Construction of the TS 'Queen Mary', Clydebank, Scotland, 1936.
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Built at Clydebank for the Cunard White Star Company, the Queen Mary had accommodation on a luxurious scale for 776 first-clas, 784 tourist and 579 third-clas pasengers, served by 1101 officers and crew. This view from the midships to the bow shows the first-clas, officers' and crew accommodation, the bridge, sports deck, car deck, and the ship's boilers and holds. She won the Blue Riband for the fastest crosing of the Atlantic in 1936 and 1938, taking only 3 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes on the latter attempt (a mean speed of 31.7 knots), and served as a troopship in World War II.