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RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour

Date: 1941
Overall: 81.5 x 107 x 1 mm, 26.75 g
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mike Veness
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00045047

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    RMS QUEEN MARY is shown in Sydney Harbour with its anchor raised. The QUEEN MARY was enlisted as a troop carrier in 1940 during World War II and escorted many Australian military personnel to the conflict in Europe.
    SignificanceThis photograph is representative of RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour during 1941 and demonstrates how even the most glamorous of passenger ships were commissioned as troop transports during World War II.
    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 occasion these vessels visited Sydney at the same time was on 9 April 1941. Both were too large to be accommodated together so they passed each other at 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.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour

    Assigned title: Black-and-white glass plate negative of RMS QUEEN MARY in Sydney Harbour, or at Sydney Harbour heads

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