From the The Florence Times, Florence, AL, on this day in 1956:
Vandals Hit Liner
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) - Vandals have scarred and gouged decks, furniture and cabin walls aboard the Queen Mary.
The 81,000-ton ship is undergoing annual overhaul here.
The vandalism occurred over the weekend while workmen were away.
Other news sources reported that leather stool tops in the observation bar were slashed, offensive words written on walls, and a sharp instrument was used to inscribe the name of a popular cartoonist on a valuable painting in the smoking room.
An investigation was launched on February 29. No arrests were reported.