RMS QUEEN MARY is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (known as Cunard-White Star when the vessel entered service). Built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, QUEEN MARY along with her running mate, the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York City.
The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. QUEEN MARY was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced by QUEEN ELIZABETH. The vessel also held the Blue Riband from 1936 to 1937 and then from 1938 to 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS UNITED STATES.
After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, QUEEN MARY was officially retired from service in 1967. The ship left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where it remains permanently moored. Much of the machinery including two of the four engines, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers were removed, and the ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel.
Update, January 2021: QUEEN MARY operators Eagle Hospitality Trust have filed for bankruptcy. Source: www.lbpost.com 19/01/2021
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Rowbotham, Mark, Shipping - Today & Yesterday: The First Cunard Queens, pp12-16, June 2012
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