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Clip #: TFA-68A
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R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth ocean liner registration certificate Southhampton England, Isle of Wight tugboat various shots of boat, gangplank taking on pilot and customs officers from tugboat smoke coming out of funnel bags of mail and telegrams, pilot Smith map of channel bridge with steering wheel more tugs with smoke coming into harbor puling alongside dock man turns valve engine room cranes on dock men hauling dock lines rope on dock cleats engine room telegraph customs man at desk disembarking bank on ship post office telephone operators stewards with bags suitcases cargo unloading in nets train to London leaves platform locomotive crew lines up for shore leave to get paychecks man hall of ship great lounge painting ship painters on scaffolds washing windows and scrubbing decks officers and crew inspection with lifejackets lifeboat practice filling tanks with fuel oil and water loading food and supplies chef reviewing menus with chief steward ships library projection booth with screening room ships gardener with flowers staterooms with beds train pulling into station with new passengers checking tickets staff onto ship kids in nursery baby in crib radio officer transmitter room telegraph orchestra bartender with cocktail shaker people at bar Captain Ford puts on hat abd goes to bridge engine room smokestack blowing horns
gangplank moves away tugboat pushes liner
RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner which sailed the Atlantic Ocean for Cunard Line (then the Cunard White Star Line) and contracted to carry Royal Mail. At the time of construction in the 1930s, she was known as Hull 552 by John Brown and Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Named in honour of Queen Elizabeth (who was Queen Consort at the time of her launch in 1938), she was the largest passenger liner ever built–-a record that was not exceeded for fifty-six years. She was a slightly larger ship with an improved design over her running mate, the Queen Mary. She first entered service as a troopship in the Second World War, and it was not until later that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner until her retirement in 1968. Together with the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth maintained a two-ship weekly transatlantic service from Southampton to Cherbourg to New York for over twenty years. Following a fire, she was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1975.
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