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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ The Last Great Cruise of The Queen Mary https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/QueenMary/Contributions/Find/VisitorMessages/arthurbullock
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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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