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    Arthur Bullock

    McKinney, Texas, United States | 2 Jan 2018

     

    As an engineer officer on the Q.M. I have many happy memories, and made many lifelong friends, John Pattinson and Mike Binnie to name two; but really the whole crew were friends. The ship had a spirit of its own that was felt by everyone who sailed on her. I met my wife Madeleine Jean Woodfin from El Paso, Texas in Piccadilly Circus in 1966. We wrote and called each other weekly for 2 years. I sailed the Q.M. to Long Beach which was an incredibly memorable trip and a great send off from our home port of Southhampton. There was always wonderful entertainment ( Johnny Mathis), followed by a fantastic greeting in Long Beach. After shutting down the ship for the last time, I stamped my name on the forward steam valves in the after engine room. I then went to El Paso TX to spend Christmas with Madeleine and her family and had a great time. I returned to England as a passenger on the Q.E. before returning to sail on the Q.E. until June 1968. Then I flew to El Paso where Madeleine and I were married. We flew to New York for a few days, then we boarded the Q.E. for a honeymoon trip, first class, back to England. The crew was very nice to us. In fact the engineers gave us a gift of money with which we purchased a Wedgwood china service that we still have to this day. Three years later Madeleine, our son Paul and I decided to emigrate to the United States and live in El Paso, Texas, where it is sunny year round. Our son Mark was born in El Paso. Madeleine and I took the boys to see the Q.M. in Long Beach several times. I always showed them my name stamped on the shafts of the steam valves and the spot in Piccadilly Circus where Madeleine and I met. In later years on our visits, my name had been ground off. Last year I did an interview on the Q.M. for a British channel 5 documentary about people who had sailed on the Q.M. I was interviewed in the after engine room. I was also interviewed by Neil Sackley for a documentary on B.B.C. radio. I am a member of the Q.M. association which allows me to stay in touch with many of my ship mates. Currently on my last visit to the Q.M. I was happy to see she is being well cared for. She is definitely unique and cannot be replaced.

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    Steve Smith

    | 8 Dec 2019

     

    I'm quite sure that my dad took me to tour the queen mary while she was docked in Fort Lauderdale or maybe Miami.  sometime likely in late 1967 or early 68.  Does anyone know which port and what dates that might have been? Reply dated 11th December 2019 - RMS Queen Mary – the final sailings 22nd September 1967, Queen Mary sailed for the last time from New York. When she arrived in Southampton on 27th September, the Queen Mary had completed her 1,000th and last crossing of the North Atlantic. Following the last North Atlantic crossing she made two mini-cruises to Gibraltar and Las Palmas, followed by another to Las Palmas, arriving back in Southampton for the last time on 19th October 1967. The Final Voyage was from 31st October to 11th December, with stops at Lisbon, Las Palmas. Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Callao, Balboa and Acapulco. The Queen Mary Archivist

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