03 February 2009

Built for Speed

On this day in 1938, the Queen Mary was a day into her crossing to New York after having undergone her first real overhaul. In an effort to reduce friction and make her faster, the preservative paint on her hull was removed. 

Additionally, engineers improved her machinery in an effort to achieve maximum performance. The adjustments apparently worked -- six months later she won the Blue Riband, surpassing the speedy S.S. Normandie

New York Times
Queen Mary by James Steele


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