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President John Kennedy onboard the RMS Queen Mary

President John Kennedy onboard the RMS Queen Mary

The floating palace for the rich and famous: Vintage photos reveal glamor on board the Queen Mary during her early voyages sailing from New York to Europe – Across the Pond!

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First Class Dining Room

  • The Art Deco liner was the largest and fastest passenger ship in the world when it launched.
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Elizabeth Taylor walking her dogs.

  • The Queen Mary hosted the wealthy and elite, including Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and Bob Hope

Today, the historic ship is permanently moored as a tourist attraction with a museum, hotel, cafes, and restaurants in Long Beach, California

Joseph Kennedy and his son (future President) John F. Kennedy on board RMS Queen Mary.

Joseph Kennedy and his son (future President) John F. Kennedy on board RMS Queen Mary.

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English actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence (nearest to camera) and her dining companions on board the RMS Queen Mary in 1939

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Passengers have boarded the Cunard-White Star Line ship Queen Mary at Southampton as she is ready to set sail on her maiden voyage to New York

  • The Art Deco liner was the largest and fastest passenger ship in the world when it launched. The liner had three classes of cabins, an opulent first-class dining room, ballroom, cocktail bars, a stage for music, two indoor swimming pools, a squash court, libraries, a telephone connection, and a small hospital. It was the flagship of Liverpool-based Cunard-White Star Line when it left John Brown & Company’s shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland after six years of construction.

First Class passengers had a number of elegant dining options, including the veranda grill where they were entertained by a pianist

 

  • The historic Queen Mary transported Allied soldiers during World War Two and returned to passenger service until it was retired in 1967 as profits dropped and the jet age took off.
  • Today, the historic ship is permanently moored in Long Beach, California, where it has been preserved as a tourist attraction with a museum, hotel, restaurants and an exhibition containing some of Princess Diana’s belongings.

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