The Chicago Tribune wrote “Three dirty, little fishing boats, not one of them over 35 feet long, came chugging into port here early today loaded to the gunwales with sober but thankful Cuban refugees. Unbelievably, the three little boats carried 177 persons to Florida-54 in one, 39 in another, and 34 in the third. The men, with one exception, were gray. The women ranged from teenagers to grandmothers. At least a dozen were nursing babies, “But, my God, we are glad to be here,” they said in varying ways as they wearily climmbed across gangplanks.”