30 October 2009
A thief had pried open an automobile door while Mrs. Thomas was eating after she had left her hotel to board the liner Queen Mary. She was forced to cancel her planned visit with her parents in England.
29 October 2009
Reported in the Rome News-Tribune of Rome, Georgia, USA, on this day in 1972, Mr. Harry Erickson of Danville, IL, became the two-millionth person to tour the Queen Mary since her final docking at Long Beach, California, in 1967.
The ship is pictured above a couple of years later, in July 1974.
28 October 2009
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.
27 October 2009
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.
The Sydney Morning Herald
26 October 2009
LONDON - (AP) - The great liner Queen Mary, with 1000 passengers aboard, rolled at anchor off the Isle of Wight in mountainous, mine-strewn seas today in the fourth day of gales which wrecked four small vessels with an indicated loss of 14 seamen.
For the second day the Queen Mary was unable to proceed into her dock at Southampton because of waves 50 feet high in England's worst storm in 20 years.
Countless thousands of mines were reported in the raging seas and the waves were breaking up minefields planted in the war. The admiralty said 65,000 mines were sewn in fishing waters of the east coast alone and only 6500 had been cleared.
The violent gales, sometimes reaching 90 miles an hour, tossed at least 40 ships like barks perilously close to shore in the Straits of Dover.
The 10,000-ton U.S. hospital ship John J. Meany ran wild during the night in the Straits of Dover slewing broadside down a narrow lane of tossing ships.
25 October 2009
ABOARD THE R.M.S. QUEEN MARY - Joseph E. Levine's "Operation Harlow" has gotten into full swing aboard this giant ocean liner as Carroll Baker, who will be transformed into Jean Harlow for her arrival in Southampton, has captured the attention of passengers and crew.
During her first day at sea, Miss Baker was photographed and interviewed by representatives of newspapers and magazines from Germany, France, Italy, England and the United States. Television crews making the unique trans-Atlantic voyage with film and sound equipment worked with Miss Baker in her stateroom on the promenade deck.
All of Miss Baker's free time is being spent in studying the mannerisms, habits, voice inflection, style of dress and make-up of Jean Harlow. She will make her first appearance as Harlow at the "Captain's Gala" dinner and dance in her honor the night prior to the Queen Mary's arrival in Southampton.
Joseph E. Levine will start production of "Harlow" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood Nov. 28.
24 October 2009
On this day in 1939, the Queen Mary and the Normandie were placed under heavy guard at Pier 90 in
New York after a plot to sabotage both ships was discovered. United States naval intelligence reported that one of the ships was to be the target within the following weeks, though which one was unknown. In response, the ships were inspected and a sergeant and ten uniformed police officers were added to bolster the patrolmen already on duty. Two police launches patrolling river approaches also were put on heightened alert, and other police craft searched surrounding waters. Additionally, the NYPD assigned roaming squads detectives to the ships. About 700 crew were still aboard the Queen Mary, now in gray camouflage, while the Normandie's crew had returned to France.
St. Petersburg Times
Public domain - Australian government archives
23 October 2009
To: T. McLaren Esq.,
Superintendant Engineer, Liverpool
I wish to report the arrival of this vessel at Southampton on completion of Voyage 269, Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and return.
The vessel departed Cherbourg at 12.15 a.m. on the 12th October, 1956 and revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 8.48 a.m. the same day, and then maintained until reduced to 172 r.p.m. at 9.08 a.m. on the 13th October.
Owing to Heavy weather on the 13th October, Revolutions were reduced to 162 r.p.m. at 6.34 p.m. and after a period of 2 hours 20 minutes were increased to 172 r.p.m. at 8.54 p.m.
At midnight on the 13th October revolutions were reduced to 170 r.p.m., again reducing to 168 r.p.m. at 9.17 a.m. on the 14th October.
At 9.44 a.m. on the 14th October revolutions were reduced to 172 r.p.m., increasing again to 174 r.p.m. at 10.00 a.m. and further increasing to 175 r.p.m. at 10.31 the same day.
From 8.00 p.m. and onwards on the 14th October, the steam superheat and feed-water temperatures were gradually reduced, revoltuions being reduced accordingly until arrival off the S.S. "ANIA", position 41.10 n., 51. 40. W. at 11.57 p.m. the same day. After Manoeuvering main engines to bridge telegraph orders we proceeded on the passage to New York at 5.00 a.m. on the 15th October.
Owing to hurrucane conditions, various increases were carried out until 4.56 p.m. on the 15th October., when, after a period of 11 hours 56 minutes reduced speed, revolutions were gradually increased to 175 r.p.m.
These revolutions were maintained until 9.00 p.m. on the 16th October, when the steam superheat and feed-water temperatures were gradually reduced, revolutions being reduced accordingly.
Further reductions then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at A.C.L.V. to revised schedule.
9080 tons of oil fuel were shipped in New York and the Vessel departed Pier 90 with 8640 tons on board.
Two (2) water tube boiler were cleaned externally, also the centre funnel uptakes and lower funnel hatch platforms etc. cleaned by the Harbor Marine Corp.
The vessel departed the Company's berth at 5.00 a.m. on the 18th October 1956 and cleared A.C.L.V. at 7.12 a.m. the same day, when revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. the same day.
These revolutions were maintained until 5.00 p.m. on the 22nd October, when revolutions were reduced to 168r.p.m.
Further reductions then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at Cherbourg to revised schedule.
The Engineer Officers' Accomodation has been inspected daily by the Staff Chief Engineer and a Platform Second Engineer Officer.
The Ratings' Quarters have been inspected daily and an Engineer Officer has attended their mess-room at all times, no complaint of any note being received.
The following are the particulars of the Westbound and Eastbound Passages:
Oil Fuel per hour: WB 46.02 EB 47.90
Oil Fuel per 24 hours: WB 1104.48 EB 1149.60
Oil Fuel per Mile: WB 1.769 EB 1.676
Oil Fuel per 3000 Miles WB 5150.70 EB 5028.90
All domestic services have been maintained in a satisfactory manner.
All Engineer and Electrical Officers have carried out their duties to my satisfaction.
The general health of the department has been good throughout the voyage.
22 October 2009
On this day in 1952, Bing Crosby was a passenger on the Queen Mary. He is shown here shipboard, signing autographs before departing.
Hopefully this crossing was more pleasant than one he undertook during World War II, while traveling overseas as part of the U.S.O. In his book, Warrior Without Weapons, medic Robert R. Copeland relates a story in which the crooner was reluctant to stick his head above decks:
"During the trip Bing's troupe entertained the soldiers on board, but the Old Groaner was never up in front of an audience on that particular voyage...Der Bingle had a terrible case of mal de mer.
"His ordeal began at Pier 90 when the Queen's 160,000 h.p. turbines started slowly edging the ship out into the middle of the Hudson River, and ended when forward motion ceased five days later...in Scotland.
"Of all the American entertainers who sailed with us...Bing Crosby was probably the most beloved by the British crewmen. About halfway across the Atlantic a two-man delegation, consisting of the ship's butcher and one of the chefs, sought me out to ask if I could come down and "'ave a look" at their hero. I asked if he was ill, and they nodded in unison.
"...I found him perched on the top of a mountain of 100-pound bags of potatoes in the D-Deck working alleyway which was next to the galley. This is where he had been since we left New York, and this is where he stayed for the entire voyage...
"...It was obvious why the ship's crew had become so concerned. His skin color was a ghastly green and he looked severely dehydrated...I had seen and smelled enough cases of seasickness to know that his acute case was complicated by another factor, but I hesitated to ask him about specific symptoms. But I was pretty sure my diagnosis was correct, and it was verified when I glimpsed the neck of a bottle of Seagram's poking up between potato bags.
"...One of the crewmen went back to the hospital with me and I gave him a few APC tablets, a giant can of pineapple juice, and an M-1 Army issue urinal duct.
"Late that evening as I was about to turn in I remembered my famous patient, and thought I'd better check on him before bedding down for the night. I found him sleeping peacefully on top of the potatoes with two sentinels on duty at the foot of the mountain. His color and overall appearance were much improved, but the can of pineapple juice was still too full for my liking, because dehydration is what we worry about most with seasickness.
"'Why won't he drink his juice?' I asked one of the men.
"'Oh, blimey, yes. Matter of fact 'e's been pullin' at it quite often...one of our blokes said 'e keeps fillin' it up with 'is other medikyshon...the one 'e keeps up there between the potato bags.'
"'Has he used his urinal?' I inquired.
"'Oh, my, yes, loike you advised we've been keepin' tracks on that. See the chalky marks on the bulkhead?'
I looked at the bulkhead, and the record seemed entirely satisfactory."
New York Daily News Photo Archive
Copeland, Robert R.: Warrior Without Weapons
21 October 2009
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19 October 2009
The couple is pictured here at Waterloo Station.
18 October 2009
The berthing was completed in 34 minutes from the time she arrived off the end of her pier.
The liner brought 1,601 passengers and $25,000,000 in gold from Europe.
One line snapped as the ship began use of her winches to bring her to the side of her pier but others were immediately put out and the propellers started. The Queen Mary drifted 75 feet before she was brought about.
17 October 2009
After a lapse of six war years it is again possible for a person in Australia to speak to a person on board the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth or the Aquatania [sic] while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The restoration of this radio-telephone service was announced yesterday by the Postmaster-General (Senator Cameron, who said that the minimum charge would be £4 10/, plus 1/ in the pound exchange, based on £1 10/ a minute. The service would be available daily except Sunday at the following times, 5:15 to 7:15 and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Eastern standard time.
16 October 2009
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14 October 2009
On this day sculpted out of redwood by artist Edmund Kara, Elizabeth Taylor was loaded onto the Queen Mary in New York for transport to Paris. According to the MGM public relations department, the statue would be kept "in a private, temperature-controlled stateroom...with all of the loving, tender care and security reserved for the Mona Lisa." A first class stateroom was reserved for the statue to avoid damage it might undergo traveling in the cargo hold.
13 October 2009
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10 October 2009
The BBC show, Life with the Lyons, featuring the couple and their children, ran on radio and then television from 1950 to 1960.
The couple are shown here posing for photographers as the ship arrived in Southampton.
09 October 2009
08 October 2009
In his book Dr. Maguire reflected fondly on his time aboard the Queen Mary:
"The last ship is always the best ship. That's an ancient saying among seamen and in my case it was certainly true. My last love was the Queen Mary. For eight years after the upheaval of war, when we were both growing a little older, we sailed together. She is a beautiful thing with all the dignity of her original namesake. More than that she embodies the vanishing craftsmanship of men who went about their work with a quiet grim satisfaction and never had any use for the phrase 'good enough'. With them work had to be 'good'.
"I sailed in eighteen different ships and made 275 Atlantic crossings excluding trooping trips, but my 150 peace-time voyages in the Queen Mary were easily the happiest in my life...I met real live people who might have been no more than newspaper names to me had I been in general practice ashore...I met everybody--the film-stars, the financiers whose thinking controlled global figures, the fashion experts whose thinking controlled any-shaped figures, the famous and the infamous, the lot."
New York Times
07 October 2009
06 October 2009
STEEL WORK SPEEDED ON THE QUEEN MARY; Cabin Furniture and Equipment Ready to Be Installed -- New Liner Leaves
According to advices received yesterday from