It’s the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada setting foot on the Jaladutta to begin His journey to America.
Excerpt from Your Ever Well Wisher by HH Satsvarupa Das Goswami:
“Calcutta, August 13th, 1965
The Jaladutta is a regular cargo carrier of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, but there is passenger cabin onboard. During the voyage from Calcutta to New York in August and September of 1965, the cabin was occupied by ‘Sri Abhoy Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami’, whose age was listed as sixty-nine and who was taken on board bearing a ‘complimentary ticket with food’.
The Jaladutta, under the command of Captain Arun Pandia, whose wife was also on board, left at 9:00am on Friday, August 13. In his diary, Bhaktivedanta Swami noted: ‘The cabin is quite comfortable, thanks to Lord Sri Krishna for enlightening Sumati Morarji for all these arrangements. I am quite comfortable.” But on the fourteenth day he reported: ‘Sea-sickness, dizziness, vomiting – Bay of Bengal. Heavy rains. More sickness.’