30 May 2013

Help Found

On Liner Queen Mary.

LONDON, May 29. A stowaway discovered in the port engine room of the Queen Mary, a Cardiff unemployed man, Frank Gardner, aged 41, was given work as a kitchen hand on the Queen Mary.

- Townsville Daily Bulletin, Queensland, May 29, 1936

25 May 2013

Royal Visitors


Visit to Liner Queen Mary.


LONDON, May 25.

The King left Fort Belvedere by air for Southampton for the Royal Family's inspection of the liner the Queen Mary. Queen Mary, the Duke and Duchess of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Princess Elizabeth travelled by train.

Conducted by Captain Sir Edgar Britten, the commander of the liner, the King, Queen Mary, and the Royal party extensively toured the liner. The Queen devoted special attention to the kitchens, while Princess Elizabeth enjoyed the delights of the children's playroom, where she delightedly slid the chute. Later the King and his brothers inspected the engines, all of which were in motion. The visitors expressed their amazement at the lack of vibration.

- The Sydney Morning Herald

23 May 2013

Passenger from Down Under


Australian Passenger

SYDNEY. Saturday.--Only one Australian--a Melbourne man--will be a passenger on the Queen Mary when she sets out from Southampton on Wednesday on her maiden voyage.

For later trips the chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Board (Sir Claude Reading) and Mr. Stuart F. Doyle have booked passages.

The Melbourne man applied direct to London more than a year ago. Bookings for the maiden voyage were complete two years ago, and the berths booked since then have followed cancellations.

No Australians have been allotted cabins on the return maiden voyage on June 5, but there will be a few in the tourist class.

- The Mail, Adelaide, SA

21 May 2013

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18 May 2013

Queen Mary Tramps Over Warship

HMS Curacoa


Ten Men Survive From Warship

LONDON, Friday: One of the worst naval disasters of the war occurred in October, 1942, when the 81,000-ton liner Queen Mary collided with the 8700-ton cruiser Curacoa. The Queen Mary cut the cruiser in two with only 10 survivors, 335 officers and ratings being lost.

The disaster happened at night time. The Queen Mary suffered only slight damage and no casualties.

Solicitors acting for the Admiralty have applied to the High Court to hear claims on behalf of the dependents against the Cunard Line, amounting to £75,000. The hearing has been set down for next month. It is likely to continue for several months with witnesses coming from all parts of the world.

The Daily Telegraph says that the Queen Mary, escorted by two cruisers, was travelling all out for the Clyde with 15,000 American troops aboard when the look-out man raised a U-boat alarm. The Queen Mary immediately wheeled to the starboard and the Curacoa simultaneously raced towards the U-boat. The liner travelling at 30 knots crashed full into the cruiser.

Nothing could withstand such a shock. Eye-witnesses said the Queen Mary simply "tramped over the warship."

The liner couldn't stop to pick up survivors but raced on at full speed. There were dents in her bows when she arrived in the Clyde, and it was obvious there had been a serious mishap, but the full story was not known until survivors of the Curacoa were picked up. The regular sailings of the Queen Mary were not interfered with and a new bow was fitted on her return to New York.

- Goulburn Evening Post, New South Wales, May 18, 1945

05 May 2013


Empire Timbers Used in Queen Mary

Interior decorations in the Queen Mary are strikingly modern and Australian timbers are conspicuous in many of the liner's principal rooms, according to Mr. J. S. Hall, a young Adelaide architect, who returned this week after 18 months abroad. Mr. Hall was one of the special staff commissioned by Mewes and Davis, a firm of London architects, to design the interiors for the giant Cunarder.

Extreme simplicity was the keynote of our work, he said yesterday. Period and classical arrangements were completely discarded. A new trend which was carried out in the Orient liner Orion, Timber had replaced fibrous plaster in the ceilings and painted and lacquered ply-woods predominated. For decorative effects reliance was placed on the grain of the timbers and the shadows cast by the diffused lighting systems. Empire timbers were exclusively used. The use of timber would certainly prove less costly than the glass panels featured in the French liner Normandie, which had frequently splintered and cracked as a result of the vessel's vibration.

- The Advertiser, Adelaide, SA, May 5, 1936