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Cunard Line

RMS Queen Mary

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Operator: Cunard Line, Ltd.
Year Built / Last Refurbished: 1936
Length / Tonnage: 1,019 / 80,773
Number of Cabins / Passengers: 713 / 2,139
Officers / Crew: British / International
Operating Area: Year-round Transatlantic for most of her career
Overview: work on Queen Mary originally began in 1930 but was suspended in 1931 for financial reasons. She was finally launched on 30 September 1934 and her maiden voyage began on 27 May 1936 at Southampton. She arrived in New York on 1 June and received a tremendous welcome. Later that year in August, she captured the "Blue Riband" designation as the fasted ship afloat. She exchanged this title with the Normandie over the next two years before finally capturing it for good in 1938 with an August eastbound crossing at 31.69 knots.

In 1939 she was idled for a number of months due to the threat of war and finally in March of 1940 she was called up for active duty by the Ministry of Shipping. She left New York and sailed for Sydney, Australia where she underwent partial conversion to a troopship. Using her speed as a defense against the enemy, she survived the war and during the process she carried over 810,000 passengers and steamed 661,771 miles. She was credited by Winston Churchill as having shortened the war by a year.

She was released from war duty in 1946 and and underwent a 10 month refit. In July 1947 she resumed her transatlantic service along with her running mate RMS Queen Elizabeth. She was fitted with stabilizers in 1957 and over the next 20 years she ferried thousands of passengers across the Atlantic in comfort and safety. When operating costs finally became too great, she was put up for sale and eventually ended her career with a final 40-day cruise from Southampton around South America to Long Beach, California where she is currently operating as the RMS Queen Mary Hotel and Convention center. Address: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach 90802. Ph: 310.435.3511

To learn more about the Queen Mary, check out one of these books from Amazon.com:

RMS Queen Mary : 50 Years of Splendour

RMS Queen Mary; Queen of the Queens

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