A German woman gave birth to a baby boy on board Queen Mary 2 last Saturday night as the liner neared the completion of a westbound crossing.
The mother, identified in a news report only as “Johanna,” wasn’t expected to give birth for another three weeks. The baby was delivered by a ship’s doctor just just hours before QM2 arrived at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday.
Births on liners were fairly common during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly among steerage passengers. Saturday’s event is believed to be the first birth on board QM2.
The baby’s name, appropriately enough, is Benjamin Brooklyn.
Both mother and child are reported to be doing well in a New York hospital.
The crossing was the first leg of QM2’s world cruise.
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