Reported this day in 1936:
HAVOC ON THE QUEEN MARY
DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT DURING INSPECTION BY 35,000 AMERICANS
WHOLESALE THEFTS OF CUTLERY, CLOCKS, SILVERWARE AND CHINA
The Queen Mary sailed from New York for Southampton to-day, on the homeward trip of her maiden voyage, but she is not the trim and spruce vessel that entered American waters last Monday.
Some 35,000 American visitors inspected the ship while she was in dock, and the created havoc -- havoc which moved the chief steward (Mr. A.F. Jones) to tears when he spoke about it as being "positively dreadful."
According to a report in a New York newspaper, the visitors swarmed over the vessel, filching a varied assortment of items--spoons, forks, potted plants, clocks, silver calendars, ashtrays, and pieces of china.
The Queen Mary left Southampton with 150,000 pieces of tableware. How many have disappeared will only be known after a check-up on her return.
Will She Beat Homeward Trip Record?
It is almost exactly a year ago since her French rival, the Normandie, gained the record on the homeward trip of her maiden voyage by covering the distance between the Ambrose Lightship at the entrance to New York harbour and Bishop Rock (Scilly Islands) in 4 days 3 hours and 25 minutes.
This was just 20 minutes longer than the time she took on her record outward voyage. Her average speed for the return trip was 30.31 knots, which was slightly higher than that taken on the outward voyage--30.1 knots.
The apparent anomaly was due to the fact that winds and currents necessitated a detour to the south on the homeward trip. She thus covered 3,015 miles, compared with 2,980 miles outwards.
The Queen Mary, on her outward voyage, failed to beat the Normandie's record by 2 hours 32 minutes, but for 11 hours she had been delayed by fog.
On arrival in New York, Sir Edgar Britten, commander of the Queen Mary, in a broadcast reference to the Atlantic Blue Riband, said: "We will see what we can do on some subsequent voyage."
The Normandie, on her latest voyage from America to Havre, averaged a speed of 28.31 knots. At certain points she exceeded 30 knots, though she never did as much as 32.
For her homeward trip, the Queen Mary has a distinguished passenger list, which includes Lord Essendon, Lord Inverclyde, Lord Wolmer, M.P., Lady Katherine Chilton, wife of the British Ambassador to Spain, Sir Percy Bates, chairman of the Cunard-White Star Line, Sir Alfred Booth, director and late chairman of the Cunard Line, Sir Thomas Brocklebank, director of the Cunard-White Star Line, Sir Ian Fraser, M.P., Sir Keith Fraser, and Professor Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University.
Mr. Carl Brisson and Mr. Jack Buchanan the actors, are also travelling in the vessel.
- Nottingham Evening Post