QUEEN MARY 80th Anniversary of Maiden Voyage
Today, May 27th 2016, marks the 80th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary. Following construction at John Brown’s shipyard on the Clyde, the Queen Mary set sail from Southampton, to Cherbourg and then onto New York on 1st June 1936. Our Consul General, Christophe Lemoine was aboard today among other officials to recognize the legendary ship which linked together France, Great Britain and North America!
The ship was opened to the public so they could share in commemorating the 80th anniversary, with free admission and programming throughout the day.
At 11:00am, a kick off event was held with opening remarks by: Lord Alan Watson, French Consul General Christophe Lemoine, British Consul General O’Connor, Congressman representative, representative from the City of Long Beach, John Jenkins from the Queen Mary and Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.
The event was followed by the opening of the new gallery and exhibition "Passion for Painting: The Art of Winston Churchill" dedicated by Randolph Churchill.
This evening fireworks will lit the skies over Long Beach harbor.
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.