27 October 2009

Rolling into Southampton

On this day in 1936, the Queen Mary arrived in Southampton from New York three and a half hours late due to a violent storm in the English Channel. Captain Peel, commander of the Cunarder [pictured], said the ship rolled considerably as the wind blew 55 miles an hour on the starboard quarter, and that speed was reduced 14 knots accordingly.

Four crew members and eight passengers were injured in the gale, including Mrs. Fieldsend, an elderly passenger in third class, who was taken from the ship's hospital to a local area hospital to recover.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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