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Queen Mary Ocean Liner, suspended

R.M.S. Queen Mary at the John Brown shipyard, December 1931. Work on the ship, then known as Cunard No. 534, had been suspended on 13th December 1931 as Cunard had run out of funds. The project was only revived in 1934, after the merger of Cunard and White Star Line, with a substantial British government loan.
December 1931

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A Glimpse into Maritime History: R.M.S. Queen Mary at the John Brown Shipyard, December 1931 This evocative photograph captures the R.M.S. Queen Mary, suspended in the John Brown shipyard on the Clyde in Scotland, during a pivotal moment in maritime history. The year was 1931, and the global economic downturn of the Great Depression had taken its toll on Cunard Line, the esteemed shipping company overseeing the construction of this grand ocean liner. Work on the ship, then known as Cunard No. 534, had been halted on the 13th of December 1931, as Cunard had run out of funds. The project, which was intended to be a symbol of British maritime prowess and luxury, was on the brink of cancellation. The hull of the vessel, partially complete, looms large in the foreground, a testament to the industry's determination to see it through. However, the story of the R.M.S. Queen Mary did not end there. The project was revived in 1934, following the merger of Cunard and White Star Line, and with a substantial British government loan. The ship was completed and launched in 1936, becoming an iconic symbol of the steamship era and a beacon of hope during the financially challenging times of the 1930s. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the shipbuilding industry and the determination of those involved in bringing the R.M.S. Queen Mary to life. Suspended in the shipyard, the vessel may have appeared still, but the events that unfolded would shape the course of maritime history for years to come.

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