Friday, May 27, 2016

80th Anniversary - RMS Queen Mary

Today is the 80th anniversary of the maiden voyage of Cunard's flagship, the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary.

Hull number 534 became the RMS Queen Mary, and set sail from Southampton docks via Cherbourg to New York city on 27 May 1936. By summer she held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing.

Both the Mary and her sister ship RMS Queen Elizabeth carried war brides from the UK to Canada during and after WWII. The Mary carried over 1000 women, plus their babies, plus 14 Red Cross escort officers, on a single voyage.

The Mary made 1000 trans-Atlantic crossings by the time she was sold in 1967, and is now a museum and hotel in the USA.