It happened soon after the Armistice. German-American trade, which had been nonexistent for so long, was opening up. the Philadelphia built ship, Liberty Glo, owned by the Shipping Board and under charter to the Barber Steamship Company, loaded in New York for Bremerhaven. The cargo was miscellaneous in the extreme, varying from fat-backs and tallow to second-hand clothing and rag dolls.
It was a Saturday sailing, so times as to put the ship into Germany during Christmas week. The shipping news called it a Santa Claus voyage, perhaps because of the great volume of Christmas packages which went to make up the cargo.
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