Ticket : Paper : Printed, Handwritten : Ink; Graphite Pencil : Beige, Green, Black, Purple ; Ht: 9,5 in. x W: 4,5 in.
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March 20, 1944-April 06, 1944
1 page, single-sided. Folded four times horizontally. Document is a boat ticket for the Serpa Pinto, voyage number 30/1017 on March 23, 1944, 3rd class. Ticket is numbered 73/76. At top of page appears the Colonial Navigation Company, which owned the Serpa Pinto, with the company's logo on the left hand side. The logo is a black ship's wheel with a green and white flag in the centre. The wheel has the text C. C. N. / Lobito appearing on it, and on the flag is written C.C.N. The names of the ticket holders are listed as Yakub Baron, Radjzla Baron, Maurice Aron Baron, and Albert Mayer Baron. The ticket was issued in Lisbon on March 20, 1944. Narrative: The donor and his family fled from Nancy to Toulouse in 1940, where they were assigned forced residence status on February 2, 1941. The Vichy Statute of October 4, 1940 stated that foreign Jews could at any time be assigned a forced residence by the prefect of the department in which they resided. This forced residence was in Bagnères-de-Luchon, on the Spanish border. On December 17, 1942 the Barons left Bagnères-de-Luchon, crossed the Pyrenees mountains on foot, entered Spain and lived in Barcelona for one year. The Barons obtained visas to enter Canada via Portugal and travelled to Philadelphia on the Serpa Pinto, which left Lisbon on March 23, 1944 and docked in Philadelphia on April 6, 1944. They arrived in Montreal by train on April 8, 1944. The Serpa Pinto was a Portuguese transport ship, which sailed under the command of Captain Americo Dos Santos. With a capacity of 600 people, the ship made regular trips from Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It has been said that the ship transported about 7800 refugees during the Second World War, among them hundreds of Jews.