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Queen Mary Veterans [Brian Clune]

Postby Jemm » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:27 am

From Brian Clunes QM VETERANS,

the Queen Mary didn’t linger in Scotland long as she was dispatched to Singapore on June 29, and again rounded Cape Hope making stops in Freetown, Simonstown and Trincomalee before arriving back in Asia. Once in port the Queen Mary was dry docked where her engines were tended to and paravanes were installed. Paravanes are devices with serrated edges designed to cut the mooring cords of explosive mines that a ship may encounter. Sailing again on September 18 back to Sydney the ship would spend the rest of 1940 and the first 5 months of 1941 transporting troops from Australia to Bombay India.- Copyright Brian Clune
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By the end of January 1946, the RMS Queen Mary was ready for her brides and her babies.
February 5th dawned foggy and cold but as the passengers gathered in front of the U.S Army units to be cleared through Immigration and customs they were all smiles. Still in her wartime gray, the Queen Mary nonetheless still looked regal as they boarded for the voyage to their new lives. The crossing took a few days and the passengers passed the time by attending lectures on life in the United States including American history, politics and citizenship, monetary and budgeting practices as well as child care and nutrition for the expectant new mothers traveling to the States. Dance lessons and socializing was the norm in the evenings after dinner was enjoyed in the dining rooms.
The children traveling to America were treated to games and toys in the three nurseries that had been restored on the ship. The craftsmen had built hobbyhorses; dollhouses and any number of toys for the tots to play with and some of the older children were treated to educational tours of the various work areas of the ship including the engine room and bridge...- Copyright by Brian Clune
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Brides and Babies

...on January 14th, 1946 the Queen Mary entered the King George V graving dock to once again be transformed for her new job: this one however would be a joyous voyage to unite families.
Over the next sixteen days the Cunard Queen would be stripped of all of her military hardware that she had picked up over the last six years of war with the biggest attention being the removal of “personal” engravings. Over the war years and with thousands of allied soldiers being transported by the Queen Mary it was not surprising that the soldiers would carve their names, unit numbers and other more “colorful” bits of information along the teak railings and other surfaces that they could get their hands on. The railings were removed and replaced with temporary pieces while a virtual army of sailors scrubbed and scraped other areas of the ship to remove any trace of what could be an embarrassment to the women and children the ship was preparing to board.- Copyright Brian Clune

GI Brides leave London for USA.

For most this would the first trip out of the UK and many were apprehensive about how they would be treated in America and what their news lives would hold in store for them. For their children however, it was the start of a grand new adventure
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Postby Jemm » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:30 am

The RMS Queen Mary left Southampton 3 days before Hitler invaded Poland and began WWII. Captain Murchie found out by communique about the start of the war and was ordered to make all haste to the safe harbor of New York and remain there to await further instructions. Queen Mary immediately instituted black out rules to avoid German U-Boats and arrived in port Sept. 4, 1939, the day after Britain, France and the commonwealth officially declared war on the Third Reich.-Copyright Queen Mary Veterans
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Re: Queen Mary Veterans [Brian Clune]

Postby Jemm » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:31 am

On February 18th 1942, the Queen Mary was dispatched to Australia on what was called by American troops the “40 days and 40 nights” cruise. This was the first time the Cunard ship carried US troops and while her passenger list could now reach 10,000 men, on this cruise she would only carry 8,398 servicemen and 905 crew, still an impressive number for that time. - Brian Clune
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