Category Archives: 3. Turbulent Times: 1930 – 1950

Queen Elizabeth

RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line and was contracted to carry Royal Mail as the second half of a two-ship weekly express service between Southampton and New York City via Cherbourg. She first entered service in February 1940 as a troopship in the Second World War, and it was not until October 1946 that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner. Together with Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth maintained a two ship weekly transatlantic service from Southampton to New York for over twenty years. With the decline in the popularity of these routes, both ships were replaced by RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969.

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Caronia (1948)

After World War II, the Cunard White Star Line operated three ships on the Southampton—New York run. The famous RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth operated an express service, with the smaller and slower RMS Mauretania sailing as the third ship on the route. Already in 1946 the company placed an order for a running mate to the Mauretania, a ship of similar speed and proportions for the transatlantic run. Ultimately this was not to be the role of the new ship. Continue reading Caronia (1948)


In the early 30’s, Americas was in the throes of the Depression and work was desperately needed for the morale of the country. In 1937, a contract to build 500 ships within the next 10 years was to have a profound effect on the economy and morale of the US. Finally, the American port of Newport News, Virginia, would be able to compete with the more traditional shipyards in the UK. On August 22, 1938, the keel of the largest Ocean Liner to be built in the US was laid. Continue reading America