On December 2, 1940, President Roosevelt left the White House for a military base inspection cruise through the Caribbean. He boarded a train to Miami and then boarded the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa. The goal was to inspect U.S. bases and also take a vacation. During the trip he visited the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Antigua and met with a number of local dignitaries, including the Duke of Windsor.