Well, here we are in New York at last! We sighted the Nantucket Light at about 11:30 last night and all rushed to celebrate the fact that we had made it. We went to bed about 1o’clock intending to get up to see the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty at 4 o/c but we overslept and woke up at 5 o/c, we dashed up on deck to find on one side a pier and on the other side a gasometer. Our first view of America!!!
After much charging about, we finally got ashore at about 12 o/c to face customs, police, immigration, dock officials, Cunard officials, etc etc etc. All our luggage was opened and rummaged through and then we were left to repack. They were opening one woman’s packing case with sledgehammers and crowbars, and when they asked her what’s in it, she said tearfully, “china.”
We then got a taxi to the YMCA which is a reasonable place, clean but quite sparse.
<Note: We stayed at YMCA William Sloane House on 356 West 34th Street. Offering single and double rooms for young men, groups and armed forces personnel, it had 1492 rooms!!>
Everyone seems to want tips here and at the moment, not quite knowing what the value of the money is, it is very difficult. We are on the 15th floor and looking out of the window is horrible. We are now going out to get some lunch and then have a look around so I will say cheerio for now and write again when we have more news for you.
Cheerio, love Tony x x