21 February 2009

Voyage 33

On this day in 1944, Commodore James Bisset leaves Gourock for New York to pick up 11,950 American G.I.s and bring them back across the pond where, four months later, many would take part in the D-day invasion. The Queen Mary, traveling at 25.32 knots, takes five and a half days to cross the Atlantic. 

This was the 33rd voyage the ship had made in her capacity as a troop ferry. In the words of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Queen Mary, along with her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, were "Built for the arts of peace and to link the Old World with the New, the Queens challenged the fury of Hitlerism...to defend the liberties of civilization. Vital decisions depended on their ability continuously to elude the enemy, and without their aid the day of final victory must unquestionably have been postponed. To the men who contributed to the success of our operations...the world owes a debt that it will not be easy to measure."

Source:
Gray Ghost: The RMS Queen Mary at War, Steve Harding

Photo:
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