22 January 2009

A Souped-Up Ford

On this day in 1949 Captain Charles Musgrave Ford, senior captain for the Cunard White Star Line, was promoted to commodore. Ford had been a commodore in the Royal Navy during World War II, commanding the larger ships as they ferried troops back and forth from major theaters of action. When Cunard White Star resumed peacetime service, in addition to captaining the Queen Mary, he at different times helmed the Aquitania as well as the Queen Elizabeth, where he succeeded Sir James Bisset when he retired in 1947.

This photo, from the Life archives, was taken aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1948.


Sources:
Christian Science Monitor Archives
New York Times Archives

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