07 July 2011

Notables Aboard

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

Queen Mary at N.Y.

The Queen Mary docked at New York yesterday morning at 8 o'clock with a large number of notables aboard, among them being Count Ladislas Szechneyi, former Hungarian minister to London; Countess Szechenyi, Lord St. Vigeans, Sir Malcolm and Lady Perks, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, motion picture star; Lady Hardwicke, Eugene Gossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Mrs. Gossens; J. Milne Barbour, M.P., Minister of Commerce for Northern Ireland; Mrs. Van Storkenborgh, wife of the Dutch minister to Brussels; E. W. Cheadle, with a "See America" group; Little Miss D. Broughton, child film star on her way to Hollywood; Miles Mander, actor; W. Goodfellow, butter king of New Zealand; Mrs. Goodfellow, David Rubinoff, violinist and radio entertainer; Gene Sarazen, golfer; Dr. John R. Gregg, originator of the Gregg System of shorthand.

Walter Wanger, who will build a film-producing city in Rome, Italy, also arrived in the Queen Mary. Premier Mussolini approves the idea. Sylvia Sidney will be the star in the first film to be made.
- The Montreal Gazette, July 7, 1936

LINER INCIDENT RECALLED--The retirement of the Rev. S. Stephen Walker, for the past 37 years minister of Cranstoun parish, Midlothian, recalls his proposals for the completion of the liner Queen Mary during the depression. In a letter which received wide publicity he suggested that 50,000 Scots should be lend [sic] £1 each to allow building to be resumed. Letters and cheques flowed into his manse and he had to travel to Glasgow to interview the shipbuilders. He arrived when representatives of the then Cunard Shipping Company were discussing with the builders an offer of a Government loan.
- The Glasgow Herald, July 8, 1949


Government consideration of the Cunard Company's plea for financial aid in the building of the two new "super" Queens is taking much longer than expected, writes Joseph Haines.

When ministers first heard from Cunard's they overwhelmingly favoured, for prestige reasons, the replacement of the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary.

But now, I understand, their enthusiasm has somewhat cooled.

Assistance of some sort is still likely but I gather that it will be in the form of a fixed-interest loan rather than a subsidy on construction or operation.

A preliminary announcement of the Government's views should come before the end of this month.
- The Bulletin, July 8, 1959

No Aid for Cunard Meanwhile

New Legislation Required

From Our Political Correspondent

WESTMINSTER, Thursday, The Governement have no intention at the moment of bringing in further legislation to assist Cunard Company to build a replacement for the Queen Mary.

Two years ago they introduced the North Atlantic Shipping Bill, which, after a stormy passage through Parliament, did eventually reach the Statute Book.

It empowered the Minister of Transport to help finance the construction of a ship for the North Atlantic trade by making advances to Cunard-White Star, Ltd., not exceeding £18m.

But after the bill was passed the company decided that they did not at that time wish to proceed with the building of a further "Queen."

Unhappy History

Yesterday the Minister of Transport, Mr. Ernest Marples, said in a written parliamentary reply that the company were considering new proposals for a replacement for the Queen Mary. Their request was being considered, but no decision had yet been taken by Government.

It seemed evident to-day that, in view of the unhappy history of the North Atlantic Shipping Act, the Government will not go out of their way to give priority to the Cunard company's new request.

The Act became null and void when the company decided to turn down the facilities it offered. They cannot now expect Government assistance under its provisions.

New legislation would be required for a large loan or grant--and this certainly will not come within the lifetime of the present Parliament.
- The Glasgow Herald, July 5, 1963