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RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour

Date: 1941
Overall: 81.5 x 107 x 1 mm, 28.07 g
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mike Veness
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00045044

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    A broadside view of RMS QUEEN MARY clearly recognisable by its three funnels is shown in Sydney Harbour. It was taken from a ship liner, possibly the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH when they were both in Sydney Harbour acting as troop transports during World War II.
    SignificanceThis photograph shows RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour in 1941 as a troop transport. The vessel was refitted in Sydney.
    HistoryDuring World War II the Cunard Ocean liners QUEEN MARY and QUEEN ELIZABETH were commissioned as troopships, painted grey and nicknamed 'The Grey Ghosts'. These ships could carry up to 16,000 troops at one time. The first time these vessels visited Sydney at the same time was on 9 April 1941. With both vessels being too large to be accommodated together they passed each other off Sydney Heads with thousands of onlookers watching from the shore. Between 1941 and 1942 the ships came to Sydney a number of times, the QUEEN MARY making a total of 13 trips.

    The construction of RMS QUEEN MARY was completed in May 1936 by John Brown & Co at Clydebank, Scotland and it conducted its maiden voyage from Southhampton to New York on 27 May 1936. Between 1936 and 1967 it acted as a passenger liner for the Cunard line, serving as a troop transport during World War II. After this service QUEEN MARY was sold and transferred to Long Beach, California where it currently resides as a tourist attraction, event centre and museum.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Black-and-white glass plate negative, showing a side view of RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour, or at Sydney Harbour heads, 1941, possibly taken from the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

    Web title: RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour

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