From the Eugene Register on this day in 1940:
Queen Mary In Mediterranean
ROME, Oct. 15. -(AP)-It was unofficially reported here today the British liner Queen Mary which left New York City several months ago, presumably enroute to Australia, has been convoyed through the Mediterranean with 1,500* British soldiers aboard. The liner Mauretania was also reported in the convoy as a troop transport.
*The correct number may have been 15,000 as news sources printed both figures.