RMS Queen Mary file photo [20050]

Queen Mary

CountryUnited Kingdom
BuilderJohn Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom
Laid Down1 Dec 1930
Launched26 Sep 1934
Decommissioned9 Dec 1967
Displacement81,961 tons standard
Length1019 feet
Beam118 feet
Draft39 feet
Machinery24 Yarrow boilers, 4 Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 shafts
Power Output160,000 shaft horsepower
Speed28 knots


ww2dbaseFor more information on RMS Queen Elizabeth, please see The Magnificent Queens by Alan Chanter.

Last Major Revision: Jan 2014

Queen Mary Interactive Map

Queen Mary Operational Timeline

3 Apr 1929 RMS Queen Mary was ordered.
1 Dec 1930 The keel of RMS Queen Mary was laid down by the John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom.
26 Sep 1934 RMS Queen Mary was launched at Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom. The Queen Mary would play a vital role in the war; transporting hundreds of thousands of Allied troops across the world's oceans.
27 May 1936 The transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary made her maiden voyage, departing from Southampton, England, United Kingdom. Converted into a troopship in World War II she would carry thousands of American troops across to Europe.
24 Aug 1936 The Cunard White Star liner RMS Queen Mary, arrived in New York, United States having made the Atlantic crossing in 4 days 27 minutes and taking the Blue Riband from the French liner Normandie.
20 Mar 1940 RMS Queen Mary departed New York, New York, United States.
17 Apr 1940 RMS Queen Mary arrived at Sydney, Australia.
26 Jun 1940 RMS Queen Mary, with 5,000 British troops aboard, set sail for the Middle East.
1 Jul 1940 HMS Cumberland joined Ocean Escort for military Convoy WS1 during passage to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (Note: WS1 comprised RMS Aquitania, RMS Mauretania and RMS Queen Mary taking troops to join 8th Army in EGYPT).
28 Mar 1942 RMS Queen Mary arrived at Sydney, Australia and disembarked 8,400 troops.
2 Oct 1942 The troopship Queen Mary collided with (and sank) one of her escorts, the light cruiser HMS Curacoa, off the Irish coast with the loss of 239 lives.
9 Dec 1967 RMS Queen Mary was retired from service.


RMS Queen Mary in the King George VI Graving Dock, Sembawang, Singapore, Aug 1940RMS Queen Mary (right), RMS Queen Elizabeth (left), and HMAS Sydney (foreground) off WilsonRMS Queen Mary at anchor, 1940sQueen Elizabeth and Vice Admiral J. A. G. Troup on the bridge of RMS Queen Mary on the River Clyde, Scotland, United Kingdom, 4 Jun 1942
See all 12 photographs of Queen Mary

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Jerry says:
17 Jan 2014 05:16:08 AM

Am I reading this right?
82,000 tons, 28 knots with only 16,000 shp??
There must be a zero missing on the horseposer.
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
17 Jan 2014 11:38:38 AM

Jerry, I have indeed made a typographical error, thank you! This has been corrected.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites

Queen Mary Photo Gallery
RMS Queen Mary in the King George VI Graving Dock, Sembawang, Singapore, Aug 1940
See all 12 photographs of Queen Mary

Famous WW2 Quote
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!