05 January 2010


On this day in 1949, the Queen Mary set sail for New York, her hull patched with 125 tons of concrete. The ship had gone aground in a storm in Cherbourg the previous Saturday and it took twelve hours before she could get free and return to Southampton. Bad weather and mud prevented her from departing for New York for another four days. The delay cost Cunard $80,000.

Among impatient passengers to depart the ship before she left for New York was Russia's U.N. delegate, Jacob Malik.

The Reading Eagle, Reading, PA

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