From the Ottawa Citizen on this day in 1953:
Liner Queen Mary Sails, Leaving Cargo On N.Y. Pier
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The Queen Mary left behind Wednesday 114 tons of general cargo and 11 automobiles because of a longshoremen's work stoppage on Pier 90.
The vessel sailed two minutes early at 11:58 a.m. (E.D.T.) with 1,434 passengers, most of whom had to carry their own luggage aboard.
One union source said the longshoremen stopped work because another Cunard liner, the Mauretania, was scheduled to dock at Pier 92 instead of Pier 90 Friday, which meant they would not get the job of unloading her.