10 April 2009


On this day in 1938, the RMS Queen Mary was in the midst of a 24-hour gale in the Atlantic that caused injury to 40 passengers, among them a prominent banker who suffered a broken arm, and the opera singer, Lily Pons, who hurt her finger when it was caught in a cabin door. Despite waves crashing over the decks, propelled by the 70-mile-per-hour winds, passengers who were willing could see Ms. Pons keep her promise to perform, singing selected songs in her well-known colotura soprano.  

When the liner reached port four hours late the following day, the New York Times reported that "Many passengers limp[ed] down gangplank." 

The Billings Gazette
Hartford Courant
New York Times

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