All Digitized Passenger Lists For the RMS Queen Mary Available at the GG Archives. Queen Elizabeth returns to England aboard the Queen Mary after three-week good will tour of Canada and the United States. He was already at work on a plan to establish a permanent amateur radio station aboard the ship. Note that units may have crossed on multiple ships. Despite suffering economic setbacks during the Great Depression, which stalled construction on the ship for several years, Cunard Line spared no expense on building the Queen Mary – which was originally known as job #534. Some of that IMRC-built equipment is still on display in the Wireless Room. To protect against magnetic mines, a degaussing coil was fitted around the outside of the hull. Ship, the Queen Mary, leaves docks at Clydebank for first trip … Somewhere online, I came across a photo of a ship plaque that has this information. Some sources claim that hours later, the convoy's lead escort[clarification needed] returned to rescue 99 survivors of Curacoa's crew of 338, including her captain John W. For her part, Queen Mary was transporting the entire US 82nd Airborne Division. Two years later, with all 400 rooms finished, PSA brought in Hyatt Hotels to manage the hotel, which operated from 1974 to 1980 as the Queen Mary Hyatt Hotel. The station was re-dedicated as ‘The Nate Brightman Wireless Room’ in 2007 in his honor. Preview opening of Mary’s Gate Village (Now the Queen’s Marketplace). The Queen Mary AKA The Queen Mary Leaves The Clyde. He was listed on the passenger manifest as "Colonel Warden".[34]. Launched, on 27 September 1938, the RMS Queen Elizabeth (1,031 feet long and 118.5 feet wide) was the largest passenger liner ever constructed. [67], Queen Mary's original, professionally manned wireless radio room was removed when the ship was moored in Long Beach. They were determined to revitalise and enhance the ship as an attraction. [72], Following Queen Mary's permanent docking in California, claims were made that the ship was haunted. [32][33] As quoted in the book, Carter's father, Dr. Norval Carter, part of the 110th Station Hospital on board at the time, wrote in a letter that at one point Queen Mary "damned near capsized... One moment the top deck was at its usual height and then, swoom! 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. ... At this time, the bunk beds had been removed from the ship, and later in September 1946 she began a ten month refit during which she was returned to her pre-war condition and color. Dry docked in King George V Graving Dock. [79] Center for Inquiry fellow Joe Nickell attributes the Queen Mary's haunting legends to pareidolia, illusory mental images triggered by subjective feelings, and daydreaming states commonly experienced by workers, such as hotel staff, doing repetitive chores.[80]. The room was apparently sealed up during the 1960s conversion and was forgotten for decades. Today, the Queen Mary is widely considered one of the best examples and landmarks of Art Deco style in the world. Years indicate year of entry into Cunard service. Walt Disney Company buys Wrather Corporation for $152 million. Preliminary speed trials are made on the way to Southampton. Voyage #419. Queen Mary left New York for Sydney, Australia, where she, along with several other liners, was converted into a troopship to carry Australian and New Zealand soldiers to the United Kingdom. From September 1946 to July 1947, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service, adding air conditioning and upgrading her berth configuration to 711 first class (formerly called cabin class), 707 cabin class (formerly tourist class) and 577 tourist class (formerly third class) passengers. The Cunard Line, US State Department, and the British Government all had to be brought into agreement to permit this event to happen. Work halts on Job #534 because of the Great Depression and an inability to secure further bank loans. Docked without the aid of tugs in New York, by Captain Watts. ... Queen Mary. One thousand and one transatlantic crossings later, the Queen Mary retired in Long Beach, arriving on Dec. 9, 1967. One problem that arose during the conversion was a dispute between land-based and maritime unions over conversion jobs. While the lead ship Queen Mary was to far completed to be retrofitted with these guns, the Queen Elizabeth would become the heaviest firing round armed European warship upon her commissioning in 1946. Carried the greatest number of people on a floating vessel: 15,740 troops, 943 crew. This is a schedule of passenger ships calling at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has called Southern California her home ever since. In 31 years of plying the North Atlantic Ocean in war and peace, in fair weather and foul, the Queen Mary would become the most legendary ocean liner the world has ever known. Note the early helicopters escorting the ship! As per protocol, legend states that the Cunard directors went to ask King George his blessing of the ship's proposed name saying, "We have decided to name our new ship after England's greatest Queen," meaning Queen Victoria, the King's Grandmother. The Queen Mary's bow is bent after the impact. Some of the most famous works are murals by Doris Zinkeisen, whose work echoed themes of mythology, animals and nature, abstracted into pure form. In this role, she carried 776 first class, 774 cabin class and 579 tourist class passengers. As a result, the ship was open only on weekends. I'm looking for a list of all of the passengers who died on the ship, including dates and names. [57], In 2017 a report on the ship's condition was issued. Their high speed and zigzag courses made it virtually impossible for U-boats to catch them. From the belly of the cargo hold to the stately suites above, the RMS Queen Mary is haunted by spirits, spectres, shadows, and ghosts collected along her many ventures across the ocean. As such it was decided to have the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria armed with 457mm guns, modified from the design used on Saint Andrew-class. Cruise from Southampton to Las Palmas. Queen Elizabeth Liner (1946) ... VS of Pathe's John Parsons going on board ship. Unfortunately, your browser does not support iframes. No second-class, third-class or crew cabins remain intact aboard the ship today. Boutwood. Spruce Goose is moved out of The Dome and put on barges headed to McMinnville, Oregon, having been sold to Evergreen International Aviation Inc. Joseph F. Prevratil, President & CEO of RMS Foundation, Inc. signs five-year lease with the city of Long Beach to act as operators of the Queen Mary. July to December: The records of ships used to carry troops to their theaters of operations were destroyed intentionally in 1951. The European phase of Operation was completed by February 1946, but it took until September 1946 to complete the final Pacific phase. Hello, I'm doing some research on the Queen Mary. White Star Line began construction on their 80,000-ton Oceanic in 1928, while Cunard planned a 75,000-ton unnamed ship of their own. The ship is visible from its starboard side. These agreements and crew lists usually include such information as the destination of the ship and the names of individual crew members with age, rank, place of birth, former ship and wage. The Queen Mary has a long and distinguished history and we invite you to explore her past. [39] Front Cover of a Tourist Passenger List for the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line, Departing Friday, 19 September 1947 from Southampton to New York, Commanded by Commodore C. G. Illingworth, R.D., R.N.R. In March 2011, Queen Mary was saluted by MS Queen Victoria while fireworks were going on, and on 12 March 2013, MS Queen Elizabeth made a salute while there were fireworks. Mediterranean cruise: New York, Las Palmas, Tangier, Piraeus, Naples, Cannes, Palma, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Madeira, New York. Indeed, after working a watch of four to six hours of pretty much constantly sending and copying Morse code traffic, the radiomen had little desire to do more of the same on the ham bands on their own time. £3.00 postage. The RMS Queen Mary ‘s Long Voyages of World War II. With all of the lower decks nearly gutted from R deck and down, Diners Club, the initial lessee of the ship, converted the remainder of the vessel into a hotel. Work on Queen Mary resumed immediately and she was launched on 26 September 1934. Nate Brightman, K6OSC, founder of W6RO aboard the Queen Mary. During her service in the war, the Queen Mary was painted a drab grey, hence her nickname, the “Grey Ghost.” At the close of the war the ship began to transport more than 22,000 war brides and their children to the United States and Canada. Outgoing passenger lists (1890-1960) New York, NY. In total, there were over 8 million Allied soldiers waiting to be brought home from their stations in the European Asian and Pacific Areas and the operation to return them all took eighteen months to complete. First keel plate is laid for job #534 (which was eventually named the Queen Mary) at John Brown Shipyard. With a London–New York travel time of just 7–8 hours now possible with the new aircraft, demand for a sea crossing of the ocean fell away markedly. At exactly 12:07 p.m., John Treasure Jones, the Queen Mary's last sailing master, ordered "finished with the engines," signaling the end of one career and the beginning of another. On the Sun Deck, the elegant Verandah Grill would be gutted and converted into a fast-food eatery, while a new upscale dining venue was created directly above it on Sports Deck, in space once used for crew quarters. When Queen Mary was bought by Long Beach, the new owners decided not to preserve her as an ocean liner. So this web page is an informal collecting ground for information about troop ship crossings. Removed from British registry and officially turned over to the City of Long Beach. [45], By 1980, it had become apparent that the existing system was not working. With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary is retrofitted to serve as a troop ship during WWII. "Today we come to the happy task of sending on her way the stateliest ship now in being. opens. As a result of her new colour, and in combination with her great speed, she became known as the "Grey Ghost". This was announced on 28 October 2007, at Brightman's 90th birthday party by Joseph Prevratil, former President and CEO of Queen Mary. Hoping to continue financing Queen Elizabeth 2 which was under construction at Brown's shipyard, Cunard mortgaged the majority of the fleet. Discover Hollywood celebrities and Political dignitaries that are part of the Queen Mary's history. The Queen Mary's bow is bent after the impact. Known as the “Bride and Baby Voyages,” she made 13 voyages for this purpose in 1946. [53][54][55], In 2016 Urban Commons, a real estate company, assumed the lease of Queen Mary. Work begins on the new Southampton dry dock, to be known as the King George V Graving Dock. In his 1979 autobiography, For the Record, Morley wrote that he was placed at table with Sir Percy Bates, chairman of the Cunard Line. Unlike her 18in armed sisters, the Queen Mary served a relatively mudane service carrier One of these certificates is still on display in the radio display room. [11] And so, the legend goes, the delegation had of course no other choice but to report that No. 1954 - by ship: 1,000,000; by air: 600,000 [21], In the Second World War conversion, the ship's hull, superstructure, and funnels were painted navy grey. [64] Queen Mary originally had three whistles tuned to 55 Hz, a frequency chosen because it was low enough that the extremely loud sound of it would not be painful to human ears. After delivering war brides to Canada, Queen Mary made her fastest ever crossing, returning to Southampton in only three days, 22 hours and 42 minutes at an average speed of just under 32 knots (59 km/h). Queen Mary Story and Power Train Tour, and Upper Decks opened, weekends only. Another Queen Mary departure from the UK – circa 1939. The ship is visible from its starboard side. On 5 February 1993, RMS Foundation, Inc signed a five-year lease with the city of Long Beach to act as the operators of the property. Cunard Line announces that John Brown & Company, LTD., of Clydebank, Scotland, had been selected as builder of the new liner. From 1983 to 1993, Howard Hughes' plane H-4 Hercules was located in a large dome nearby. It was to include an attraction known as DisneySea, a theme park celebrating the world's oceans. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland, the Queen Mary was destined to stand in a class all her own. ... At this time, the bunk beds had been removed from the ship, and later in September 1946 she began a ten month refit during which she was returned to her pre-war condition and color. RMS Queen Mary Passenger Lists 1936-1960. England and France declared war on Germany. The air-driven Tyfon whistle can be heard at least 10 miles (16 km) away. Today the pool can only be seen on guided tours and is in a derelict condition, having never been maintained by the hotel operators. Thus there is no longer an official record of who sailed on what ship, though there are still valuable sources that can be found. Also on R deck, the first-class Turkish bath complex, the 1930s equivalent to a spa, was removed. In 1967, the ship was sold and became a floating museum in Long Beach, California. With the beginning of World War II, she was sent to New York and docked alongside her older sister, RMS Queen Mary as the British were afraid that she might be destroyed by German bombs. The DisneySea concept was recycled a decade later in Japan as Tokyo DisneySea, with a recreated ocean liner resembling Queen Mary named the SS Columbia as the centrepiece of the American Waterfront area. Walt Disney Company gives up lease on the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose property. Garrison Investment Group said this decision was purely business. [47], Jack Wrather, a local millionaire, had fallen in love with the ship because he and his wife, Bonita Granville, had fond memories of sailing on it numerous times. Disney pinned their hopes for turning the attraction around on Port Disney,[48] a huge planned resort on the adjacent docks. First voyage as a troop transport. New York, NY. Her 1946 crossing on what was then a virtual highway of the seas was aboard the Ile de France, which met a rather undignified end as a prop in the 1960 disaster movie The Last Voyage. It was decided that a single operator with more experience in attractions was needed. Voyage #397 West. Under the command of Captain John Treasure Jones, who had been her captain since 1965, she sailed from Southampton for the last time on 31 October with 1,093 passengers and 806 crew. Hotel Queen Mary reopens with 125 rooms operational. Learn More, Queen Mary Update on COVID-19. The owners of the Spruce Goose, the Aero Club of Southern California, sold the plane to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon. Jacques Cousteau's "Living Sea" portion of Museum of the Sea (M.O.T.S.) Queen Mary 2, being 345 metres (1,132 ft) long, was given the lowest possible frequency (70 Hz) for her regulation whistles, in addition to the refurbished 55 Hz whistle on permanent loan. Queen Elizabeth was withdrawn in 1968 and Queen Elizabeth 2 took over the transatlantic route in 1969. Radar was also fitted to her at this time. Provenance. Docked without tugs in New York, by Captain S.A. Jones. Winston Churchill transported from Gourock to New York, to meet with President Roosevelt. [12], Queen Mary was fitted with 24 Yarrow boilers in four boiler rooms and four Parsons turbines in two engine rooms. W6RO enjoys worldwide fame on the ham radio bands. Twenty of the Queen Mary’s lifeboats were left off the ship to save weight. Ship transferred to Atlantic Ocean. The British Treasury makes advances of £4,500,000 toward the completion of #534, and authority was to be sought to make an advance not to exceed £5,000,000 for a second liner. The new Queen Mary 2 sailed into the port of Long Beach and greeted her historic namesake, the original Queen Mary. Political leaders in Scotland, birthplace of Queen Mary, called for the then UK Prime Minister Theresa May to pressure the American government to fund a full repair of the liner in 2017. The Queen Mary celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its Opening Day. A dirigible flies above the ship. Please note, it is based on incomplete records. 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