Anniversary for royal escape through Petsamo

USS American Legion

Today we mark the 70 years anniversary for one of the many events that took place in the Northern areas of Norway, Russia and Finland during WWII. On August 16, 1940, the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha, the Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid and Prince Harald, now King of Norway, left for the United States from Petsamo in Northern Finland on the US troop transport “American Legion” – the last neutral vessel allowed to leave Northern Europe.