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Final departure of QUEEN MARY from New York - LIFE Magazine
Final departure of QUEEN MARY from New York - LIFE Magazine

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This is one of a series of images from LIFE magazine hosted by Google showing the final departure of QUEEN MARY from New York.

http://images.google.com/hosted/life...c263d94de.html

Click on the related image thumbnails on right of the page to go through the archive

The colour makes the paying-off pennant more obvious than in B&W images I've seen of this event.
· Date: Wed, 8 January 20 · Views: 275
· Tags: 2 · Filesize: 41.9kb, 93.7kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 661 ·
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Keywords: QUEEN MARY final departure from New York
Source of Image, If not your own: Google / LIFE Magazine
Location photo was taken: New York
Date photo was taken: 22 September 1967
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canberra97

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Wed, 8 January 20 13:45

Absolutely spatacular, many thanks for posting this magnificent photo and for sharing the link to the other photos.

The photos are new to me and they are absolutely amazing, it's made my day viewing them. I also found it interesting that the UNITED STATES had departed shortly after the final departure of the QUEEN MARY. The UNITED STATES would more than likely overtaken the QUEEN MARY at some point and hopefully with a few long blasts from their horns.

Other predominant vessels seen alongside the Manhatten piers is an identified Cunard "Saxonia" class freighter, Cunard FRANCONIA, United States Lines UNITED STATES, American Export Lines CONSTITUTION or INDEPENDENCE, further along the river at the Grace Line pier is the SANTA ROSA or SANTA PAULA.

Once again many thanks for sharing.

Sean
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kohare
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Wed, 8 January 20 16:21

Glad you enjoyed them - as did I. There are some other sets of B&W pictures of QUEEN MARY that might be of interest.

Queen Mary Moves To Another Dock in September 1939 shows a partially painted QUEEN MARY moving berth from the north side of Cunard's Pier 90 to the south side opposite NORMANDIE

Queen Mary Docks in New York on 26 March 1953

I think I've seen some of these here before but thought it worth posting the links.

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alan.gamblin
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Thu, 9 January 20 02:58

Hello Kevin,

Thank you for sharing link to Life showing QM & Normandie. They are fascinating pictures and I have never seen them before.

Kind regards
Alan G
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cockerhoop
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Thu, 9 January 20 07:37

so she didn't stop at New YORK on the way to Long Beach?
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CliveH
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Thu, 9 January 20 10:28

No, she didn't. Her voyage from Southampton to Long Beach - sold as the "Final Fabulous Cruise" - departed Southampton on 30th October 1967 and called at Lisbon, Las Palmas, Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Callao, Balboa, Acapulco and Long Beach, arriving there on the 9th December.
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Wallace Slough
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Thu, 9 January 20 11:09

I remember as a young man that my parents had a friend that made that last voyage as a passenger. From the date given of the passage, I would have just upgraded my license from third mate to second mate at the time. I remember that she complained that it was terribly hot on the trip and the air conditioning was inadequate or inoperative. She was a very unhappy customer.
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CliveH
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Thu, 9 January 20 18:00

The Queen Mary was designed and built to operate on the North Atlantic run. That was it, nothing else, the idea of sending her off on cruises just was not part of the plan. In the latter years of her career (and of that of the Queen Elizabeth) some cruises were undertaken but these never went into equatorial waters. However, Queen Mary had, on that one occasion, to sail through such latitudes as she was too large to transit the Panama Canal. Cunard knew that the ship was unsuited to make such a voyage with passengers and thus they never marketed the cruise. It was sold by a New York based travel company, Fugazy Travel Bureau Inc. There are many reports of it being very hot and uncomfortable aboard the ship during much of the cruise. But let's get real - who would not have wanted to be on that cruise? It would have been a remarkable experience and enormous fun.
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Fri, 10 January 20 05:15

Clive is right. This was probably her last departure from New York. I have a picture on my lounge wall of Queen Mary leaving Southampton on 30th October 1967 with her 310 foot paying off pennant flying behind her.

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canberra97

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Sat, 11 January 20 18:38

Alan

Of course Clive is right and there's no doubting that.

It's very obvious that it's the final departure of the Queen Mary from New York, especially with her paying off pennant clearly on display.

The Fact that LIFE magazine did an article and with these superb photos, "probably" isn't the word I would have used :-)

Sean
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Sat, 11 January 20 20:53

I would have loved to been on that voyage to long beach. Those griping passengers on that trip dont know how lucky they were to be on board!
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Stephen J. Card

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Sun, 12 January 20 05:15

The Paying Off Pennant is hung along the length of the Prom Deck on board QUEEN MARY in Long Beach.
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