RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage

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This is the story of the Queen Mary’s final voyage from Southampton to Long Beach, California.

After 31 years in operation on the North Atlantic routes for Cunard, the famous liner was sold

in 1967. The Clydeside-built ship has now been a floating hotel in America longer than she was

in active service. Following her sale she embarked on an epic final voyage from the UK via Cape

Horn to Long Beach which is described by Captain Treasure Jones, his crew and passengers, as

the Queen Mary journeyed into new waters that she had never sailed in as a commercial liner.

This book also includes a brief history of the vessel, including her part in the Second World

War, and features over 200 photographs and interesting archive material and memorabilia, much

of it not previously published. Edited by Richard Tennant, Michael Gallagher and Miles Cowsill.

To view the acknowledgement pages of the book click on Acknowledgements

This book has now been reprinted in softback  – Hardback no longer available.

Additional information

Edited by

Michael Gallagher, Miles Cowsill, Richard Tennant


Softback, 21cm x 14.8cm





Publication Date

Late January 2018


Ferry Publications

7 reviews for RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage

  1. It is literally the best book about the ship I’ve ever seen & beautifully presented.
    It is superb & a great tribute to her & to John.
    So many good memories have come flooding back.
    My painting looks perfect too.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A really splendid book; 9.5/10.

    Good points:- excellent variety of views; terrific pictures; good technical detail; fascinating appendices; convenient size to hold.

    Not so good (losing half a mark):- my copy has two, half pages which are illegible; more spelling mistakes than might be expected.

    Well done to all concerned.

    • I have contact you privately about the illegible pages and sending a replacement.

  3. “This is a very comprehensive and interesting account of all aspects of her final voyage through unfamiliar waters, viewed from Captain, Officers, passengers and crew with a huge amount of photographs, many of which have never been seen before. I found this book to be a delight to read and thoroughly recommend it to all our members, particularly if you have fond memories of this icon of British shipbuilding, operated, maintained and for most of her life ‘The’ flagship of our British Merchant Navy. So sadly missed.

  4. .. a very readable yet detailed account of the famous liner’s last voyage to Long Beach in California. It’s a credit to the editors to bring together so much detailed material from so long ago, including fascinating accounts of various crew members and passengers.
    The book is well illustrated with fine resolution colour and b&w photographs …
    The latter pages of the book provide interesting data and information …

  5. Nicely done nostalgia for a Cunard ship’s heyday.
    Having set the scene in a forward and introduction, the editors tell the story of the voyage through extracts from sources including contemporary newspapers, passenger accounts and the memoire of the vessel’s last master, Captain John Treasure Jones.
    The anthology format works well, presenting the reader with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and the volume is packed with vibrant colour pictures.
    Overall a nice piece of work which should please Queen Mary’s many fans.

  6. This is an outstanding book commemorating the final voyage of a wonderful vessel in minute detail which makes fascinating reading and I would very highly recommend it to our readers.

  7. “Everything you wanted to know about the final voyage of the Queen Mary but were afraid to ask” pretty much sums up the content of this monumental anthology. If it has to do with the fabled Cunarder’s unprecedented Southampton to Long Beach valedictory trek, then you’ll find it in this volume’s 287 pages punctuated with innumerable photos. Use it as an encyclopaedia for the final trip to research some obscure fact or just sit with it for a fascinating read. This book serves either purpose equally well.
    Before we look at the vast substance of this beautiful compendium … on page 17 is a photo of the main lounge of the Queen Elizabeth … Deal with it a move on. The rest of this book is phenomenal…
    RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage contains selected extracts from seven astute eyewitness sources… That amounts to half of the pages. Next we come to the appendices which are as priceless as the narratives… This book just goes on and on – “epic” is an apt description.
    To make the book even more valuable are the many illustrations found throughout its pages… the highlights are the wonderful shots taken by the Long Beach City photographer Tom Witherspoon, who was on board the ship throughout this famous last passage. These images totally capture the allure of the vagabond journey, its wonder and excitement.
    True, the trip was not all fun and games. It was well known at the time that the sailing wouldn’t be a luxury cruise so much as a delivery voyage… These aspects are recorded in this book, and they played their parts in making the trip unforgettable in many aspects.
    This new chronicle is a magnificent and much-needed addition to the history of “the Stateliest Ship now in being.” Those words of King George V, spoken at the launch of the Queen Mary are as true today as they were pronounced at the shipyard on that occasion in 1934. This book is a worthy adjunct to that title.

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