Queen Mary and J. Holman, 735th MP Bn who was aboard : 45-06-19 Crowded ship bringing American troops back home. Two ship service begins for Cunard with the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. First voyage as a troop transport. Last Eastbound transatlantic crossings. First Meeting between Lord Mancroft and Long Beach, California representatives in New York. Armament removed from ship, except the six-inch gun. It was displayed at the head of the main staircase on Promenade Deck and is now located on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. In the early days, the ship would be in port for 36 hours. The Cunard Line and White Star line merged in 1934 when the two companies had experienced financial difficulties. 46-01-03. First post-war voyage departs South Hampton New York with 1,897 passengers, 1,280 crew members under the command of Commodore Illingworth. It was a large 81,237-ton liner, 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m) in length and 118 ft (36.0 m) in width. He first joined the Ship Movements Division (Op-38) on 10 January 1941 and became Head of Convoy and Routing Division (Op-37) on 26 January 1942. Winston Churchill transported from Gourock to New York, to meet with President Roosevelt. The RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line.GGA Image ID # 13edc635ec. Fastest eastbound crossing since Blue Riband record: 4 days, 10 hours, 6 minutes. View Hours, Choose from 347 original first class staterooms and suites, Experience everything the ship has to offer by staying aboard and booking a package, Refresh and rejuvenate with our spa and fitness options, Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with our exciting tours & exhibits, When the sun goes down, the spirits aboard the Queen Mary come out to play, Experience everything the Queen Mary has to offer with a tour package, The Queen Mary offers comprehensive tour packages for 15 people or more, From fine dining to casual restaurants and snacks, the Queen Mary has something for all appetites. The British Treasury makes advances of Â£4,500,000 toward the completion of #534, and authority was to be sought to make an advance not to exceed Â£5,000,000 for a second liner. Prince Michael of Kent representing the British Royal Family, grandson of Her Majesty Queen Mary; Scotland's Clydebank District Provost Jack McAllister and other special guests. Their high speeds allowed them to outrun hazards, principally German U-boats, usually allowing them to travel without a convoy. The Queen Mary reopens to the public. Departs New York for Sydney, Australia, to be fitted as a troopship. Following an extensive refurbishment, the ship was returned to passenger service. The family likely wouldn’tÂ be waiting at the dock unless they lived near the harbor as train transportation was actually pretty expensive. The hull plating is 80% completed and the ship stands nine stories high. The Queen Mary celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its Opening Day. Paravanes fitted. Captain John Treasure Jones, the 33rd and last captain of the Queen Mary dies at the age of 87 at his home in Chandler's Ford, England, just north of the port town of Southampton. New York, NY. People in story: Sgt Gerald Edward Hanson. The Queen Mary departs Southampton at 4:33 p.m. on her maiden voyage, arriving in Cherbourg, France at 8:47 p.m. and departing at 12:39 a.m. the following morning. Cunard announces that the Queen Mary is for sale. Hull damaged while entering dry dock in Boston Naval Shipyard. The company agrees to operate the attraction until September 30, 1992. Aero Club of Southern California announces sale of Spruce Goose to Evergreen International Aviation Inc. in McMinnville, Oregon. I said to my mate “You know she’s zig-zigging all over the place in front of us, I’m sure we’re going to hit her.” And sure enough, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser in two like a piece of butter, straight through the six inch armoured plating. Queen Mary presents her personal standard to the ship. Sun 20/12/42 11.15pm Blackpool. total: 15,883. The Queen Mary makes its final military voyage from Halifax to South Hampton. 14,833 troops and 1,000 crew transported. RMS Foundation, Inc., schedules Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Queen Maryâs Maiden Voyage from Southampton to New York. Her first maiden voyage happened on May 27, 1936 when she reached the speed of 33 kn (61 km/h; 38 mph). We are here to inform the public about the paranormal side of the RMS Queen Mary. England and France declared war on Germany. Self-guided and guided "Captain's Tour" resume. Hotel Queen Mary closes. This is troopship Queen Elisabeth. The limited number of other troop ships were smaller, and usually had to travel in slower escorted convoys because of the submarine threat. King George V chose the name Queen Mary for the ship in honor of his wife. 2nd October 1942: Troopship liner Queen Mary sinks HMS Curacoa. Ten stowaways were discovered on the first crossing. Cunard Line announces that John Brown & Company, LTD., of Clydebank, Scotland, had been selected as builder of the new liner. Undettered by lofty goals and the Great Depression, the building of the Queen Mary becomes a ground breaking technological achievement. Installation of boilers begins around this date. He got wind of this and asked a big gathering of troops at an event he was attending whether they wanted to continue filling the ships at normal capacity, or be crammed the hell into them to get home as soon as possible. Fastest ever turn - around in dry dock, and first time ever sailed with passengers from dry dock. Eventually, the ship's troop-carrying capacity was increased to 16,000 men. Voyage #485 West. First time the Queen Mary carried American troops (8,398 troops, 905 crew). First keel plate is laid for job #534 (which was eventually named the Queen Mary) at John Brown Shipyard. Howards Hughesâ Spruce Goose flying boat opens to the public next to the Queen Mary. Arrival at Pier 90 in New York at 4:20 p.m. Queen Mary: 735th Military Police Battalion, as part of 12,326 American troops and 2,200 Navy personnel, and one lone Congressman. Learn More. Removed from British registry and officially turned over to the City of Long Beach. With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary is retrofitted to serve as a troop ship during WWII. Crowded ship bringing American troops back home. Unprecedented luxury and forward-thinking technology make the Queen Mary popular with British Royalty, Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries alike, raising the bar for luxury travel and ultimately becoming the grandest ocean liner ever built. It burned during refitting in Hong Kong in 1972. The new Queen Mary 2 sailed into the port of Long Beach and greeted her historic namesake, the original Queen Mary. From The Year 1916 Illustrated. When I found my Uncle Henry’s name on the ship manifest for the Queen Mary on Feb. 22, 1945, I figured it wasn’t him. White Star Line began construction on their 60,000 ton Oceanic in 1928, while Cunard planned a 75,000 ton unnamed ship of their own.Construction on the ship, then known only as \"Hull Number 534\", began in December 1930 on the River Clyde by the John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. Walt Disney Company buys Wrather Corporation for $152 million. According to Eisenhowerâs memoir some troops were complaining to the press about the slow rate at which they were being returned to the States. Six war-bride voyages, transporting 12,886 European brides and children to the United States and Canada. The Queen Mary arrives in Long Beach, California. In King George V Graving Dock. Record turnaround in New York of 17 hours and 58 minutes. King Edward VIII, Her Majesty Queen Mary, the young Princess Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of York (soon to be King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), the Duke and Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester visit the ship. WW2 - Cunard Liner Queen Mary on War Service (as a Troop Transport Ship), New York, USA circa 1945 The battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary, sunk in the Battle of Jutland during World War I. Voyage #477. opens. Dubbed, the âGrey Ghost,â the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory. Voyage #419. Carried the greatest number of people on a floating vessel: 15,740 troops, 943 crew. Get Directions, Info & Reservations The political consequences were immense. At Honolulu, from the 75th Station Hospital, 69 nurses; 1563rd Engr., 7 officers and 191 enlisted men; 3024th QM, 1 officer and 55 enlisted men; 3020th Engr., 4 officers and 103 enlisted men. Between June 1943 and April 1945, the Queen Mary carried nearly 340,000 American and Canadian troops on journeys that covered 180,000 miles. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were used as troop transports during the Second World War. Part 1. 1,000 Crossings of the North Atlantic. Remainder of 1992, The Port of Long Beach becomes operator of property, and looks for new operator. Diana: A Legacy of a Princess Royal Exhibit premiers at the Queen Mary. This is troopship Queen Elisabeth. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary were used as troop transports during the Second World War. 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802 This is a great record kept by Sgt Gerald Edward Hanson, RAF, Journey on the Queen Mary from Greenock to Egypt, 21.12.1942 to 25.1.1943. Preliminary speed trials are made on the way to Southampton. The troops would get off the ship, go to a Western Union office, send their family a telegram telling them when and how they would be getting home, and then they would get the train to there. 1961 - by ship: 750,000; by air: 2,000,000 Nov 9, 2018 - Offering a new Fine Art quality reprint of this vintage photo of the RMS Queen Mary, New York City, New York, 1945. The Queen Mary collides with British light cruiser Curacoa. With a desire to replace Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengaria, the Cunard Line begins to discuss plans to build a new pair of super ocean liners. Voyage #514. Banquet rooms are operational. First Armored Infantry Division (15,125 troops, 863 crew). The dock is the largest in the world at the time. Thank you. As England and France declare war on Germany, the Queen Maryâs days as a passenger ocean liner appear over. Voyage #516. British Olympic runner Lord Burghley runs one lap (400 yards) in evening dress around the Promenade Deck in under 60 seconds. Troop capacity increased. Disney advises the City and Port of Long Beach that it will end its lease for the operation of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose. Second fastest Atlantic crossing since 1938. 1954 - by ship: 1,000,000; by air: 600,000 Dubbed, the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory. Winston Churchil returns to Gourock, Scotland, with 15,116 troops. Ridings of Long Beach. Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Launch and Naming of the great liner. Officiating are RMS Foundation President Joseph F. Prevratil; H.R.H. Voyage #513 East. Total: 16,683. There were other options, such as long distance telephones, but a telegram would have likely been the most common. Aug 5, 2014 - Queen Mary in WWII when it was a Troop Carrier ship to Germany Won the Blue Riband back from the Normandie on her 48th round-trip voyage. The Troopship Queen Mary 7 December 1942 I struggled up the gangplank of the Queen Mary with my heavy suitcase in one hand, a small make-up case in the other, a gas mask and musette bag crisscrossed over my chest, my brown purse hung from my right shoulder plus a canteen filled with water, and a flashlight attached With Germany launching Bremen and Europa into service, Britain did not want to be left behind in the shipbuilding race. Paired with Queen Elizabe… Wrather Port Properties Ltd., a subsidiary of Wrather Corporation, signs a 66-year lease to manage the Queen Mary and adjoining acreage. Mediterranean cruise: New York, Las Palmas, Tangier, Piraeus, Naples, Cannes, Palma, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Madeira, New York. Hotel Queen Mary reopens with 125 rooms operational. 1965 - by ship: 650,000; by air: 4,000,000. Total mileage: 37,943 miles. He returned to England overland via France in December 1945 and was demobbed in January 1946. Crossing time: 5 days, 5 hours and 13 minutes. The task of building the RMS Queen Mary represented a brave and elusive responsibility, especially in the early 1930s, as she was to be the biggest, quickest and most luxurious liner ever constructed.The early beginnings of the three funneled steel grand vessel started with the strong vision and belief in the future of steamships. Unnamed number of troops (Marines) boarded at Nawiliwili on 22nd and 23rd of Arpil, 1945. The King George V Graving Dock is officially opened with King George V and Queen Mary steaming into the dry dock aboard the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert. Twenty of the Queen Maryâs lifeboats were left off the ship to save weight. Work halts on Job #534 because of the Great Depression and an inability to secure further bank loans. Jacques Cousteau's "Living Sea" portion of Museum of the Sea (M.O.T.S.) Audio tours begin again in English, German, Japanese and Spanish. By 1947, Queen Mary had been refitted for passenger service. Officially retiring from ocean travel, the Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach, California where it is a living landmark, popular attraction and hotel, exposing a whole new generation of fans to bygone era. The ship was also used to return American troops from Europe after the war. Winston Churchill sails to meet President elect Dwight D. Eisenhower. Queens' captains open orders telling them of the decision to sell the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mary held the record. It was launched in 1938 as the sister ship to the Queen Mary and served as a wartime troop transport, transatlantic ocean liner, and cruise ship until 1968. Seventy tons of cement are used to temporarily patch the bow in Gourock, Scotland. After a 10-month retrofit, the Queen Mary returns to her original glory. With her military duty over, the ship reclaims her place as a world-class ocean liner, but a sea of major changes is just starting to become evident. Sailed in convoy with Aquitania, Mauretania (II), Empress of Britain, Empress of Canada, and Empress of Japan, from Sydney, Australia, to Gourock, Scotland, with 5,500 troops. Download this stock image: WW2 - Cunard Liner Queen Mary on War Service (as a Troop Transport Ship), New York, USA circa 1945 - ER5G67 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. City of Long Beach resumes responsibility for the Queen Mary from the Port of Long Beach. On her sixth round-trip voyage, the Queen Mary wins the Blue Riband for the fastest North Atlantic crossings from the French Line's Normandie. The Queen Mary held the Blue Riband since August 8, 1938. RMS Queen Mary — Record of Cruises, 1945–46 One 1945-46 voyage has this additional note: September 27, 1946: The Queen Mary was demobilized at … Dry docked in Singapore. Spruce Goose is moved out of The Dome and put on barges headed to McMinnville, Oregon, having been sold to Evergreen International Aviation Inc. Joseph F. Prevratil, President & CEO of RMS Foundation, Inc. signs five-year lease with the city of Long Beach to act as operators of the Queen Mary. First time a complete division was carried on any ship. Dry docked in Boston Naval Shipyard to install new more permanent bow piece. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. All Digitized Passenger Lists For the RMS Queen Mary Available at the GG Archives. During her war service as a troopship Queen Elizabeth carried more than 750,000 troops, and she also sailed some 500,000 miles (800,000 km). 11,346 troops and 846 crew. Winston Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden sail aboard the Queen Mary to visit with President Harry S. Truman. Sailed alone. Job #534 is launched, and named the Queen Mary by her Majesty Queen Mary, accompanied by His Majesty King George V. The ship is moved to the nearby fitting out basin. An array of unique shops featuring souvenirs, one-of-a-kind treasures, clothing, memorabilia, historic documents, artwork and more, The Queen Mary is a great central hub to all of Southern Californiaâs most popular attractions, Queen Mary Update on COVID-19. The 81,000-tonne Queen Mary, launched in 1936, dwarfed the ageing 4290 tonne Curacao, afloat since July 1916, as the tragedy unfolded about 20 nautical miles off the Irish coast. The 1960s were a decade of major change and with the rise of popularity in air travel; ocean liners were slowly becoming obsolete. Departed Southampton on final peacetime voyage, carrying her largest number of passengers: 2,552, including Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hope and millions in gold bullion. Furnishings reinstalled after being recovered from different ports around the world. Ship transferred to Atlantic Ocean. The dock is the largest in the world at the time. Itâs also possible for some of the soldiers not to have the money for a telegram, so they just showed up in their old town. The Queen Mary celebrates 40 years in Long Beach. Queen Mary Tour Inc. takes over operation of Museum of the Sea. She could move an entire army division in one voyage. 45-12-31. With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary is retrofitted to serve as a troop ship during WWII. In this role, she carried 776 first class, 774 cabin class and 579 tourist class passengers. Since they were manufactured in Gourock, the lifeboats were lifted into their davits upon ship's arrival. It is 1,200 feet long, 135 feet wide at its entrance, 59 feet deep, holds 58 million gallons of water, and can hold any ship up to 100,000 tons. Ship also became fully dependent on shore-side utilities. The Queen Mary departs John Brown Shipyard, steaming down the Clyde River to Gourock, Scotland. Winston Churchill transported from Gourock to Halifax, Canada, for 2nd Quebec "Quadrant" conference. Learn More, Queen Mary Update on COVID-19. Queen Mary was returned to Cunard on 27 September 1946, having sailed over 900,000km (600,000 miles) and carrying 800,000 people. The RMS Queen Mary: A Thought on Paper to a Reality on Sea. The two ships saluted each other with their one-ton signaling horns. Listing Includes Date Voyage Began, Steamship Line, Vessel, Passenger Class and Route. Dry docked in King George V Graving Dock. Funnels and both masts are in position. This was an incredible feat, duplicated by the Mary's sister ship the Queen Elizabeth, which had also been adapted for troop-carrying. The North Atlantic Shipping Bill is passed. Queen Mary Story and Power Train Tour, and Upper Decks opened, weekends only. Her carrying capacity was over 15,000 troops and over 900 crew. S. Harding - Gray Ghost. Work to restore the ship to passenger service begins as the ship at the King George Dry Dock. Actually not anyone entered in contact with their family. Voyage #515. The voyage would take about 5-7 days on average to go from the East Coast of the US to the British Isles while bringing troops to Europe. Cruise from Southampton to Las Palmas & Gibraltar. This photo is in the Library of Congress. Accommodations increased from 2,140 to 5,500. Walt Disney sails aboard the Queen Mary to attend European Premier of Alice in Wonderland. The agreement includes the Disneyland Hotel, and management of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose property. Enjoy the 1930s classic sophistication of the Queen Mary bars. Voyage #382 East. The SS United States secures Blue Riband traveling from Bishop Rock to Ambrose Light in 3 days, 12 hours and 12 minutes. Queen Mary, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg and New York. The two ships were a British response to the express superlinersbuilt by German, Italian and French companies in the late 1920s and early 19… The Queen Mary celebrates 30 years in Long Beach. 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Most restaurants and Sunday Brunch are back. I am writing a novel and needed this vital information. So this web page is an informal collecting ground for information about troop ship crossings. Docked without the aid of tugs in New York, by Captain Watts. It was not comfortable. Docked without tugs in New York, by Captain S.A. Jones. A troopship (also troop ship or troop transport or trooper) is a ship used to carry soldiers, either in peacetime or wartime.Operationally, standard troopships–often drafted from commercial shipping fleets–cannot land troops directly on shore, typically loading and unloading at a seaport or onto smaller vessels, either tenders or barges.. Queen Mary as troop ship (Part 1) After tea up to Prom deck, terrifically crowded -—RAF dance band in operation — very hot with... Queen Mary as troop ship (Part 2) Voyage #53 West. The old world luxury and sensibilities of the Queen Mary seemed outdated in a modern world now transfixed on the notion of space exploration. Remainder of Hotel Queen Mary's 365 rooms reopen. We are a collaborative project of investigation teams and individuals to help bring together evidence, experiences, and data from aboard the Queen Mary. Departed Southampton on Final Voyage to Long Beach, California. Anchor trials and adjustment of the magnetic compasses are made off Gourock. Walt Disney Company gives up lease on the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose property. Voyage #486 East. After 28 months, construction resumes on job #534. In early 1940, with Australia less than a year into World War 2, a 17-year-old George Shirley used his father’s 16mm movie camera to film two grand visitors to Sydney Harbour. The ship is officially handed over from John Brown Shipyard to Cunard White Star Line at exactly noon. They overwhelmingly applauded the later option. (total of 14,777 troops & 893 crew) Task unit 31.29.1 escorted by US McClelland (DE-750) Berth L-52, Saipan, Marianas Islands: 45-06-20: S. Harding R.M.S. How did anyone find their family members when everyone got off the boat? "40 Days and 40 Nights" voyage from Boston to Sydney, Australia. With her sister ship Queen Elizabeth, the two "Queens" enabled D-day to happen in 1944 and not in 1945. The discovery of Tutankhamun in color pictures, 1922, The dangerous lives of Pennsylvania coal miners captured in rare photographs, 1942, Intimate photos of the Romanovs, shortly before their execution, 1915-1916, Adolf Hitler's eye color in a rare color photo, The attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, 1941, The Miracle of Dunkirk in rare pictures, 1940, Apollo program astronauts training in Arizona for the Moon missions, 1960s. 5,000 German prisoners of war were also on board. On the ship at the same time as my Dad! Participating in the post-war sea trials in the English Channel and met the Queen Elizabeth for the first time during peace off the coast of South Hampton in the Solant just off Cowes. 1957 - by ship: 1,000,000; by air: 1,000,000 RMS Queen Mary Passenger Lists 1936-1960. Stabilizers installed aboard the ship at King George Dry Dock in South Hampton. Two Cunard legends meet for the first time. First letter of inquiry from H.E. Queen Mary’s first post-war voyage departed on 31 July 1947, sailing from Southampton to New York. At Cunard Lineâs annual meeting, Chairman Sir Thomas Royden makes the first official announcement that âthe question of new tonnage is one constantly in our minds.â The Cunard Line begins plans to design a new pair of super ocean liners to replace the Mauritania, Aquitania and Berengaria on their North Atlantic route. Voyage #397 West. Docked in New York without the aid of tugs. King Edward VIII makes inspection tour of the ship. The Queen Maryâs amateur radio station (W6RO) is renamed the Nate Brightman Radio Room in honor of Mr. Brightmanâs more than 40 years old dedication to the station. Queen Mary transported 36 tons of gold and silver from South Hampton to New York. The Normandie wins the honor back in 1937. The King George V Graving Dock is officially opened with King George V and Queen Mary steaming into the dry dock aboard the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert. The RMS Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. The ship goes aground twice despite prior dredging of the river and her shallow draft. Seven war-bride voyages transporting European brides and children to Canada. It looks crowded because everyone is on deck as it is pulling into harbor (look at the top of the picture). Crowded ship bringing American troops back to New York harbor after V-Day, 1945. Location of story: Greenock to Egypt 1942/43. "Titanic: The Expedition" exhibit makes its West Coast debut aboard the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary celebrates her 75-year anniversary of the Maiden Voyage. Queen Mary remained a popular liner during the coming decade. âThe Long Voyageâ from Gourock, to the Suez, Sydney, Australia, and return to Gourock. (562) 435-3510 Voyage #425. This is a high quality reprint, unframed, approximately 8x10 on 8 1/2x11 archival fine art paper, suitable for … The effective date for transferring the assets of the Cunard Steamship Company and the White Star Line, to the newly formed Cunard White Star, LTD. Cunard was credited with 62% of the share capital and White Star with 38%. Official speed trials are held in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Arran. It is fitting that our beloved Queen Mary took her final voyage on Halloween of 1967 docking permanently in Long Beach, California. Installation of engines and almost all of the heavy machinery is completed. Queen Mary as troop ship WW2 WWII podcast. Docked without the aid of tugboats in New York, by Commodore Irving. First cruise: Southampton to Las Palmas. Cruise from Southampton to Las Palmas. Rivals Cunard Line and White Star are forced to merge. It is 1,200 feet long, 135 feet wide at its entrance, 59 feet deep, holds 58 million gallons of water, and can hold any ship up to 100,000 tons. First time more than 10,000 persons had traveled on any ship (9,880 troops, 875 crew). Queen Elizabeth returns to England aboard the Queen Mary after three-week good will tour of Canada and the United States. (Photo credit: New-York Historical Society). RMS Queen Elizabeth, ocean liner of the Cunard–White Star line. Dry docked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. come to an end with the surrender of Japan there remained the enormous task of bringing home the thousands of military personnel scattered across the globe On 21 March 1940 the Queen Mary left New York Harbour bound for Sydney, where the plan was to convert her into a troopship. If you have information about a crossing, ... 1945 (via Daniel B. Tompkins whose father, Ezra P. Tompkins, was the ship's captain) ... Queen Mary. Wave floods parts of Main, A and B Decks. Find open times for the Queen Mary and its dining and parking. Work begins on the new Southampton dry dock, to be known as the King George V Graving Dock. Preview opening of Maryâs Gate Village (Now the Queenâs Marketplace). In 1947, Cunard shareholders acquired the 38% of Cunard-White Star that they didn't already own and in 1949 bought out the entire company, operating individually as the Cunard Line. 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