RMS Queen Mary Log Abstract – Blue Riband

I don’t usually collect ephemera, but this is such an important part of Queen Mary’s history I couldn’t pass it up. Here is a log abstract from the first time Queen Mary took the Eastbound Blue Riband in August 1936. Queen Mary and the French Line Normandie spent many years battling the Transatlantic for holder of the Blue Riband (fastest time to cross the Atlantic), trading back and forth for a few years until Queen Mary ultimately won in 1938.

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 I especially like the detail of the blue border running around the log.

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I also liked that instead of just a plain flip side the log features a nice image of Queen Mary. Again it speaks to the importance Cunard Line felt towards having the fastest ship on the Atlantic.

Below is a newsreel from 1938 when Queen Mary took the Blue Riband back from the Normandie for the last time. She would hold the record from 1938 until 1952 when the SS United States claimed the record for the fastest crossing which she still has to date:

If you have about 15 min here is another clip that talks more about the competition between Normandie and Queen Mary:

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RMS Queen Mary Waste Basket

My wife has been wanting a waste basket from the Queen Mary for a while now.  So as a surprise for her for our new baby I made an effort to find one for her. Simple in design, but still very elegant. Her waste baskets were all square-shaped (with the art deco rounded edges) and a tapered bottom often painted black. Even Queen Mary’s trash cans are lovely.

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This one is made of golden oak, but Cunard also made many waste baskets out of the beautiful veneers Queen Mary is famous for, these veneered waste baskets often matched the rooms they were used in (similar to the Observation Lounge ash bin made out of Macassar Ebony).

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This trash can comes from one of the officers and engineers areas on board the ship.

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I particularly enjoy the metal insert still in great condition.  I love the thoughtful touches such as a metal handle for easy removal.

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RMS Queen Mary First Class Restaurant – Footstool

Here we have a small footstool from the First Class Restaurant. The sycamore base matched the dining room chairs and three tier tables (dumbwaiters) in the room.

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I’ve never seen any archival photos of it in use, and while I’m sure it was used by many different people for the main dining, I believe they were used most during the children’s tea parties they would have on board.

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The dining room footstools also have some of the best and most embellished markings I’ve seen to date.

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The modern name for this room is the Grand Salon.

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RMS Queen Mary Third Class Dining Room Chair Update

My wife surprised me at Christmas time a few years ago with these third class dining room chairs.  I loved them so much and they were a catalyst to start down this journey.  We decided to change the upholstery to better match the post war fabric that was used and I’m so happy we did. It really brightened the look and, to me, made the chairs look a little more luxurious.

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I think the subtle lines are just so classy and wonderful and of course the tie downs for use during bad weather is great.

IMG_7324 Before and after with the new fabric. I was happy with it before, but I am very pleased with the new fabric. To me it makes the mahogany look more rich.

Third class dining room cropped - EditedRMS Queen Mary’s Third Class Dining Room (Pre-war). Such a nice room, with lovely touches, especially for third class. Beautiful second and third class accommodations was one of the things that made Queen Mary a favorite for the average traveler.

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RMS Queen Mary BBC Documentary

For this update I wanted to share this great video. This is a BBC documentary from the late 60s. It is once of the best programs featuring life on board the Queen Mary.

It’s not the best quality, however it shares a lot of good insight from the crew, and it does take you through some of the wonderful rooms on board.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

 

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RMS Queen Mary Main Lounge Glass

The First Class Main Lounge is my favorite room on Queen Mary, and since it is my favorite room on board I’m always looking for items from this room and recently I found this glass piece from the Main Lounge. I am so glad to have this piece framed and on display in my home.

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This piece came from one of the light fixtures in the Main Lounge, and one of the things I love most about the glass is that the color and etching was subtle, but it’s those small details that really made this room so special and gave the room a warm atmosphere. Sadly these light fixtures are no longer functioning, but there are some glass pieces still left on board. The below photo shows another similar piece on board the ship today.

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There is just something wonderful about this room. I proposed to my wife in the Main Lounge and it was the heart of the ship while she was in service. I love to imagine this piece as a silent observer of the life on board Queen Mary. The glorious Maiden Voyage, winning the Blue Riband and the last stroll Captain Treasure Jones took through the room on the Final Voyage. Today it is still one of the most lovely rooms on board.

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The Main Lounge is called the Queen’s Salon today.

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RMS Queen Mary Second Class Tall Dresser

This wonderful 2nd Class dresser from RMS Queen Mary is still in rough shape, but since it will be a little while before we can restore it I wanted to share it now. Fortunately mahogany is very forgiving and I know it will clean up well and be brought back to her in-service beauty.

QM 2nd Class Tall Dresser Front

This is a tall version of the normal second class (tourist and later cabin class) dresser. Most of the dressers I’ve seen only have three rows of drawers and then the pullout.

QM 2nd Class Dresser Side with Pullout

This unique piece has two extra rows of drawers above the Formica topped pullout (the white Formica on the very top is post-war and the brown Formica on the pullout is pre-war). I love finding new shapes and sizes of Queen Mary furniture. Queen Mary dressers are already incredibly useful. They have nice deep drawers and these extra drawers make this dresser the most useful piece of furniture we own.

QM 2nd Class Tall Dresser Side

Another thing I find absolutely fascinating about this dresser is the amount of sheer it has. You can easily tell this dresser was not made for level rooms. When you put a level on the dresser it’s slanted at almost 3 degrees. Another tell that her furniture had to have been made all by hand and custom-fitted to the cabin.

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This dresser is marked D-157 and 157 is also stamped into the wood in the top left in the photo below.  When you look at deck maps, D-157 is very close to the stern of the ship on the starboard side, so the room must have had a lot of sheer.

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As it was so far aft on the ship you know that they must have felt the vibrations from her propellers going 30+ knots.

QM 2nd Class Tall Dresser Hook

This one also came with the hook that was used to hold the cabin door open. Probably to help with moving luggage in and out and with ventilation.

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