14 July 2009

Tune Up

On this day in 1936, ten tug boats pushed the Queen Mary into dry dock where she would undergo an extensive overhaul, from propellers to funnels. Trouble with her turbines meant the ship was consuming too much oil, but there were other problems as well.

According to Time magazine: "The Queen Mary will now go out of service for ten days while "structural alterations" and "mechanical overhaul" are proceeded with, object being to reduce the sweep of smut from her funnels, which has been soiling the clothes of passengers on her afterdecks, and to try to get out of her the 34-knot speed officially claimed before she made her maiden voyage with a maximum speed of less than 31 knots."

Additional source:
New York Times

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