28 October 2009

Sir Edgar R.I.P.

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle on this day in 1936:

Death Takes Wheel From Noted Skipper

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 28. (AP) - Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, commander of the British queen of the seas, the liner Queen Mary, died today, a few hours after he was stricken by paralysis.

He was 62 years old.

Sir Edgar suffered the stroke just before the Queen Mary was due to leave for New York. Captain R. V. Peel assumed command while Sir Edgar was rushed to a nursing home, where he died.


Sir Edgar joined the service of the Cunard lines in 1901 and was appointed commodore of the Cunard-White Star lines in 1935.

He first went to sea as a youth of 18 in sailing ships in 1892, serving his apprenticeship for command nearly half a century later of the world's fastest transatlantic liner.

1 comment:

  1. I read his book only because i found out that we were related, To be Honest i didn't expect it to be much of a read. But it was an excellent read :) " A Million Ocean Miles"