RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage

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Description

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

Format

Softback, 21cm x 14.8cm

ISBN

9781911268185

Pages

292

Publication Date

Late January 2018

Publisher

Ferry Publications

9 reviews for RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage

  1. Ken Vard

    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

    sponraswonks (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.

    • Ferry Publications

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

  3. Review by John Rix, the editor of the magazine ‘Full Ahead’ of the Merchant Navy Association.

    “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. Extract from a review by Kenneth Wilson for Sea Breezes October 2017 book review. Book of the Month

    .. 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. Extract from a review by Andrew Linington for the Telegraph of Nautilus International, November 2017.

    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. Extract from a review by Nigel Lawrence for Shipping Today and Yesterday, December 2017.

    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. Extracts from a review by William A. Fox for the magazine ‘Power Ships’ of the Steam Ships Historical Society of America, Winter 2018

    “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 and 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.

  8. Missoula woodworker

    A treasure trove of information and stories about RMS Queen Mary and her last great cruise.
    This is perhaps the most complete compilation of history regarding this magnificent vessel beginning with her early days through the final voyage from Southampton England around Cape Horn to her final berth in Long Beach, California. Excerpts from passengers recount the joys and sorrows of that trip, including illness, heat, rough seas, but also the joys of being aboard such a luxurious and stately ship for a forty-one day adventure. Even the Captain’s log appears along with facts and figures regarding the stores necessary to provide meals and amenities for those aboard. Illustrations abound in color and black and white, some provided by those passengers who had lovingly treasured them for fifty years. Designed to be a commemorative book celebrating those years, this book is a triumph for its editors, but will be enjoyed by anyone who loves the sea and the great ships that sailed upon them.

  9. Extracts from a review by Paul Ridgeway for the magazine ‘Flash’, the Trinity House journal, Spring 2018.

    Profusely illustrated this tells of RMS Queen Mary’s final voyage to Long Beach via Cape Horn.
    Her delivery voyage was commanded by Captain John Treasure Jones whose reminiscences of that voyage are extracted here in making the termination of an illustrious career.
    In addition to the introduction and Capt Treasure Jones’s contribution, seven chapters tell the history of the vessel and features over 200 photographs with valuable archive material. The Finale, Epilogue and the final 100 pages bring together valuable appendices of subsidiary information.

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