Queen Elizabeth, Commodore’s Report Final TransatlanticItem Number: 71100 Sold
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Cunard’s official report from Commodore Geoffery T. Marr regarding the Queen Elizabeth’s last round-trip Atlantic crossing. The info it contains is fascinating. One example is that the ship was not able to maintain her usual high speeds due to deferred maintenance and “poor quality oil”. Another is that one of the ship’s stabilizers was put out of action. Everything is covered in professional detail including defaulters, crew trouble, discussions of the chairman’s message to the crew (I assume about being able to transfer to QE2), and discussions with representatives about those who were being laid off. A burial at sea is described as well as the night life, the passenger load, and the parties for the withdrawal of the ship. The report is hand signed by Commodore Marr. Also included is an inventory of everything swiped by “souvenir hunters.” The missing items run to well over 1,000 pieces! This comes to us straight from the collection of Ron T. Johnson, Cunard’s New York manager.