31 August 2010

Félicitations


From the Ottawa Citizen on this day in 1936:

Normandie Owners Pleased Queen Mary Has New Record

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French Line Officials Are Please That Britain's Super Liner Has Been Able To Establish Atlantic Crossing Records for Both Directions.

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Associated Press Despatch.

SOUTHAMPTON, Aug. 31 - French Line officials today extended congratulations to the Cunard line on the achievement of the liner Queen Mary in setting a new transatlantic record for bothwestward and eastward crossings.

"As friends and competitors we are glad that your great liner has accomplished what was expected of her," the resident director of the French Line told the press.

"I am sending the heartiest congratulations of our line to the Cunard-White Star Company at Liverpool, because we are genuinely pleased that the Queen Mary has created a new record," he added.

French Line officials refused to make any statement as to whether the Normandie would attempt to regain her speed laurels.

Under jubilant headlines, London newspapers contrasted the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, who required 70 days to reach the West Indies, with the latest achievements of the Queen Mary in returning the coveted blue ribbon to Great Britain.


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