12 November 2012


Reported today in 1954:

Queen Mary Sails With New Skipper

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP)--The liner Queen Mary sailed for New York Thursday with the storm over who should command her apparently all blown out.

A thousand of her 1,260 crew members threatened to strike earlier this week because their regular captain, Donald Sorrell, had been replaced for the voyage to New York and the ship's return with Queen Mother Elizabeth aboard.

The Cunard Steamship Co. ordered its senior fleet officer, Commodore Ivan Thompson, in command for the round trip. Asserting that no slur on Capt. Sorrell was intended, a company spokesman said it was customary for the line's top skipper to be on the bridge when such a personage as the Queen Mother is a passenger.

Thompson normally commands the Queen Mother's namesake, the liner Queen Elizabeth, which took her to America.

- Gettysburg Times


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