28 October 2010

From The Montreal Gazette on this day in 1937:

Crossing The Atlantic

Some idea of the size of the smokestacks of the "Queen Mary" can be gained by the fact that three railway locomotives could be placed inside one of them. Each of these stacks rises 70 feet from the boat dock. Fuel for the great engines is supplied by oil, of which thousands of tons are burned during a voyage.

Sometimes the sea has looked green to me, but now it seems very blue. The weather has been fine ever since we left New York. Yesterday we covered a distance of 710 knots or 817 miles. That is twice the distance some steamers cover in a day.

Passengers can amuse themselves in many ways while making an ocean voyage. Every liner seems to have the good old game called shuffle-board...Deck tennis is another common ship board sport. Rubber rings are used instead of tennis balls. A player tosses the ring over the net, and his opponent catches it and throws it back. There are ways of making the ring "wobble" so it is hard to catch. Today I played several games of deck tennis with a 12-year-old English girl, Moyca Field. She proved to be quite an expert in making the ring twist and turn as it went over the net.

Pingpong, quoits, dancing and talking pictures are other features of amusement on board. Each afternoon there is a picture show and each evening a dance. Passengers who like to read can have their choice of a large number of books in the ship library.

Going down one of the elevators, we reach a deck with a gymnasium and a large swimming pool. The pool contains salt water--fresh from the ocean. It is too deep for children unless they can swim.

Our voyage is now almost over. Early tomorrow morning we shall land some passengers at Cherbourg, France. Tomorrow afternoon the rest of us will anchor in England's great harbor - Southampton.

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