15 May 2012

Goodwill Cargo

On this day in 1936:


Queen Mary's First Voyage.

(British Official Wireless.)

LONDON, May 15.--When the Cunard-White Star liner Queen Mary sails on her maiden voyage to New York on May 27, she will carry what is described as a "goodwill cargo" consisting of illuminated addresses from the Mayors of the Cinque Ports--now seven, Hastings, Dover, Sandwich, New Romney, Hythe, Rye and Winchelsea--to their namesake towns, numbering 52 in the United States of America.

The addresses are accompanied by invitations to mayors and citizens of those towns to visit England during the coronation year.

Distinguished guests, including members of the Cabinet, who were passengers on the cruise down Channel made by the Queen Mary on Thursday and Friday, have declared themselves as impressed with her smoothness and comfort. During the cruise the owners and captains of the Queen Mary and the new Union Castle motor liner Athlone Castle, which passed on her way from Messrs. Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard to her home port to join the South African service, exchanged congratulations and good wishes "as partners in the great enterprise of maintaining the prestige of British mercantile shipping."
- The West Australian, Perth, WA

Photo credit: Queen Mary, Firth of Clyde, Gourock. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south from collection Aerofilms © 

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