|BC206DBL||Ocean Liners - RMS Queen Mary Triple Postmarked Cover, unsigned||£30.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 05/06/2008
Issue Name: Ocean Liners - RMS Queen Mary Triple Postmarked Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary since the first transatlantic crossing by the Queen Mary in 1936. This unique cover is triple postmarked at: Southampton on the 13th April, 2004 (the date the Queen Mary stamp was released by Royal Mail). Southampton on the 27th May, 2006 (the 70th anniversary of her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York), and New York on 5th June, 2006 (70th anniversary of her departure from New York back to Southampton).
RMS Queen Mary
RMS Queen Mary was the first of two ships designed to provide a weekly express service between New York and Southampton. On August 30th 1936 she set a new speed record of 30.63 knots, having made the crossing in 3 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes.
Because she was so huge, it was assumed that the Queen Mary would be stable in even the roughest of weather, but in late October of 1936, there was a stormy crossing which tossed the furniture across the public rooms, causing injury to both passengers and crew. The following crossing, Cunard dispatched a group of joiners and carpenters to fit out the hallways with handrails and secure loose pieces of furniture.
During the war, the Queen Mary earned the nickname of Grey Ghost as she was repainted in camouflage and all her luxurious fittings were stripped to turn her into a troop carrier.
On July 31st 1947 the Queen Mary, completely refurbished after her war service, returned to the North Atlantic ferry sevice. This service continued into the 1960s, by which time she was getting very elderly. She was finally sold off in the late 1960s and is now a hotel and conference centre in California.
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