Thought I'd post this today , it's a photo from The First Year Of War In Pictures , Odhams Press. Captioned 15 June 1940 US Citizens Recalled. Americans In Britain Go Home. Events in the low Countries and France , and the expected blitzkrieg on Britain caused the American Government to urge its nationals to leave the island at once. On 15 June the US Liner "Washington" (above , with passengers boarding from a tender) sailed from Galway with about 2,000 US citizens. On its voyage the ship was stopped by a german submarine and the passengers were ordered to the boats , but after identification was allowed to proceed unharmed. I have found this interesting webpage about the Washington being stopped by a U Boat. Ten minutes to abandon ship! SS Washington Meets U-Boat. It was stopped just off the coast of Portugal on it's way to Galway. There fore before the above photo was taken.