30 July 2016


From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on this day in 1947:

Queen Mary Adds Luxuries
Cunard Line Service Improving Rapidly

The Cunard White Star Line has announced the addition of many new luxury features in the conversion of the 81,235-ton Queen Mary, the world's fastest liner.

Not only has the Queen Mary been restored to her former beauty, H.P. Borer, general manager of the line said, but many new features have been introduced. These include addition of new public rooms, air-conditioning and more public rooms and increased space for crew.

Former passengers on the 1,018-foot Cunarder will find most noticeable changes on the promenade deck where the starboard gallery has been replaced by a motion picture theater seating 200 persons.

The return of the Queen Mary will mark the first time that the two Queens and the Mauretania have been in luxury service together. Cunard officials termed it a most fitting manner of celebrating the one hundred and seventh anniversary of regular steamship service which it inaugurated July 4, 1840, with the sailing of the RMS Britannia, a 207-foot, 1,154-ton paddle steamer. The Britannia, carrying 64 passengers, made the journey from Liverpool to Halifax in two weeks. This is in marked contrast to the Queen Mary, which has crossed the Atlantic in less than four days.

New ships under construction and expected in service by late summer and fall respectively are the Media and Parthia, postwar passenger cargo liners of 14,000 tons.

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