merchants who go sailing, from today's NYTimes

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Aug 21 19:35:30 UTC 2013

>From an article in the NYTimes, August 21, 2013, Secion A, p. 20, col. 2,
an article on a building in Manhattan:

"Built in 1931 by the same firm that erected the Empire State Building, 550
West 20th Street first served as a lodging house for seafaring merchants."

I surmise that the writer encountered the words "merchant mariners" and was


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.

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