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RMS Queen Mary (Hardback)

The World's Favourite Liner

Maritime > Naval Maritime > Seaforth Publishing

By David Ellery
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781399053051
Published: 10th November 2023

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Probably the most famous, and certainly one of the best-loved ships in the world, the Cunard transatlantic liner RMS Queen Mary has now been preserved at Long Beach, California as a floating hotel and tourist attraction for more than fifty years, comfortably longer than her 31-year career as an ocean liner.

Laid down in 1930, Queen Mary’s construction was severely delayed by the Great Depression. Eventually completed in 1936, the ship was an instant success, capturing the famous Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic later that year, and regaining it in 1938. During the Second World War she served as a troop ship, carrying a total of 810,730 troops and also setting the record for the most individuals carried in a single voyage – 16,683 – which stands to this day. By the time she ceased passenger service in 1967, superseded by the airliner as the preferred mode for international travel, Queen Mary had carried nearly three million people, from royalty, politicians and film stars to emigrants and cruise passengers. After her sale to the city of Long Beach she underwent a major conversion for her new life as a visitor attraction, a role she has continued ever since. During this time however, her story has been far from straightforward, with controversies over management, funding and even the structural integrity of the very ship itself. She now remains the only 1930s superliner left in the world.

The original edition of RMS Queen Mary, the World’s Favourite Liner was published in 1994. This new and expanded edition has been completely revised and brought up to date to describe the ship’s last twenty-five years, and it incorporates a wealth of new photography. Lavishly produced and stunningly illustrated throughout with views of the ship under construction, at sea in her heyday and at rest in Long Beach, it will appeal to all ocean liner enthusiasts and those more general readers fascinated by the heyday of transatlantic travel.

This is a new and expanded edition of a volume published in 1994 and has been completely revised and brought up to date to describe the ship’s last twenty-five years, and it incorporates a wealth of new photography.

One of the yard’s greatest achievements now lies in Long Beach, California, testament to the great and bountiful days of the British shipbuilding and maritime prowess. Lest we forget.

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Lavishly produced and well-illustrated throughout with views of the ship under construction, at sea in her heyday and at rest in Long Beach, it will appeal to ocean liner enthusiasts, students of marine engineering and naval architecture, the general reader and those fascinated by the heyday of transatlantic travel.

International Federation of Shipmasters Association Newsletter - April 2024

"Book of the Month"

Sea Breezes Magazine - January 2024

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About David Ellery

David Ellery is a writer, broadcaster and documentary film-maker with some thirty-five years’ experience working on local and national newspapers, magazines, radio and television documentaries. Co-founder of the award-winning production company Viewpoint Productions, he is an acknowledged expert on the Queen Mary, having produced several films about the ship, including an award-winning documentary for BBC television, and is author of the book RMS Queen Mary, 101 Questions and Answers about the Great Transatlantic Liner (Conway 2006, new ed. Bloomsbury 2021), as well as QE2: The last Great Liner (Castle Communications, 1993). A regular guest presenter on P&O cruises, David lives with his wife and three children near Southampton, Queen Mary’s home port through most of her active career.

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