The launch of the ‘Queen Mary’: ship 534

I was given the opportunity to work on board “The Queen” in the late 1980’s in the Public Relation Department. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed coming to work each day, saying hello to our departmental ghost sailor and generally enjoying the atmosphere. My office was placed where the Rolls Royce’s would have been stowed, about 15 ft. under water. What a joy! Something I will never forget.

University of Glasgow Library

80 years ago today ship number 534, the Cunard White Star Liner built on the river Clyde by John Brown’s shipyard, was launched and given the name RMS Queen Mary.

(DC101/1481/Q/4/Y7) (DC101/1481/Q/4/Y7)

The Queen Mary was one of the most celebrated, and largest, ships of its generation and is one of the best known liners to have sailed the seas. The contract for the building of ‘ship number 534’ was signed on 1st December 1930 and the first keel plates were laid on the 27th of that month. Work halted, however, in December 1931 due to the economic depression and did not begin again until April 1934. The structure was finished within six months and she was ready for launch on 26th September 1934.

A ticket to attend the launch (UCS1/107/116) A ticket to attend the launch (UCS1/107/116)

Here at the University of Glasgow Archive Services we hold many records relating to the Queen Mary in our

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