From the Toronto Daily Star on this day in 1945:
Queen Mary Outran 25 U-Boats In 12,000-Mile Race to Egypt
New York, June 21 - The big British liner Queen Mary, in New York today after bringing home 14,526 army and navy personnel from Europe, probably is the No. 1 troop transport of the war.
For the Queen Mary, her latest arrival here with the largest troop passenger list was just another incident in a troop-carrying job she has been carrying on since early in 1942. In the intervening three years she has ranged the seven seas, shuttling troops to far-flung battle fronts under a shroud of tight censorship.
The 81,235-ton liner in the fateful summer of 1942 played a vital role in Allied victory at El Alamein. She rushed half a division of troops and their equipment 12,000 miles from England to Egypt so fast that a fleet of 25 U-boats was unable to aim torpedoes at her.
The following winter, while she was carrying a full load of Americans across the Atlantic, she narrowly escaped sinking when hit broadside by an enormous wave which would have capsized a lesser vessel. At another point in her career, an intercepted radio message enabled her to escape a German plot to sink her with 12,000 Americans aboard.