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Cruise Line History: Three great videos of newsreel footage of Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN MARY’S. Her launching, first voyage, final voyage and departure from Southampton in 1967.

There great videos featuring newsreel footage of the RMS QUEEN MARY.

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The great liner RMS Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line).  Built by John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, she was designed to be the first of Cunard’s planned two-ship weekly express service from Southampton to Cherbourg to New York, in answer to the mainland European superliners of the late 1920s and early 1930s.  World War II started before the RMS Queen Elizabeth could join  the Mary.

After their release from World War II troop transport duties, the RMS Queen Mary and her running mate RMS Queen Elizabeth commenced this two-ship service and continued it for two decades until Queen Mary’s retirement in 1967.

The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is permanently berthed in Long Beach, California serving as a museum ship and hotel.

The Queen Mary celebrated the 70th anniversary of her launch in both Clydebank and in Long Beach during 2004, and the 70th anniversary of her maiden voyage in 2006.


Video of the RMS Queen Mary launching, film of her first crossing and arrival in New York.  Includes the British Liner Song: Horatio Nicholls’ “Queen of the Sea”, 1936.


Video newsreel footage of the RMS Queen Mary arriving in Southampton for the last time from New York.  Her 1001st Atlantic crossing final trans-Atlantic voyage.  She was a triumph of British shipbuilding.  


Video newsreel footage showing departure on the final voyage of Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary from Southampton on October 31st 1967. The greatest merchant vessel ever built.

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27th May 1950: British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor aboard the SS Queen Mary during her honeymoon with her first husband, hotel heir Nicky Hilton. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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