Issue Date: 13/04/2004
Issue Name: RMS Queen Mary Miniature Sheet Carried Aboard Transatlantic Crossing
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This stunning cover features the 6 Ocean Liner stamps still in the miniature sheet and has a lovely image of RMS Queen Mary sailing the ocean. It was carried aboard QE2's last major transatlantic crossing, and is available signed by Captain Ian McNaught.
Few companies have as proud a heritage as Cunard Line. In 1839 Samuel Cunard successfully tendered for a contract to deliver mail across the atlantic from Great Britain to North America. To fulfil the contract Cunard built 4 steamships and pioneered regular scheduled Trans-Atlantic sailings in 1840.
Perhaps the most famous Cunard ships out of over 200 in its history are the Cunard Queens; Queen Mary (1934-1967), Queen Elizabeth (1936-1968) and QE2 (1967-) which have dominated the Atlantic for the last sixty years.
Queen Mary 2, the biggest liner ever bul at 150,000 tons, continues this Cunard tradition. She is the heir to all that has gone before and she exemplifies the art of shipbuilding in it most refined and masterful form.
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Captain Ian McNaught is Deputy Master of Trinity House, and was Captain of ships for Cunard and Seabourn including the last Captain of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2).