16 March 2009


On this day in 1966, the Queen Mary, on a Mediterranean cruise, arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for two days before departing for Funchal on Madeira Island. The cruise had begun in New York on February 25, and had so far made stops in the Canary Islands, Morocco, Greece, Italy, France, the Balearic Islands, and Gibraltar. Funchal was the ship's final port before heading back to New York. A month later, Cunard would announce the Mary was for sale. In little over a year, she would be on her way to Long Beach, California, where she remains today. 

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