22 June 2010

The Ruddy-Faced Scotsman Speaks


From The Lewiston Daily Sun on this day in 1945:

QUEEN MARY DIDN'T SIGHT SINGLE SUB

In 60 wartime Atlantic crossings--59 of them without convoy--the giant liner Queen Mary never sighted a submarine or fired one of its guns at an enemy, Commodore Sir James G. Bisset, the vessel's captain, said today.

Bisset, a ruddy-faced 62-year-old Scotsman, told reporters in the main lounge of the luxury liner that the ship had carried about 650,000 troops, of which about 500,000 were Americans.

Bisset said the ship had sailed in convoy only once because her 29-knot speed was her greatest protection.

Photo:
James Bisset Autograph - Copyright Karen Clark

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