14 February 2009

A Million Gallons of Oil

On this day in 1946, a million gallons of oil were pumped into the RMS Queen Mary directly from the 450-foot seagoing tanker, Peter Hurll, due to striking tugboat pilots preventing any oil barges from approaching the ship. It took twelve hours for two six-inch hose lines to fill 'er up. Though this wasn't the first time the ship had been fueled directly from a tanker, Cunard White Star officials called it "unusual."

The Queen Mary at this time was engaged in bringing G.I. brides from England to the United States and was set to depart the following evening, Commodore Cyril G. Illingworth at the helm. 

New York Times
Francis Kerr Young, Engineer Officer (Ret.), RMS Queen Mary

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