Queen Mary Facts


The Wireless Room aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. W6RO.

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R.M.S. Queen Mary



Here are some facts about the Queen Mary you might find
interesting.

R.M.S. Stands for ROYAL MAIL SHIP, and cannot be used with
the Queen Mary today because she is no longer in service.

Keel Laid: 1 December 1930
Launched: 26 September 1934
Maiden Voyage: 27 May 1936

Commissioned by: Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd
Constructed by: John Brown & Co., Ltd, Clydebank, Scotland

WWII Service: March 1940--September 1946

War History: Carried a total of 765,429 military personnel
Sailed a total of 569,429 miles (916,407 km)
Carried up to 15,000 troups at one time
Carried wounded soldiers returning to the US
Transported Winston Churchill three times to
conferences.
Carried 12,886 G.I. Brides and Children

Resumed Peacetime Passenger Service: 31 July 1947


Retired from Regular Passenger Service: 19 September 1967
(after completing 1001 crossings of the Atlantic)

Departed on her "Last Great Cruise" at 9:30 AM, Tuesday,
October 31, 1967

Arrived at Long Beach, California at 10 AM, Saturday,
December 9, 1967
Change of Ownership: Removed from British registry and
officially turned over to the ownership of the City of
Long Beach at 10 AM, Monday, December 31, 1967
Overall Length: 1,019.5 feet (310.74 m)
Moulded Breadth: 118 feet (35.97 m)
Height from Keel to
Promenade Deck: 92.5 feet (28.19 m)
Forward Smokestack: 181 feet (55.17 m)
Top of Foremast: 237 feet (72.24 m)
Draft: 39 feet, 4 and 9/16 inches (12.00 m)
Rivets: Over 10 million
Hull Plates: range in size from 8 feet (2.44 m) to 30 feet
(9.14 m) in length, and up to 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) thick
Gross Tonnage: 81,237 gross tons (230,039 cu. m)
Number of Decks: 12
Length of Promenade Deck: 724 feet (220.68 m)
Passenger Capacity: 1957 Officers and Crew: 1174
Cruising Speed: 28.5 knots (55.17 km/hour)
Fuel Consumption: 13 feet/gallon
Rudder: 65 Tons (66,182 kg)
Bow Anchors: 2 @ 16 tons (16,291 kg) each
Anchor Height: 18 feet (5.48 m)
Length of Anchor Chain: 900 feet (274.32 m)
Weight of Anchor Chain: 45 tons (45,818 kg)
Anchor Chain Link: length: 2 feet (61 cm)
weight: 224 lb (101.8 kg)


Whistles:
3, steam type. Two on forward funnel,
one on middle funnel. Each is over 6 feet (1.83 m)
long, weighing 2,205 lb (1002 kg)


Smokestacks:
3, elliptical in shape
36 feet (10.97 m) fore and aft,
23.3 feet (7.1 m) wide
Height: Forward: 70.5 ft (21.49 m)
Middle: 67.5 ft (20.57 m)
Aft: 62.25 ft (18.97 m)


Lifeboats:
24, powered by 18 H.P. diesel engines
Capacity: 145 persons

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