30 May 2011

Tried & True

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

Back From Coronation

A large number of Americans who attended the Coronation in London returned yesterday morning in the Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary. Among those arriving were: Lowell Thomas, news commentator; Truman Talley, vice-president of Fox Movietone News; Mrs. Talley; Sir Josiah Stamp, economist; Lady Stamp; The Marquis of Sligo; Sir William Wiseman, of Kuhn Loeb & Company.
- The Montreal Gazette, May 25, 1937

Stowaway Total Jumps To Seven

HALIFAX, May 28--(CP)--With the stowaway total jumped to an unofficial seven, all were believed accounted for and still aboard the Queen Mary today when the giant liner sailed for New York to complete her Atlantic crossing.

Special guards, posted right up to sailing time, were said to have uncovered two more unofficial travelers--both men--during the 24-hour stop here. Four men and a woman "about 30" were reported to have been flushed out from hiding places en route.

All will be taken back to Britain after the Queen Mary discharges some 500 remaining civilian passengers in New York and picks up a return load, ships officers said.
- Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 1946

Poet T. S. Eliot Recovering After Shipboard Attack

Eliot departing the Queen Mary.

LONDON (AP)--Nobel Prize winner T. S. Eliot was reported recovering today from a heart attack which felled him aboard the liner Queen Mary en route from New York.

The American-born poet and playwright was taken in a wheel chair from the ship on arrival at Southampton early today and rushed by ambulance to the French Hospital in London.

A hospital spokesman said Eliot was suffering from a "cardiac condition which has not proved too serious." He said the 67-year-old writer "won't have to stay here too long--just a few days rest is all he needs now."

Fellow passengers aboard the Queen Mary said Eliot suffered a heart attack three days ago and spent the rest of the voyage in the ship's hospital. The ship's doctor declined comment.
- The Portsmouth Times, May 24, 1956

Liner Queen Mary Celebrates 25th Anniversary In Atlantic Today

SOUTHAMPTON, England--(Reuters)--The liner Queen Mary, the tried, true and steady-ruddered friend of trans-Atlantic tourism and romance, marks its 25th birthday today.

After the Second World War, this giant of Britain's Cunard Line was dubbed the "bride ship" and with good reason.

The Mary, the world's second biggest liner at 81,237 tons, carried 30 per cent of all war brides of American servicemen who travelled to their new homes under a U.S. government program.

Then, in May of 1946, the Mary switched to ferrying the war brides of Canadian servicemen.

The Mary also transported North American servicemen during the war.

And since its May, 1936, maiden voyage--the occasion of this anniversary--the ship has carried 1,700,000 passengers, many of them North Americans, over 2,900,000 miles.

Outweighed only by its 83,670-ton sister ship Queen Elizabeth, launched in 1938, it is named for the late Queen Mary, consort of the late King George V.

Queen Mary, grandmother of the present Queen, performed the launching ceremony in 1934, becoming the first reigning English Queen to launch a merchant ship.

The Queen Mary, steaming from its home port here in Southampton on England's south coast, is in mid-Atlantic bound for New York today for its anniversary.

Cunard officials said the passengers will celebrate at a gala dinner.

The Mary also has had its share of tragedy.

During th war--Oct. 2, 1942--off the Irish coast, it plowed into an escorting British cruiser which lost 338 men as a result.

Today, still a crack liner with 732 Atlantic crossings to its credit, the Mary is sailing along toward the end of its life.

There are plans to replace her by 1965 with another giant Cunarder, though possibly not as big as the Queen Mary or the Queen Elizabeth.
- The Montreal Gazette, May 27, 1961


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