02 July 2009

What's in a Name

RMS Queen Elizabeth


From the Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA on this day in 1936:

Bigger Sister Ship to Queen Mary Seen

Glasgow, July 2. -AP-Preparations for constructing a bigger and faster companion to the S.S. Queen Mary were begun tentatively today on the Clydebank.
In shipping circles it was said the liner, if constructed, would probably be christened the King George V, in honor of the late monarch.
An official order for the construction still is awaited. It was suggested the projected liner would have a tonnage of about 85,000 as compared to the 80,773 of the Queen Mary.

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