S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe

Horse racing.

Looking over the line up for the upcoming Belmont Stakes I found two horses with somewhat unusual names. Social Inclusion, who finished third in the Preakness and Kid Cruz, who finished eighth. None of the horses were cursed by embarrassing names such as Up your Kilt or Take a Wiz.

 In the field of ship horse racing, no one surpassed the naming creativity of John Lock, executive purser on S.S. United States. For the mock races in the ballroom Mr. Lock selected names such as Chilly, by Cold Wind out of Atlantic, Pop by Cork out of Bottle, Mal de Mer, by trouble out of Rough Seas and Highball, by Scotch out of Bottle.

After forty years at sea the chief purser knew how to generate enthusiasm and his race calls often brought the crowd to their feet as they cheered their horses on.