10 June 2011

She Sails On Gloriously

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

Crew Quarters on Queen Mary Inspire a Probe

Crew members attend to a passenger's stateroom.

New York, N. Y. A federal inquiry into living conditions of seamen on American merchant ships was proposed by Frances Perkins, secretary of labor, after she had inspected crew quarters of the Queen Mary and pronounced them the best she had ever seen.

For 45 minutes Miss Perkins visited mess halls, kitchens, lavatories and sleeping cabins, pushed her way through passages lined with drying clothes and chatted with shirtless grime caked men from the "black gang."

When she stepped down the gangplank, she said she would ask the department of commerce to co-operate with her own on a survey on ships flying the American flag. Many requests had been made by seamen for such an investigation, she said.
- The Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1936

Build Famous Ship For Special Scene

HOLLYWOOD--The Queen Mary, built in a week, had made a landing on Paramount's Stage 8, for scenes in "Suddenly It's Spring."

A huge section of the ship's side was reproduced in actual size and placed on rollers, so that it eased up to a New York dock for the disembarkation of troops and a group of G. I. war brides escorted by Paulette Goddard, playing a WAC captain.

Mitchel Leisen is director of the Claude Binyon production.
- The Pittsburgh Press, June 9, 1946

NEW YORK, June 4 -- George Gobel and his wife, "spooky old Alice" -- really an attractive Chicago girl, with dimples -- sailed on the Queen Mary for London, where Gobel does two London TV shows, then vacations.
- Excerpt from an article in The Miami News, June 4, 1959

Sails On

Charleton Heston and family aboard the Queen Mary in 1961.

It hardly seems that the Queen Mary has been sailing for 25 years. But the world's second-biggest liner (her sister ship the Queen Elizabeth outweighs her) has passed that milestone.

This liner has carried 1,700,000 passengers more than 2,900,000 miles. She served in war, too, carrying North American servicemen to Europe during World War II. She also ferried the war brides of Canadian servicemen.

The Queen Mary is luxury at sea. She is a floating hotel, the type of ship that makes passengers wonder why others prefer planes over ship travel.

However her days are numbered. She will be replaced by 1965. In the meantime she sails on gloriously.
- The Windsor Star, June 5, 1961