Thursday, September 29, 2011
"I name you the Rotterdam," the Queen said, "and wish you a safe journey."
With that, the ship entered the water for the first time. Her Majesty could not have known then that now - 53 years later - the ship would still be with us. The Rotterdam is one of those rare liners that escaped destruction at the hands of the breakers. She now operates as a floating hotel in Rotterdam, which is indeed a most appropriate place for her retirement indeed.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Mauretania went to Rosyth and Olypmic to Jarrow. The demolition of these two ships provided plenty of employment opportunities for these poverty-stricken areas.
The Queen Elizabeth, however, was a different ship than her older sister - and larger too. Building the Mary had allowed the shipbuilders to test new ideas and refine their methods. The effect? Elizabeth was the most technologically advanced liner in the world at that time.The start of Lizzie's passenger service was interrupted, however, by World War II. She was secretly sailed out of Britain to New York - arriving in March 1940. She and Mary would transport over 1 million soldiers to all corners of the globe before resuming their intended careers as passenger liners.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Queen Mary began life as Job #534 in December 1930, although construction halted a year later due to the Great Depression hitting Europe. Securing a loan from the British government, work resumed in 1934 which culminated in one of the most anticipated launches in maritime history.