15 January 2013

A First Class Mistake


QUEEN MARY RATED AS "CABIN SHIP"
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LONDON, January 14.--A fantastic situation exists in North Atlantic shipping. The Queen Mary, which will make her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in May, is classed in the Atlantic Conference for rating purposes, not as a first-class vessel, but as a cabin ship. This means that the liner, which, judged by standards of size, types of accommodation and speed, may be regarded as the first ship in the British mercantile marine, [which] is ranked technically as something less than the best. The Aquitania remains a first-class vessel. The Cunard-White Star Line has given notice of its resignation from the conference. It is expected that the outcome will be the reclassification of the ships of the Atlantic.

- The Barrier Miner, Broken Hills, New South Wales, January 15, 1936

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