28 December 2012

Practically Fireproof


Gas is to be used for fire-fighting in the Cunard White Star liner Queen Mary, now fitting out at Clydebank. Equipment will be installed which will admit freezing blasts, rendering the atmosphere so cold that the fiercest flames will be quelled instantly. Weighing 200cwt. each, 300 gas-filled cylinders will be shipped, and the apparatus will be used in conjunction with the ordinary fire-fighting equipment. There will be two main fire stations. By flicking a lever when an automatic alarm sounds, the fire-freezing gas will sweep into the affected spaces, forming clouds which will isolate and prevent fire from spreading. The gas, which will make the giant liner practically fireproof, is harmless says the "Sunday Times", and will be conveyed through a pipe system leading into the remotest corners of the ship.

- The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria, December 28, 1935


25 December 2012

I'll Be Home for Christmas


LONDON, Tuesday,--Britain's largest liners, the Queen Elizabeth, taking 12,000 Canadian troops home, and the Queen Mary, exchanged Christmas greetings by lamps as they passed each other off Bishop's Rock, Land's End. Passengers crammed the rails, cheering. Floodlights illuminated the funnels as the sister ships turned on all available lighting. 

The Queen Mary shortly afterwards docked in Southampton with 1500 passengers, including 200 former prisoners of war from the Pacific, who arrived home just in time for Christmas. 

- Advocate, Burnie, Tas., December 26, 1945


24 December 2012

Laid Up for Winter


Extensive Internal Alterations.

LONDON, Dec. 22.--The giant liner Queen Mary, arriving 13 hours late at Southampton owing to heavy weather, has completed her first season, in which she carried 41,000 passengers and made 14 round voyages. She will now be dry-docked for an examination of the underwater portion of her hull, after which she will be laid up for the winter.

Extensive internal alterations will then be made to the ship, notably additional stanchions where vibration was noticeable, improvements to the crew's quarters and the provision of new accommodation for the engineers.

- The West Australian, Perth, WA, December 24, 1936


20 December 2012


Fares paid in each voyage in the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth by passengers total more than £25,000. At 40 voyages per year an income of £10,000,000 per annum is assured for each from passengers alone. Crew's wages for the year amount to £4,160,000.
- The Worker, Brisbane, Qld., December 20, 1948

19 December 2012

Just Wait

Challenge to Liners

In a radio talk from Berlin a German speaker invited the owners of the liners Queen Mary and the Normandie to send them to sea to prove whether the German Navy is powerless and whether Britain has full command of the seas.

This picturesque challenge is unlikely to be accepted. Convoys continue to cross the Atlantic in safety, but the two liners are hardly suitable for such work. Built as luxury liners to carry the maximum number of passengers, their cargo space is small. There are no large expeditionary forces of Canadian or American troops to be ferried over as in the last war, and there seems to be no point in risking these valuable ships to a U-boat attack.

They are safer in New York berths than they would be if laid up at Liverpool or Cherbourg.

- The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Qld., December 19, 1939