 2014

New from the Archivist's Notebook at:


“All Aboard”: Cruising the Aegean in 1923
On the morning of May 14, 1923, a private yacht approached the island of Santorini and cast anchor just outside the bay of Phira. The Zioncarried twenty-five passengers and belonged to an American millionaire and philanthropist, George D. Pratt. Pratt, a recent widower, had come to Greece a few weeks earlier, and the cruise would allow him “to go about the islands taking photographs” as one of the Zionpassengers –or so Natalie Murray Gifford wrote in her own account of the trip. There was, however, another, more practical, motivation that lay behind Zion’s Aegean course. At the end of the cruise, the yacht would sail to Mount Athos to deliver food and supplies to starving Bulgarian and Russian monks, who had lost vital support from home as a consequence of the Russian Revolution. Thomas Whittemore, one of Zion’spassengers, was monitoring this relief effort..."

Jack L. Davis
University of Cincinnati
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