1936(Classic Ship Collection CSC-002VR)
- Type: Passenger
- Displacement: 81,235 tons
- Dimensions: 1,019 x 118 x 39 ft.
- Machinery: Steam turbines, quadruple screws, 160,000 shp = 30 knots
- Passengers: 1,195 (711 first class, 707 cabin class, 577 tourist class)
- Crew: 1,285
- Builder: John Brown & Company, Limited, Clydebank, Scotland, 1930-36
- Service: Built for Cunard-White Star Line. Laid down 27 Dec 1930, but construction halted the following Dec because of the Depression. Work recommenced Apr 1934; launched by HM Queen Mary 26 Sep. Last three-funnel passenger liner. Maiden voyage 27 May 1936 Southampton-Cherbourg-New York. Took the Blue Riband from Normandie in Aug 1936 with record runs both westbound and eastbound. Remained the world's fastest liner until 1952. Laid up at New York in Sep 1939 after outbreak of WW2. Commissioned as a troopship 1 May 1940 and sailed to Sydney, Australia for conversion. On 2 Oct 1942, while zig-zagging at high speed, she sliced the stern off escorting cruiser HMS Curacao which sank immediately with the loss of 338 lives; Queen Mary continued without significant damage. Final trooping voyage Sep 1946, after which she returned to John Brown's for conversion back to passenger liner. First postwar voyage 31 Jul 1947 Southampton-Cherbourg-Plymouth-New York. Fitted with stabilizers 1958. On 27 Sep 1967 she arrived at Southampton at the end of her 1,000th, and final, voyage. Sold to City of Long Beach, California in Nov; refitted as a museum-hotel-convention center, 1968-71. She has resided there now for longer than she sailed the high seas.