18 May 2010

Good Will Cargo


The Queen Mary

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In Service Next Week.

London, 16th May.

When the Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary sails on her maiden voyage to New York on 27th May she will carry what is described as a "good will cargo," consisting of illuminated addresses from the mayors of Cinque Ports - now seven, Hastings, Dover, Sandwich, New Romney, Hythe, Rye and Winchelsea - to their namesake towns, numbering fifty-two, in the United States. The addresses are accompanied by invitations to the mayors and citizens of those towns to visit England during the Coronation year.

Distinguished guests, including members of the cabinet, who were passengers on a cruise down the Channel by the Queen Mary on Thursday and Friday, have declared themselves as impressed with her smoothness and comfort. During the cruise the owners and captains of the Queen Mary and the new Union Castle motor liner Athlone Castle, which passed on her way from Messrs. Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard to her home port, to join the South African service, exchanged congratulations and good wishes "as partners in the great enterprise of maintaining the prestige of British mercantile shipping."

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