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


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