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Cause of Queen Mary Grounding
LONDON, Jan. 5. (A.A.P.) Divers, to ease the water pressure, put tallow round the rivets loosened in the Queen Mary. Cunard White Star Company officials said they were convinced that the grounding of the Queen Mary at Cherbourg was due to the liner catching an underwater cable in her anchor as she prepared to leave. While efforts were being made to clear the cable a gust of wind drove the liner aground.
A French naval spokesman denied that the anti-submarine cable could have caused the vessel's grounding. He said there was no anti-submarine cable in the port, which was perfectly clean.
- The Age, Melbourne, Australia, January 6, 1949