18 April 2009

Making Waves









On this day in 1936, the RMS Queen Mary was undergoing speed trials off the Scottish coast, causing twelve-foot waves to break on the Isle of Arran, a mile away. Traversing a measured course five different times, the giant liner reached varying speeds, the fastest being 32.84 knots, or 35 miles-per-hour.

Here is an account from a shipworker aboard the Mary at the time.


Source:
New York Times
The Evening Independent (St. Petersburg, Florida)


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