Queen Mary’s Final Dry Dock Visit

Queen Mary’s Final Dry Dock Visit

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A bittersweet moment: Queen Mary’s final dry dock visit.

In 1966 the great liner, which was running at something less than maximum efficiency, paid a last visit to Southampton’s George V Graving Dock.

This unique high-quality color newsreel film shows Queen Mary in the dry dock as her hull and screws are scraped and cleaned of barnacles, seaweed and mussels. Everything must happen in less than 48 hours if Queen Mary is leave on schedule for her westbound transatlantic crossing to New York.

The following year, Cunard Line sold Queen Mary to the city of Long Beach, California. This film shows a below-the-waterline view of Queen Mary we’re never likely to see again.

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