In September 1914 the American Red Cross raised a group of doctors and nurses, all volunteers, to go to Europe and provide medical care. Assistance was offered to all of the combatants and the Hamburg-American Line offered the use of their interned passenger liner S.S. Hamburg as transport. Re-painted as a hospital ship and renamed the S.S. Red Cross , it sailed that fall. Among the early members of the mission were Dr. Richard Derby and his wife, Ethel Roosevelt, the younger daughter of the former President. Click on this hyperlink to read an excellent article about the nurses in the Mercy Mission.