Two eye witnesses who were working on the ship during the storm shared their memories , thank you so much for contacting us!
Arline Daniels Welch, Cocktail Pianist remembers:
The most vivid memory I have of the May ’87 storm is sitting in for librarian June Applebee so that she could have a brief break. While I sat at her desk in the swivel chair on wheels, the ship pitched and I rolled right out of the library! I couldn’t stop the ride until I reached the doorway and was able to grab a piece of wall. I wasn’t hurt, just dazed and a bit disoriented for a few seconds by the suddenness and speed of the trip. The library was in shambles with nearly every book thrown off the shelves.
June Applebee, Librarian, quotes from her diary:
I remember turning on the water in her cabin and seeing it come out at a right angle to the tap. A passenger fell and smashed his nose outside of the library and two windows had blown in, one in the Grand Lounge and one in the Mauritania restaurant. The most frightening thing that happened to me was nearly having a photocopier fall on me in the Purser’s office but luckily some nearby staff members saved me from serious injuries. The computer in the library fell on the floor as well. While I was scrabbling on the floor in an attempt to clear up the mess of books and potted plants, a passenger, totally oblivious to the chaos and June’s plight, demanded a copy of the daily quiz.
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If you were on the ship at the time, as crew member or passenger I’d love to hear from you: Where have you been when the waves hit the ship, what were you doing? If you can remember, please share your memories by leaving a comment on the post or drop me a line using the ‘Contact Me’ form.