All Aboard For Home
Joseph Hirsch

By the end of hostilities the Army had twenty-six hospital ships in service with accommodations for a total of 16,755 patients. The largest and fastest of these, the Frances Y. Slanger (the converted Italian cruise ship Saturnia), could handle more than 1,500 patients. As with other Army-operated vessels in World War II these floating hospitals carried civilian crews in the deck, engine, and stewards departments, but military personnel provided medical care to the patients.