17 December 2010

King, Sister, Lord & Anchor

From the Evening Post this week in 1936:

Testing The Anchor Chain

Before the liner Queen Mary went into service her giant anchor chain was tested to destruction. In the first test the whole chain withstood a pull equivalent to 289 tons. Then three link sections of the chain resisted a pull of more than 405 tons without signs of breaking. In a final test the pulling machine exerted a force of 693 tons before a link fractured.

Also this week in the history of the Queen Mary:

In 1948, King Peter of Yugoslavia arrived in New York aboard the Queen Mary with his wife Alexandra for his first public appearance in America at a town hall meeting.

In 1950, Australian nurse Sister Kenny, who developed a way to treat polio victims with hot packs and exercise, departed the United States aboard the Queen Mary, declaring her mission in America complete.

And in 1960, an excerpt of The Memoirs of Lord Ismay, published in The Montreal Gazette, revealed that after deciding to transport a large British delegation to Washington for a conference, a shipment of kit bags originating in Suez was discovered to have infested the ship with vermin. Though Cunard employees rushed to decontaminate the area reserved for the delegation, other parts of the ship remained infested. "I regret to say," Lord Ismay said, "Sir William and Lady Beveridge soon bore unmistakable signs of ravage."

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