Cunard's White Star liner 'Queen Mary' under tow on the river Clyde, 1936.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Launched from Clydebank on 26 September 1934, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest liner ever built. She had accomodation for 776 first-clas, 784 tourist and 579 third-clas pasengers, together with 1101 officers and crew. She also won the Blue Riband of the Atlantic in 1936 and 1938, and served as a troopship in WWII.