TS 'Queen Mary' stranded off Southampton, 3 November 1960.
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A team of divers working in fast-flowing tide succeeded in freeing the Queen Mary from a three inch wire wound round one of her four propeller shafts. Built at Clydebank for Cunard White Star Ltd in 1936, the Queen Mary had accommodation on a luxurious scale for 776 first-class, 784 tourist and 579 third-class passengers, with 1101 officers and crew. This view from the midships to the bow shows first-class, officers' and crew accommodation, bridge, sports deck, car deck, and the ship's boilers and holds. She won the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing 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.