Even before her launch RMS Queen Mary earned a special place in history. Job number 534, as the new Cunard liner was known, was Britain’s largest passenger ship by far. In 1930 construction was begun, but as the stranglehold of The Depression tightened, Cunard announced that work was to cease. The half-finished hull sat on Clydebank for over two years, but was far from forgotten. For the people of Britain, 534 became a beacon of hope; a barometer of the nation’s economy. And so it was no coincidence that on the day work at John Brown’s shipyard resumed, prices on the London Stock Exchange shot up. A new age had dawned.
A few months later the first of a long line of ‘firsts’ began for the new liner. Britain’s first ship over 1000 feet in length was ready to be launched and for the first time the consort of a reigning British monarch would do the honours. The liner’s 31-year ocean-going career would break countless records and re-write history. And her popularity soon spread across the Atlantic as she won the affection of America. Today she is enjoying retirement in the sun in Pier J, Long Beach, California as a floating hotel and events centre.
Author David Ellery poses the 101 most crucial questions about her, from design, construction and machinery to stories concerning her name, interior design, and retirement, and provides detailed but concise answers to each one. How fast was Queen Mary? Is it true the Queen Mary is haunted? Is the new Queen Mary 2 anything like the original Queen Mary? 112 pages HB