After thirty-five-day journey from Kolkata, the Jaladuta reached Boston's Commonwealth Pier at 5:30 A.M. On September 17,1965, the ship was to stop briefly in Boston before proceeding to New York City. Among the first things Bhaktivedanta Swami saw in America were the letters "A & P" painted on a pier front warehouse. The gray waterfront dawn revealed the ships in the harbor, a conglomeration of lobster stands and drab buildings, and, rising in the distance, the Boston skyline.
Srila Prabhupada: So when I was on the ship at Boston port, Commonwealth port, I was thinking that, I have come here. I do not know what is the purpose because, how will the people will accept this movement? They are differently educated, and as soon as I say, 'So, my dear sir, you have to give up meat-eating and illicit sex and no intoxication and gambling,' they will say, 'Please go home.'
Reference:Excerpts from Acharya book with illustration by Bhaktisiddhanta Dasa