Maritime Monday – Sailing on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 1948


Above is the 1UK Incoming Passenger List for my grandfather, Oscar Rowan Lindsay. My grandpa and his mother, Edith Basham Lindsay traveled to England on the Queen Elizabeth in 1948. They arrived on 4th May, spent a month there and came back to America on the 7th Jun.

This is a little 2history about the RMS Queen Elizabeth:

Operator: Cunard White Star Line
Built by: John Brown & Co., Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland.
Length: 1,019 ft (310.7 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36.0 m)
Tonnage: 83,673
Engines: Steam turbines. 160,000 s.h.p. Two masts and two funnels.
Service Speed:  31 knots
Passenger Limit: 2,314

Keel laid on December 4, 1936. Launched, September 27, 1938. Note: Largest ship built to date. Promenade deck 724 feet long. Her funnels are 70 feet high from deck level. Commenced her first sailing from the Clyde, bound for New York, February 27, 1940. Her secret sailing was under British Government regulations, so as to lessen the danger of being sunk by the Nazi. Throughout World War II she served as a very valuable troop ship, completing the long period of duty in March 1946. Reconditioned for passenger service. Passengers: 850 first, 720 cabin, 744 tourist. Commenced her first regular Southampton-New York voyage, October 16, 1946, making the crossing in four days, 16 hours, 18 minutes. This was not a record-breaking passage, and not surpassing the time of her running mate, the Queen Mary, but on this occasion no special effort was made to accomplish that feat. The liner is equipped with two sets of stabilizers. Passenger accommodation in 1960: 800 first, 650 cabin, 700 third. Running mate: Queen Mary.
Length: 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m)
Beam: 118 ft (36.0 m)
Tonnage: 83,673
Engines: Steam turbines. 160,000 s.h.p. Two masts and two funnels.
Service Speed:  28.5 knots
Passenger Limit: 2,314

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

1Ancestry.com. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces.

2Ancestry.com. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Various maritime reference sources.

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