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On March 9, 1961 the 86-year old Winston Churchill flew aboard a Vickers Vanguard from London Airport to Gibraltar where he was met by General Sir Charles Keightley, the governor of the territory. Keightley drove with the former prime minister to the pier where Churchill immediately boarded Aristotle Onassis’s yacht Christina. Churchill was accompanied by his private secretary Anthony Montague Brown along with Brown’s wife and daughter as well as Lord and Lady Moran and two nurses. Later in the day the Christina sailed for a five-week West Indies cruise which would see the yacht call at Trinidad, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, and Florida before arriving in New York. Onassis joined the cruise midway in the West Indies. Churchill returned to London by air from New York on April 14, 1961.

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