Work begins on the new Southampton dry dock, to be known as the King George V Graving Dock. On her sixth round-trip voyage, the Queen Mary wins the Blue Riband for the fastest North Atlantic crossings from the French Line's Normandie. In the early days, the ship would be in port for 36 hours. The SS United States secures Blue Riband traveling from Bishop Rock to Ambrose Light in 3 days, 12 hours and 12 minutes. This is a high quality reprint, unframed, approximately 8x10 on 8 1/2x11 archival fine art paper, suitable for … It is 1,200 feet long, 135 feet wide at its entrance, 59 feet deep, holds 58 million gallons of water, and can hold any ship up to 100,000 tons. Ridings of Long Beach. Queen Mary, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg and New York. Captain John Treasure Jones, the 33rd and last captain of the Queen Mary dies at the age of 87 at his home in Chandler's Ford, England, just north of the port town of Southampton. Cunard Line announces that John Brown & Company, LTD., of Clydebank, Scotland, had been selected as builder of the new liner. Voyage #425. Anchor trials and adjustment of the magnetic compasses are made off Gourock. Stabilizers installed aboard the ship at King George Dry Dock in South Hampton. Howards Hughes’ Spruce Goose flying boat opens to the public next to the Queen Mary. With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary is retrofitted to serve as a troop ship during WWII. Her carrying capacity was over 15,000 troops and over 900 crew. Self-guided and guided "Captain's Tour" resume. Enjoy the 1930s classic sophistication of the Queen Mary bars. Installation of boilers begins around this date. Sailed alone. In King George V Graving Dock. 1965 - by ship: 650,000; by air: 4,000,000. Prince Michael of Kent representing the British Royal Family, grandson of Her Majesty Queen Mary; Scotland's Clydebank District Provost Jack McAllister and other special guests. (Photo credit: New-York Historical Society). Armament removed from ship, except the six-inch gun. In early 1940, with Australia less than a year into World War 2, a 17-year-old George Shirley used his father’s 16mm movie camera to film two grand visitors to Sydney Harbour. Officially retiring from ocean travel, the Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach, California where it is a living landmark, popular attraction and hotel, exposing a whole new generation of fans to bygone era. Carried the greatest number of people on a floating vessel: 15,740 troops, 943 crew. So this web page is an informal collecting ground for information about troop ship crossings. Download this stock image: WW2 - Cunard Liner Queen Mary on War Service (as a Troop Transport Ship), New York, USA circa 1945 - ER5G67 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. 2nd October 1942: Troopship liner Queen Mary sinks HMS Curacoa. He returned to England overland via France in December 1945 and was demobbed in January 1946. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were used as troop transports during the Second World War. RMS Queen Mary Passenger Lists 1936-1960. Aero Club of Southern California announces sale of Spruce Goose to Evergreen International Aviation Inc. in McMinnville, Oregon. The 81,000-tonne Queen Mary, launched in 1936, dwarfed the ageing 4290 tonne Curacao, afloat since July 1916, as the tragedy unfolded about 20 nautical miles off the Irish coast. On 21 March 1940 the Queen Mary left New York Harbour bound for Sydney, where the plan was to convert her into a troopship. At Cunard Line’s annual meeting, Chairman Sir Thomas Royden makes the first official announcement that “the question of new tonnage is one constantly in our minds.” The Cunard Line begins plans to design a new pair of super ocean liners to replace the Mauritania, Aquitania and Berengaria on their North Atlantic route. First cruise: Southampton to Las Palmas. Arrival at Pier 90 in New York at 4:20 p.m. The Queen Mary departs John Brown Shipyard, steaming down the Clyde River to Gourock, Scotland. Hull damaged while entering dry dock in Boston Naval Shipyard. Voyage #516. 45-12-31. Hotel Queen Mary closes. Voyage #486 East. Diana: A Legacy of a Princess Royal Exhibit premiers at the Queen Mary. When I found my Uncle Henry’s name on the ship manifest for the Queen Mary on Feb. 22, 1945, I figured it wasn’t him. This is a great record kept by Sgt Gerald Edward Hanson, RAF, Journey on the Queen Mary from Greenock to Egypt, 21.12.1942 to 25.1.1943. 5,000 German prisoners of war were also on board. First Armored Infantry Division (15,125 troops, 863 crew). View Hours, Choose from 347 original first class staterooms and suites, Experience everything the ship has to offer by staying aboard and booking a package, Refresh and rejuvenate with our spa and fitness options, Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with our exciting tours & exhibits, When the sun goes down, the spirits aboard the Queen Mary come out to play, Experience everything the Queen Mary has to offer with a tour package, The Queen Mary offers comprehensive tour packages for 15 people or more, From fine dining to casual restaurants and snacks, the Queen Mary has something for all appetites. First time a complete division was carried on any ship. Queen Mary’s first post-war voyage departed on 31 July 1947, sailing from Southampton to New York. Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Launch and Naming of the great liner. The Queen Mary held the Blue Riband since August 8, 1938. The troops would get off the ship, go to a Western Union office, send their family a telegram telling them when and how they would be getting home, and then they would get the train to there. Winston Churchill sails to meet President elect Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is fitting that our beloved Queen Mary took her final voyage on Halloween of 1967 docking permanently in Long Beach, California. An array of unique shops featuring souvenirs, one-of-a-kind treasures, clothing, memorabilia, historic documents, artwork and more, The Queen Mary is a great central hub to all of Southern California’s most popular attractions, Queen Mary Update on COVID-19. England and France declared war on Germany. Voyage #515. First voyage as a troop transport. Preview opening of Mary’s Gate Village (Now the Queen’s Marketplace). Winston Churchill transported from Gourock to New York, to meet with President Roosevelt. WW2 - Cunard Liner Queen Mary on War Service (as a Troop Transport Ship), New York, USA circa 1945 The battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary, sunk in the Battle of Jutland during World War I. The discovery of Tutankhamun in color pictures, 1922, The dangerous lives of Pennsylvania coal miners captured in rare photographs, 1942, Intimate photos of the Romanovs, shortly before their execution, 1915-1916, Adolf Hitler's eye color in a rare color photo, The attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, 1941, The Miracle of Dunkirk in rare pictures, 1940, Apollo program astronauts training in Arizona for the Moon missions, 1960s. Hotel Queen Mary reopens with 125 rooms operational. King Edward VIII makes inspection tour of the ship. The task of building the RMS Queen Mary represented a brave and elusive responsibility, especially in the early 1930s, as she was to be the biggest, quickest and most luxurious liner ever constructed.The early beginnings of the three funneled steel grand vessel started with the strong vision and belief in the future of steamships. Her first maiden voyage happened on May 27, 1936 when she reached the speed of 33 kn (61 km/h; 38 mph). The Queen Mary reopens to the public. Remainder of 1992, The Port of Long Beach becomes operator of property, and looks for new operator. Dubbed, the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory. Queen Mary Tour Inc. takes over operation of Museum of the Sea. The Normandie wins the honor back in 1937. Crowded ship bringing American troops back home. I am writing a novel and needed this vital information. King Edward VIII, Her Majesty Queen Mary, the young Princess Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of York (soon to be King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester visit the ship. The dock is the largest in the world at the time. Furnishings reinstalled after being recovered from different ports around the world. total: 15,883. This is troopship Queen Elisabeth. The two ships saluted each other with their one-ton signaling horns. It was displayed at the head of the main staircase on Promenade Deck and is now located on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. Twenty of the Queen Mary’s lifeboats were left off the ship to save weight. As England and France declare war on Germany, the Queen Mary’s days as a passenger ocean liner appear over. Actually not anyone entered in contact with their family. Crowded ship bringing American troops back to New York harbor after V-Day, 1945. The RMS Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Sun 20/12/42 11.15pm Blackpool. Total mileage: 37,943 miles. The political consequences were immense. "40 Days and 40 Nights" voyage from Boston to Sydney, Australia. Unnamed number of troops (Marines) boarded at Nawiliwili on 22nd and 23rd of Arpil, 1945. Accommodations increased from  2,140 to 5,500. Location of story: Greenock to Egypt 1942/43. Ship also became fully dependent on shore-side utilities. The ship was also used to return American troops from Europe after the war. Remainder of Hotel Queen Mary's 365 rooms reopen. The RMS Queen Mary: A Thought on Paper to a Reality on Sea. A local favorite, voted “Best Brunch” by OpenTable, The Queen Mary offers several dining options for large groups or those seeking a unique dining experience, Explore one of the most unique meeting and conference venues in Southern California, The Queen Mary has been host to unforgettable weddings for over 70 years, The Queen Mary is the ideal location for any social occasion, Over 80,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space across 14 Art Deco salons, Re-live the Queen Mary’s rich history, from her ground-breaking construction to today, Everything you ever wanted to know about the Queen Mary, Learn about the era of elegant Art Deco design and how the Queen Mary is maintained with preservation projects, Discover the on-board radio stations starting in the 1960s, Don’t miss out on all the exciting festivals, shows, exhibits, concerts, and more, The Queen Mary’s biggest and most well-known events, Start planning your event by filling out our RFP form. In this role, she carried 776 first class, 774 cabin class and 579 tourist class passengers. How did anyone find their family members when everyone got off the boat? First Meeting between Lord Mancroft and Long Beach, California representatives in New York. 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802 Won the Blue Riband back from the Normandie on her 48th round-trip voyage. They overwhelmingly applauded the later option. RMS Foundation, Inc., schedules Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage from Southampton to New York. Sailed in convoy with Aquitania, Mauretania (II), Empress of Britain, Empress of Canada, and Empress of Japan, from Sydney, Australia, to Gourock, Scotland, with 5,500 troops. Since they were manufactured in Gourock, the lifeboats were lifted into their davits upon ship's arrival. The limited number of other troop ships were smaller, and usually had to travel in slower escorted convoys because of the submarine threat. Docked in New York without the aid of tugs. Removed from British registry and officially turned over to the City of Long Beach. The Queen Mary’s amateur radio station (W6RO) is renamed the Nate Brightman Radio Room in honor of Mr. Brightman’s more than 40 years old dedication to the station. First post-war voyage departs South Hampton New York with 1,897 passengers, 1,280 crew members under the command of Commodore Illingworth. From The Year 1916 Illustrated. Jacques Cousteau's "Living Sea" portion of Museum of the Sea (M.O.T.S.) Voyage #514. With Germany launching Bremen and Europa into service, Britain did not want to be left behind in the shipbuilding race. Voyage #382 East. Preliminary speed trials are made on the way to Southampton. The Queen Mary celebrates 30 years in Long Beach. The Queen Mary makes its final military voyage from Halifax to South Hampton. During her war service as a troopship Queen Elizabeth carried more than 750,000 troops, and she also sailed some 500,000 miles (800,000 km). Unprecedented luxury and forward-thinking technology make the Queen Mary popular with British Royalty, Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries alike, raising the bar for luxury travel and ultimately becoming the grandest ocean liner ever built. A troopship (also troop ship or troop transport or trooper) is a ship used to carry soldiers, either in peacetime or wartime.Operationally, standard troopships–often drafted from commercial shipping fleets–cannot land troops directly on shore, typically loading and unloading at a seaport or onto smaller vessels, either tenders or barges.. According to Eisenhower’s memoir some troops were complaining to the press about the slow rate at which they were being returned to the States. The King George V Graving Dock is officially opened with King George V and Queen Mary steaming into the dry dock aboard the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert. Two ship service begins for Cunard with the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. King George V chose the name Queen Mary for the ship in honor of his wife. Queen Mary as troop ship WW2 WWII podcast. Voyage #397 West. I said to my mate “You know she’s zig-zigging all over the place in front of us, I’m sure we’re going to hit her.” And sure enough, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser in two like a piece of butter, straight through the six inch armoured plating. Official speed trials are held in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Arran. He first joined the Ship Movements Division (Op-38) on 10 January 1941 and became Head of Convoy and Routing Division (Op-37) on 26 January 1942. Dubbed, the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory. 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