As I noted on Monday, this is the last week in my 54 Days at Sea series.
MS Prinsendam would depart New York around 6:00 p.m. on the evening of May 14. On our way out New York Harbor we passed Ellis Island, which welcomed immigrants to the United States of America starting January 1, 1892. The last immigrant passed through the Ellis Island Immigrant Inspection Station on November 12, 1954. Over 100,000,000 present-day citizens of the United States had ancestors pass through this historic site.
Just beyond Ellis Island, on the much smaller Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty (officially: La Liberté Éclairant le Monde — Liberty Enlightening the World) bid us farewell as we began the last two-day leg of our 54-day odyssey.