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Carmania Page 269

The Carmania or R.M.S Carmania (1) was a Cunard liner and was built by John Brown&Company of Glasgow.  Its first launch took place on the 21st of February in 1905 and made a voyage from Liver pool to New York.  The Carmania managed to differentiate herself by being one of nine ships to rescue a total of 521 people out of 654 that were onboard the burning Canadian Northern ship known as the Volturno in October of 1913. From 1914 until 1916 the Carmania was requested and put to work as an armed merchant cruiser and went back to her original line afterward. The Carmania continued similar roles up until 1932 when she went to the shipbreakers.

On page 269 of Ragtime, a reference is made about the S.S. Carmania. As Coalhouse Walker and his men set up a hold up with his men and Mother’s younger brother in Pierpont Morgan’s home, little did they know Morgan was already two days to sea on the S.S. Carmania. Morgan had set sail toward Rome and was making a slow pilgrimage to Egypt. Coalhouse had not expected this and the entire action was miscalculated and poorly timed. Coalhouse and his men were now stationed in Morgan’s home which was set up for possible detonation, while Coalhouse once again made his ransom request. This "car mania" that is occuring with Coalhouse walker is ironically placed in Morgans house while he is traveling on the S.S. Carmania. This is  E. L. Doctorow's way of toying with words and creating comedic irony throught the story.

The Carmania

  http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=carma

 J. P. Morgan's house on Madison Avenue and 36th Street.

http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/2387/print

http://www.greatships.net/carmania.html

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