Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

News Event

Wednesday, March 31, 1948 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
QUEEN MARY (1936-1940 Passenger liner 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m) of Cunard Line: 1940-1946 Troopship: 1946-1967 returned to service with Cunard Line, Liverpool) Own Page

An awkward time for Cunard White Star liner QUEEN MARY

Ship's locationSouthampton (England, UK)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)

   Severe gales with gusts of 80 to 90 miles per hour were sweeping Britain and caused an unpleasant experience to the Cunard White Star Passenger Liner QUEEN MARY.

   The ship was leaving Southampton for New York with 1645 passengers and, assisted by six tugs, the liner had backed out from her berth when a gust of wind caught the vessel broadside and drove her about 1000 feet (300m) astern along the channel.

   The combined efforts of the six tugs were unable to hold the ship and the Pilot radioed urgently for more tugs to assist.   Two other tugs were quickly in attendance and, with eight tugs pulling and pushing, the Liner was brought under control and made her way down channel to start her voyage to New York.

   A Cunard official described the event as “A good job of seamanship.  There was an awkward moment as the QUEEN MARY was swinging.”