April 10th-April 12th: En route to Indochina (Vietnam)
These photos show Charlie, Paulette, and Alta aboard the French ship, Aramis,* between Singapore and Saigon, exactly eighty years ago. Charlie’s valet, Frank Yonemori, who is traveling with the group, probably served as photographer.
For the first time on this long trip, Chaplin was traveling to a place he had never been (nor had Paulette). Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this leg of the trip was scheduled to coincide with his birthday.
*This ship has a rather sad history. In 1942, it was seized by the Japanese and renamed Teia Maru. It served as a repatriation ship in 1943, and then as a transport between Singapore and Japan. In 1944, it was torpedoed & sunk by a U.S. submarine killing over 2600 people.