Michael H. Standart
I may give it a looksee sometime, though not tonight. I've a strange shift tomorrow and have to get to bed early.
The anecdote has been rattling around Cunard Line for decades, with plenty of debate as to its veracity. It concerns how the original Queen Mary got its name.
Cunard's ships had always been distinguished by the "ia" at the end of their names â‚¬" Mauretania, Lusitania, Carpathia. In 1934, speculation ran rampant that the next ship would be christened Victoria, the first in the line to be named after British royalty.
Ken Behrmann, a ship's officer and occasional tour guide on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, relates the tale: "The director (of Cunard White Star) went to King George V and said, 'We'd like to name the ship after the most gracious queen England has ever known.' And George V said, 'My wife will be pleased.'"
And thus, supposedly, the grandest ocean liner of its day came to be named not for a monarch who presided over a sweeping empire but for the obscure consort of a king.
"Some people swear it's true," said Behrmann. "Others say of course not."
One of the world's most luxurious ocean liners arrived on its first tour of Australian waters today.
Cunard's Queen Victoria sailed into Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay early this morning and berthed at Station Pier in Port Melbourne.
Cunard two ocean liners Queen Victoria and QE2 will both call at Sydney, Australia, this weekend. The Royal Rendezvous follows just one year the meeting of QE2 and Queen Mary 2 in the city.