04 February 2009

Queen Mothers

On this day in 1946, the Queen Mary departed Southampton for the first time in her role as floating nursery. No longer needed to carry troops across the Atlantic, she would now serve as a ferry for G.I. brides and their babies, the cabin class suites having been transformed into nurseries. After enduring strikes, storms, and stowaways, she headed for the United States carrying 1,700 brides and 650 children (that's 2.6 babies apiece). For many of the women, this would be not only their first time aboard an ocean liner, but their first journey to America.

The Washington Post

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