Thursday, July 1, 1937
JFK and Lem Billings boarded the S. S. Washington to set sail in the start their summer European adventure. Also onboard was Jack’s convertible.
One biographer records Kennedy’s luggage,
Jack was taking three pajama tops and bottoms, seven hankerchiefs, sixteen pairs of socks, eight pairs of underwear, fourteen shirts, four pairs of pants, [and} one bush shirt….
Decades later Billings recalled the trip fondly and remarked how seriously the two chums took to the task of learning about and experiencing the local sights and customs of each country visited,
I don’t think either of us ever again toured museums and castles and chateaux and historical sights as we did that year. Gosh, were both twenty.
[3, p. 178]