Baby Named “El Nil” for Egyptian Ship

In late 1940, a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Shlomo Gerstein during a 68-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt, to Jersey City, New Jersey (by way of the Suez Canal and the Cape of Good Hope).

The family was sailing aboard the Egyptian steamship El Nil — “the Nile” in Arabic — and so the baby was named Akiva El Nil Gerstein.

Source: “Born at Sea.” Chicago Tribune 20 Oct. 1940: 21.

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