25 April 2010

Hail, Chief

From The Montreal Gazette on this day in 1936:

New Purser of Queen Mary

Charles G. Johnson, known to thousands of Americans as purser of the Mauretania, has been appointed to the important post of chief purser of the new superliner Queen Mary, announced the Cunard White Star Line, yesterday. Mr. Johnson will be in full charge of the business end of the ship's activities when the big vessel arrives for the first time in New York harbor on June 1.

Like all other officers of the Queen Mary, Mr. Johnson has had extensive experience, although at the age of 53 he is still a comparatively young man to have reached the top of his profession. He first joined the Cunard Line 35 years ago as a clerk in the accountant's department at the head office in Liverpool.

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