Travelling Cunard Style in the 1940/50s
The Queen Elizabeth

On arrival you were
taken to your cabin -
note the formal suits
being worn!


The Lounge was the
centre of social life -
here can be seen the use
of wood which was her final
downfall when fire broke
out in 1972.

See ashtray to left and matchs below

Meals were a pleasure
Dancing away the nights!
Cunard China

These pictures came from a promotional brochure
for the Queen Elizabeth

RMS Queen Elizabeth
Year Built / Last Refurbished: 1940
Length / Tonnage: 1,031 / 83,637
Number of Cabins / Passengers: 761 / 2,283
Officers / Crew: British / International

Launched on 27 September 1938 Her maiden voyage ended on 7 March 1940 with a surprise arrival in New York harbor where he captain was told that she was to be turned into a troop ship..

On 21 March 1940 she received her orders and proceeded to Singapore and then Sydney to meet her future running mate RMS Queen Mary. After conversion to a troopship she too spend the remainder of the war moving troops around the world. On most voyages she carried between 13,000 and 15,000 troops.

She was released from war duty in March 1946 and and underwent an extensive refit. Her maiden passenger voyage was in October of the same year and she then began a 20-year career of transatlantic crossings. She cruised some during the 1960s but since she was never designed for such trips they never proved profitable. When losses finally became too great she was retired in September 1967.

On 5 April 1968 she was sold to a group of businessmen headed by Mr. C. Y. Tung and renamed Seawise University. The plan was to convert her to a floating university and work was almost complete when a fire broke in January 1972 and she burned and capsized in Hong Kong harbor. She was a total loss and was broken up on the spot.

As the Seawise University
Photograph courtesy of

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