Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Henry Ford and his peace ship!

The Oscar II en route to Europe, called by critics.."the flivvership"









The folks working with Ford on his Peace Ship Rosika Schwimmer and Louis Lochner








Ford and company on board the OscarII














The press and comic strips had a field day!!!




















In 1914 Henry Ford decided to create his peace ship. This was a ship to be filled with peace delegates who would sue for peace in Europe. He leased a Swedish American ship called the Oscar II. He filled it with tons of peace advocates.

They sailed in early December and by the time they arrived Ford had a bad cold and took the next ship home and left all the peace advocates there!
The only country that was willing to meet in a peace conference was Germany. But on seeing how stupid Ford seemed to be, Kaiser Wilhelm he referred to Ford as a "dumb mechanic".
Ford had tried to get President Wilson involved and Wilson said no...Ford said of Wilson that he was a small man!...He asked Bryan to come..He said he would try....Jane Adams stayed home...Thomas Edison said NO!....

But Ford went there and said that they should build trackers rather than guns..... The peace ship was of all things a piece of work...and went no where. Just before the ship left Ford was presented with 2 squirrels...It was said that with all the nuts on board they would be busy...

It was not a great success..and in the following World War Ford was very much into isolationism and in fact was more in line with Hitler's Germany than the allies till the beginning of America's entry into the war.


One of the lesser known moments in the life of Henry Ford....

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