[Invitation] Queen Mary 80th anniversary on May 26

You are cordially invited to the queen mary’s 80th Anniversary celebration Honoring the 80th Anniversary of the Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage on May 27, 1936 and Benefiting the Queen Mary Heritage Foundation.

When? May 26, 2016 at the historic grand salon aboard the Queen Mary
Guest of honor Randolph Churchill
Ticket and sponsorship information at QueenMary.com/80th


Launched on Scotland’s River Clyde in 1934, the most advanced passenger ship of the era endured over two years fitting out before her maiden voyage began on May 27, 1936.
Over a quarter million admirers were on hand in Southampton that day to experience the magnificent Queen Mary’s world debut. That voyage will be celebrated again; you can become part of a living history already shared by an estimated 60 million people worldwide. Come aboard and celebrate the Queen Mary’s 80th Maiden Voyage Anniversary.


Built in the United Kingdom in the 1930s, the Queen Mary’s rich history includes the Great Depression, World War II, the heyday of transatlantic travel during the late 40’s and 50’s and the eventual decline of ocean liners in the 60’s. Relocated to Long Beach, California in 1967, the Queen Mary is a historic reminder of a bygone era. Reborn as a hotel and attraction, the Queen Mary has become a Southern California historic landmark, offering people an opportunity to step back in time and experience the grand days of ocean liner travel.


With a desire to replace the Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengaria, the Cunard Line begins to discuss plans to build a new pair of super ocean liners. Undeterred by lofty goals and the Great Depression, the building of the Queen Mary becomes a groundbreaking technological achievement.

THE GLAMOUR YEARS: 1936 - 1939

Unprecedented luxury and forward-thinking technology make the Queen Mary popular with British Royalty, Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries alike, raising the bar for luxury travel and ultimately becoming the grandest ocean liner ever built.

THE WAR YEARS: 1939-1946

As England and France declare war on Germany, the Queen Mary’s days as a passenger ocean liner appear over. With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary is retrofitted to serve as a troopship during World War II. Dubbed, the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory.


After a 10-month retrofit the Queen Mary returns to her original glory. With her military duty over, the ship reclaims her place as a world-class ocean liner, but a sea of major change is just starting to become evident.


The 1960s were a decade of major change and with the rise of popularity in air travel; ocean liners were slowly becoming obsolete. The old world luxury and sensibilities of the Queen Mary seemed outdated in a modern world now transfixed on the notion of space exploration.


Officially retiring from ocean travel, the Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach, California where she would serve as a living landmark, popular attraction, event venue and hotel, exposing a whole new generation of fans to bygone era.

Last modified on 26/04/2016

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