|BC469B||The Merchant Navy: RMS Queen Elizabeth, with alternative Liverpool postmark (not carried)||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469E||The Merchant Navy RMS Queen Elizabeth, with single Queen Elizabeth stamp and Clydesbank postmark||£17.50||Buy Now|
|BC469||The Merchant Navy: RMS Queen Elizabeth carried cover, with Clydesbank postmark||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC469S||The Merchant Navy: RMS Queen Elizabeth carried cover, signed by Captain Chris Wells||£35.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 19/09/2013
Issue Name: The Merchant Navy: RMS Queen Elizabeth
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely RMS Queen Elizabeth cover features the 6 Merchant Navy stamps along with our Clydebank, Scotland postmark. It has a stunning image of RMS Queen Elizabeth by artist John Wigston. It is available signed by Captain Chris Wells of RMS Queen Elizabeth, and has been carried on board the new Cunarder Queen Elizabeth.
200 Years of the British Merchant Fleet - RMS Queen Elizabeth
The RMS Queen Elizabeth was first launched on 27th September 1938. The second of two super liners created by Cunard intented for New York service and built by John Brown Co, the same company that built the Queen Mary. RMS Queen Elizabeth's launch was delayed unil the 27th due to the declining situation in Europe.
The ship was sent to Southampton. Lamentably, the outbreak of World War II meant that the ship's purpose was to change drastically. RMS Queen Elizabeth was painted grey and soon sailed to New York as the harbour that she had been occcupying was needeed for warship construction. Five month after setting off from Singapore in 1940, she carried thousands of troops from Sydney to Suez, returning each time with German prisoners of war. Once the United States entered World War II RMS Queen Elizabeth sailed to Canada to carry tooops. Overall the RMS Queen Elizabeth helped to bring over a million troops to the front lines. After the war RMS Queen Elizabeth worked to repatriate the American and Canadian troops until 6th March 1946 when she arrived in Southampton and was released from Government Service.
After a full refurbishment, the Queen Elizabeth, in full Cunard livery, set off for her first official passenger voyage to New York on 16th October 1946. By September 1951 the Queen Elizabeth started to carry passengers on cruises from New York to Nassau. By 1968 Cunard announced that the Queen Eliabeth would be withdrawn from service, later that year, making her final voyage on 5th November 1968.
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Captain Wells joined Cunard line as second officer, on QE2, in May 1992. From second officer, he moved progressively through the ranks, first officer, safety officer, chief officer, staff captain, serving also on Cunard Countess and Royal Viking Sun, before being appointed to the build team for Queen Mary 2, spending 18 months in France, and then her first year in service.