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New Video: RMS QUEEN MARY: Life of the First Queen of the Atlantic
The Cunard ocean liner 'RMS Queen Mary' leaves for California on her final transatlantic voyage, 15th September 1967. (Photo by Wood/Daily Express/Getty Images)

New Video: RMS QUEEN MARY: Life of the First Queen of the Atlantic

The famous RMS Queen Mary sailed on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line. She offered weekly liner service from England and France to New York.

  • She was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. 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. The two ships were a British response to the express superliners built by German, Italian and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

New Video on RMS QUEEN MARY History

  • Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and won the Blue Riband that August; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when it was taken by the new SS United States.
  • With the outbreak of the Second World War, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers during the conflict.
    Following the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built.
  • The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, Queen Mary was aging and was operating at a loss.
  • After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967.
  • She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored.
  • The ship serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and a hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.
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