From The Age on this day in 1937:
LINER QUEEN MARY TO BE DOCKED.
Paint Removal May Give Increased Speed.
London, November 18.The London "Daily Telegraph" states that the liner Queen Mary will be docked on December 20 for six weeks' overhaul. The docking charges alone will exceed 21,000. No important changes will be made in the vessel's structure or machinery, but her hull will be scraped and recoated with an anti-fouling composition. Her present thick coats of preservative paint area a factor in reducing speed, the removal of which may improve the mammoth liner's performance.