Ocean Liner

Queen Elizabeth docking in New York, 1956

Queen Elizabeth docking in New York, 1956

In this photo, we see the RMS Queen Elizabeth docking in New York Harbor in 1956.  The Queen Elizabeth was an luxury ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. Her career ran from her launch on September 27, 1938 until her retirement in 1969, when she was replaced by the Queen Elizabeth II.

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RMS Queen Mary, 1958

RMS Queen Mary, 1958

RMS Queen Mary, outbound from New York Harbor, with fireboat spraying water alongside, 1958.  Mary was the flag ship of the Cunard line from her maiden voyage in 1936 until 1945 when her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, supplanted her in that role.  She had been outfitted for troop transport during World War II, but following the war, she and Elizabeth dominated the transatlantic passenger trade.  At the time of this photo in 1958, the first transatlantic jet flight had just taken place, and the end of the golden age of ocean liners had come.

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