27 April 2009

Birth of Britten

The RMS Queen Mary's first captain, Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, was born on this day in 1874. Cunard White Star bestowed on Britten the privilege of piloting the ship on her maiden voyage in May 1936.

This British Pathe newsreel from October 29 of the same year includes a tribute to the commodore after his untimely death shortly before sailing time aboard the Mary.

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