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Higgy Haight

The Last Great Cruise of The Queen Mary

Laundry Manageress

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Story by: The Queen Mary Archivist

Date added: 5 Oct 2017

There were no laundry facilities aboard since the Queen was normally at sea only five days. Laundry was then handled at either end of the run. Now, the limited laundry supply, a maximum number of passengers, and added days at sea presented a problem.
A laundry staff, hired especially for the trip, was functioning with clothes lines stretched in the former Tourist Class dining room. The laundry was run by Higgy Haight, who, with seven laundresses, had all been specially employed for the voyage.

“Higgy Haight ran the laundry. She absolutely did the impossible by keeping the dining room stewards' uniforms laundered, plus all the other things she had to do.”

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