Fraud Blocker Skip to main content

Queen Mary Ocean Liner crisis stops work

Queen Mary Ocean Liner crisis stops work


Framed Photos
Photo Prints
Jigsaw Puzzles
Poster Prints
Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Metal Prints
Cards
Home Decor


We accept all major credit cards

Mary Evans Prints Online

Wall Art and Photo Gifts from Mary Evans Picture Library

Queen Mary Ocean Liner crisis stops work

Tragedy comes to Clydeside. On 10th December 1931, almost exactly a year after signing of the contract for the construction of Hull Number 534, know as Queen Mary Ocean Liner, the board of the Cunard Company wrote to the shareholders notifying them that the directors have reluctantly decided that it is necessary to suspend the construction of the vessel pending some changes in prospects. The Cunard Company tried to secure financial backing from banks and business, with unsuccess. Finally obtaining a loan from the British Government, in 1934, one condition was that Cunard would merge with the White Star Line, Hull Number 552 which became Queen Elizabeth, Cunards chief British rival at the time and also had been forced by the depression to cancel construction on its Oceanic. Date: 1931

Mary Evans Picture Library makes available wonderful images created for people to enjoy over the centuries

Media ID 14178563

© Mary Evans Picture Library

Backing Build Cancel Clydebank Clydeside Completion Constructing Cunard Depression Docks Dockyard Financial Halted Loan Money Oceanic Poor Shipbuilding Shipyard Steamliner Steamliners Steamship Steamships Stopped Suspended Unemployment Yard Jobless Liner


EDITORS COMMENTS
Tragedy Strikes Clydeside: The Suspension of Queen Mary Ocean Liner Construction in 1931 This evocative photograph captures the desolate scene of the Clydebank shipyard in Scotland, where the construction of the Queen Mary Ocean Liner came to a halt on 10th December 1931. The Cunard Company, a pioneer in ocean liner transportation, had signed the contract for Hull Number 534, known as Queen Mary, just a year prior. However, the Great Depression had taken a heavy toll on the shipping industry, and the company was unable to secure the necessary financial backing to complete the vessel. The board of directors reluctantly suspended the construction, leaving thousands of workers, many of whom were already struggling to make ends meet, without jobs. The once bustling shipyard was now a symbol of the economic hardship that had gripped the region. The Cunard Company's efforts to secure a loan from banks and businesses were unsuccessful. The British Government eventually intervened, providing a loan in 1934 on the condition that Cunard would merge with its British rival, the White Star Line, and its Hull Number 552, which became the Queen Elizabeth. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of the economic downturn, with families and communities left to bear the brunt of the unemployment and poverty that followed. The shipbuilding industry, a major source of employment in Clydeside, was particularly hard hit, leaving many men jobless and uncertain about their future. The Queen Mary Ocean Liner, a symbol of hope and progress, was now a reminder of the harsh realities of the 1930s. The image of the deserted shipyard stands as a testament to the resilience of the workers and the determination of the industry to weather the storm and eventually emerge stronger.

MADE IN AUSTRALIA
Safe Shipping with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

FREE PERSONALISATION*
We are proud to offer a range of customisation features including Personalised Captions, Color Filters and Picture Zoom Tools

SECURE PAYMENTS
We happily accept a wide range of payment options so you can pay for the things you need in the way that is most convenient for you

* Options may vary by product and licensing agreement. Zoomed Pictures can be adjusted in the Cart.



redeem
Beautiful Photo Prints and Gifts
image
Professionally Printed
thumb_up
Professional quality finish
diamond
Made with high-grade materials
inventory_2
Carefully packed to aid safe arrival



Related Images


Stupas at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
Stupas at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
A Steeplechase, Another Hedge (oil on canvas)
A Steeplechase, Another Hedge (oil on canvas)
Reflections in water in the early morning of the temple of Angkor Wat at Siem Reap
Reflections in water in the early morning of the temple of Angkor Wat at Siem Reap
Portrait of a holy man at the annual Hindu pilgrimage
Portrait of a holy man at the annual Hindu pilgrimage
The Investiture of Narse by the goddess Anahit at Naqsh-e-Rustam
The Investiture of Narse by the goddess Anahit at Naqsh-e-Rustam
The old Block House
The old Block House
Jaguarundi - hunting at night Guyana, South America
Jaguarundi - hunting at night Guyana, South America
East Bornean Proboscis Monkey
East Bornean Proboscis Monkey
Treyarnon arancia inshore rescue boat
Treyarnon arancia inshore rescue boat
Whole Earth at night, satellite image
Whole Earth at night, satellite image
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, from the Upper Lake
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, from the Upper Lake
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbriocota), swimming over coral reef with underwater photographer in background, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands, Caribbean
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbriocota), swimming over coral reef with underwater photographer in background, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands, Caribbean

+

Shipping

+

Choices

+

Reviews

+

Guaranteed