18 April 2011

Queen Mary in...Norway?

This week in the history of the R. M. S. Queen Mary:

Docking at Cherbourg

On this voyage to New York the Queen Mary due early Monday afternoon docked at Cherbourg during her call there. Heretofore she has anchored inside the breakwater and passengers have boarded from a tender. From now on all express steamers of Cunard White Star will be berthed at the new Cherbourg pier. Trains run down to the boatside, adding to the convenience of embarkation.

The new quay at Cherbourg is approximately 2,000 feet long and about 450 feet in depth. It is double decked. Four railroad tracks run through it so that four separate trains can be accommodated at one time. Motor cars can also be driven right up to the gangways on the motor runway which leads right into the shed.
- The Montreal Gazette, April 17, 1937

Queen Mary Takes Troops to Norway

DES MOINES--(U.P.)--Col. Frank Knox, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, said last night in an interview that he had received information through private sources that the British luxury liner Queen Mary had been loaded with Canadian troops and embarked several days ago from Halifax harbor for Norway.

"By now," he said, "it must be very near Norway."

Knox was here to address the Des Moines Economic club. He did not enlarge upon his statement but reiterated that a German victory in the current war "would mean our involvement right off."
- St. Petersburg Times, April 18, 1940

Fast Trip by Queen

NEW YORK, April 22 (AP).--The Queen Mary Friday completed her fastest post-war west-bound voyage with a time of four days, 14 hours and 57 minutes, beating the record of last June by 51 minutes. April 19 she steamed 743 miles averaging 29.43 knots. Her average speed was 28.44 knots. Her pre-war record of three days, 21 hours and 48 minutes at a speed of 30.90 is the world's fastest.
- Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, April 22, 1950

Film star Corinne Calvet has sailed for Europe from America with her four-year-old son, her pet poodle, and 12 pieces of baggage, forsaking Hollywood "for ever" after 12 years, 17 films--and two husbands.

"I'm going to write and [sic] expose called 'My 12 years in Hollywood,'" she said as she left New York on board the Queen Mary.
- Evening Times, April 21, 1960


03 April 2011

A Near-Riotous Scene

This week in the history of the R. M. S. Queen Mary:

British Pathe Film from March 30, 1936:



Giant British Vessel Enveloped By Veil Of Secrecy

NEW YORK, March 28. (AP)--The great British liner Queen Mary was 8 days at sea today with her whereabouts as much a mystery as the daring New York-to-Murmansk dash of the German greyhound Bremen.

The $25,000,000, 81,235-ton Queen Mary left New York last Thursday morning garbed in camouflage gray, ostensibly bound for troopship service between Australia and the Near East.

She was seen briefly near Long Branch, N. J., heading southward at high speed. Since then silence has enveloped the ship the Nazis have said they would sink without warning.

The smaller Mauretania slipped out of New York 12 hours before the Queen Mary and went through the Panama Canal, leaving Balboa Wednesday for a Pacific port. The Queen is too great of girth for canal transit.
- The Palm Beach Post, March 28, 1940

'Reliefer' Taken Off Ocean Liner

NEW YORK, March 29--(AP)--A man on relief was blocked from taking a tour of Scotland today when an officer removed him from the liner Queen Mary in a near-riotous scene.

David Smith, 43 of Queens, was accused of defrauding the city by drawing relief checks for 16 years up to $266 a month for himself, his wife and three children while having other financial sources.

Warrant officer John A. Kennedy of the Long Island city magistrate's court was surrounded on Pier 90 by the wife, children and a number of Smith's friends, shouting and pushing, as he took Smith from the vessel shortly before it sailed.

Pier and city police restored order. Smith was held in $500 bail for a hearing Tuesday.

- St. Joseph News-Press, March 30, 1952

English branch of Astor family to visit Oregon

John Jacob Astor before boarding the boat train en route to the Titanic

NEW YORK (AP)--Several descendants of John Jacob Astor, the fur trader who founded one of America's greatest fortunes, arrived Tuesday from England to join the 150th anniversary celebration of their ancestor's founding of Astoria, Ore.

Disembarking from the liner Queen Mary were Lady Astor of Hever, her son, Gavin Astor, chairman of the Times Publishing Co., Ltd., of London, his wife, Lady Irene Astor, and their five children. Lady Astor of Hever said her husband, Lord Astor, would join her in Astoria April 10.

- Ellensburg Daily Record, April 4, 1961