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

Horse racing.


 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.