03 July 2010

Dashed


From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1945:

LINER "QUEENS" NOT TO BE RELEASED
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Remaining on War Service

Hopes of an early return of the "Queen" ships to regular Transatlantic traffic were dashed by a statement in New York yesterday by Captain C. M. Ford, master of the Queen Elizabeth, that both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary are fully committed "for the duration plus six months" (states Reuter).

After that time the Queen Elizabeth was looking forward to an attempt to wrest the North Atlantic "blue riband" from the Queen Mary, he declared.

Captain Ford disclosed that, owing to circumstances attending her fitting out during the early days of the war and her clandestine run to New York, the Queen Elizabeth never went over the "measured mile" and her maximum speed was never fully established. She operated at 28 1/2 knots in most crossings.

The Queen Elizabeth, like the Queen Mary, had been kept thoroughly repaired and shipshape during her 48 round-trip voyages during the war as a troop carrier.

Photo:
http://www.ssmaritime.com/queenmaryphoto1b.htm

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