Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

On November 16, 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City. Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of September 20, 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

On January 12, 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers. She was under the command of captain Ronald Warwick, who had previously commanded Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). Warwick is the son of William (Bill) Warwick, who had also been a senior Cunard officer and the first … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. The ship is much better known as RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line which, throughout her career, was the largest ocean liner … Continue reading The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

Happy Birthday to Another Queen

On September 26, 1934, Hull Number 534 was launched into the River Clyde at the John Brown & Company shipyard, Clydebank, Scotland. Her progress down the slipway slowed by eighteen drag chains, the new ship had just been christened as the new flagship ocean liner of the Cunard-White Star Line — the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Queen Mary. The ship, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, was built as part … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Another Queen

50th Birthday of A Queen

Today, I mark the anniversary of something that is actually younger than myself!  It was 50 years ago today — September 20, 1967 — that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II christened the ship that would bear her name at the John Brown & Company shipyards in Clydebank, Scotland. The Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Queen Elizabeth 2 has long been my favorite ocean liner. As a young boy growing … Continue reading 50th Birthday of A Queen