03 January 2009

Wartime Passage #5

On this day in 1941, the Queen Mary, having been enlisted as a troop carrier the previous year, arrived in Fremantle, Australia, helmed by Commodore Robert B. Irving. The ship had undergone massive changes in order to increase her troop capacity and was regularly ferrying soldiers to the Middle East, which had become the principal theater of war. This photo shows the Mary, now clad in gray, leaving Sydney Harbor with Australian soldiers bound for action in Egypt.


Sources:
Gray Ghost: The RMS Queen Mary at War by Steve Harding
Australian Government

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