16 March 2010

A Landing at Plymouth

From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1937:



Thousands of people used Plymouth Hoe as a natural grandstand yesterday to watch the arrival of the Queen Mary on her first visit to the port. The liner was given a civic welcome.

No attempt had been made to set up a new record for the Atlantic crossing, but the liner anchored to scheduled three miles off the port at 11 o'clock, the time given when she left New York last Wednesday. Three hours later the first special train, with more than 200 passengers, had left the docks on what was expected to be a record-breaking journey to Paddington.

During the voyage, the Queen Mary encountered bad weather and gales, but she maintained an average speed of 26.73 knots, completing the trip in 4 days 11 hours 58 minutes.

The liner was accorded a civic welcome by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman W.R. Littleton, who, accompanied by representatives of local bodies, went on board to greet the captain, Commodore R.V. Peel.


Commodore Peel said that it was fitting that the queen of the seas should call at the queen of the Southern Coast ports, a port which he knew well when he was in command of the Mauretania.

Sir Thomas Brocklebank, a director of the Cunard White Star Line, returned after making a round voyage in the Queen Mary to gain ideas to be embodied in the construction of the sister ship, No. 582. He spent eight days at sea visiting every department in the ship, from the engine-room to the bridge.

Among the passengers was Sigismund Levanasky, the Russian aviator, who is on his way to Moscow from San Francisco to complete arrangements for a flight from Moscow to San Francisco via the North Pole.

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