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On 26th September 1934 the first of the Cunard liners known as the `Queens`,the Queen Mary was launched by Queen Mary, wife of King George V. She was built by John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank. 975 feet long and with a gross tonnage of 80,774 tons, building started in 1931. Her maiden voyage, on the Southampton-Cherbourg-New York route, was on 27 May 1936. With a speed of over 30 knots, she quickly won the `Blue Ribbon` as the fastest ship crossing the Atlantic, with 2,000 passengers. She was used as a troopship during WW2 - her first voyage in this new role was to take 5,000 Australian troops from Sydney, Australia to Scotland. Read more