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The Queen Mary passes the Majestic at Southampton during her first visit to the port in April, 1936. The new Cunarder was there for a hull cleaning before returning to the Clyde for her official sea trials off Arran. The Majestic sits at berth 108, after being withdrawn from service, and is awaiti

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My late Grandfather left the MAJESTIC to join the QUEEN MARY at Clydebank and he would have been onboard at the time of this historic photo being taken.

Something that I wished that I had always asked him but never did. I would have loved to have heard of his thoughts about the two liners, going from a pre war German built ship to the brand new Clydeside built QUEEN MARY. The same question could also have been asked about his memories of going from the QUEEN ELIZABETH to the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2.

Sean
 

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You must have grown-up hearing wonderful stories from your grandfather, Sean! I envy you having that close family connection to Cunard.
 

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Yes indeed growing up I was always hearing wonderful memories from my late Grandfather who joined White Star Line in 1924 aboard the HOMERIC as a 14yo Bell Boy and retired in 1975 as a Restaurant Manager aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, a service career of 51 year's.

My father who is still very much alive spent 12 years at sea with numerous company's such as Cunard, P&O, Royal Mail Lines and Union Castle Line. He then spent 42 years in the Port of Southampton which enabled me whilst being a young lad to go onboard many of the liners in port during the 1970/80's.

The Sea is obviously in my genes and after leaving College I joined in their footsteps and joined Cunard Line aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 a month after my 18th Birthday.

Although I'm no longer at sea I am still very much connected to the sea and the Port of Southampton still following that family connection whilst working as a Port Agent.

Sean
 

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That's a fantastic family maritime history, Sean. I wonder if you have wonderful photo albums, filled with pictures of liners. (If only smartphones had existed in 1924!)
 

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Nice photo that I hadn't seen before.

In this and other photos from this occasion, I had always wondered about why the accompanying tugs and the berthed ships she passes are dressed overall but the QUEEN MARY herself isn't. Is this because she hasn't yet been handed over from John Brown to Cunard White Star? In other photos you can see see if flying the John Brown house flag at the top of the mainmast.
 

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Hello Kohare, you are correct about why the QM isn't dressed overall. She has not yet run her official sea trials off Arran, so she's not yet been accepted by Cunard White Star. After this drydocking, which really just consisted of an intense cleaning of her hull, she would return to the Clyde to run her official sea trials.

Clyde (cunard61)
 

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