16 July 2010


From an article in the Reading Eagle on this day in 1937:

Southampton, Eng., July 16 (AP) - The luxury liner Queen Mary rested mythically today on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean south of Ireland, "sunk" by an attacking cruiser in Britain's vast war games.

The steamship, bound for New York, was theoretically shelled by the cruiser Southampton of an attacking "blue" battle fleet before the "red" fleet and air squadrons protecting the English Channel located the "invader."

The "attack" was staged in the closing hours of a fortnight of naval "combat" over an area stretching from the Azores to the English Channel, in connection with land maneuvers that for the last two days kept all southern England west of a line from London to Bristol in a "state of war."

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