RMS QUEEN MARY: est 1934
Cunard, White Star Line & The Community of Clydebank
The 1930s, Celebrities & Emigration
WWII and the Greatest Generation
Postwar: The Middle-Class & Students
The RMS Queen Mary returned to regular passenger service in 1947. As her public popularity began to grow in the 1950’s, her passengers soon abandoned ocean travel in favor of the trans-Atlantic jet airliner. Travel across ‘the pond’ could now be done in less than 8 hours, compared to 4 days aboard the Queen Mary. Cunard attempted to attract the traveling public who could not afford the luxury of air travel. Expanded accommodations in lower classes & reduced fares attracted many middle-class families to experience a family vacation in Europe or the United States. By the 1960’s, the Queen Mary began deviating from her normal sailing route, offering cruises to Nassau, Gibraltar, and the Canary Islands. Young college students wishing to travel abroad, often chose sailing aboard the Mary, sharing their 4-person berth cabins with fellow students.
Long Beach, The Queen Mary, and the Local Community