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RMS Queen Elizabeth - History and Ephemera Collection

The RMS Queen Elizabeth, Current Running Mate of the Queen Mary, in Cunard's Primary Transatlantic Service.

The RMS Queen Elizabeth, Current Running Mate of the Queen Mary, in Cunard's Primary Transatlantic Service. Ocean Liners of the 20th Century, 1963. GGA Image ID # 1d579a9f05

Queen Elizabeth (1940) Cunard Line

Built by John Brown & Co., Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 83,673. Dimensions, 987'x 118' (1,031' o.l.). Quadruple-screw, 31 knots. Steam turbines. 160,000 s.h.p. Two masts and two funnels. Keel laid on December 4,1936. Launched, September 27, 1938. Note: Largest ship built to date. Promenade deck 724 feet long. Her funnels are 70 feet high from deck level. Maiden Voyage: Commenced her first sailing from the Clyde, bound for New York, February 27, 1940. Her secret sailing was under British Government regulations, so as to lessen the danger of being sunk by the Nazi. WW2 Service: Throughout World War II she served as a very valuable troopship, completing the long period of duty in March 1946. Post WW2: Reconditioned for passenger service. Passengers: 850 first, 720 cabin, 744 tourist. Commenced her first regular Southampton-New York voyage, October 16, 1946, making the crossing in four days, 16 hours, 18 minutes. This was not a record breaking passage, and not surpassing the time of her running mate, the Queen Mary but on this occasion no special effort was made to accomplish that feat. The liner is equipped with two sets of stabilizers. Passenger accommodation in 1960: 800 first, 650 cabin, 700 third. Running mate: Queen Mary.

Ephemera for the RMS Queen Elizabeth are available at the GG Archives, including Passenger Lists, Menus, Brochures, Event Programs, and more.

Front Cover of a Cabin Class Passenger List from the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line, Departing 7 May 1952 from New York to Southampton via Cherbourg

 

Front Cover of 1949 Brochure on Tourist Class Accommodations on Cunard White Star Ships.

Cunard White Star Tourist Class on the "Big Four" - 1949

This 1949 booklet is your gangplank. Step aboard and see for yourself the spacious public rooms and tasteful cabins wherein relaxation and recreation are the rules of the day. Tourist Class on the "Big Four" of the Cunard White Star Line -- Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Mauretania, and Britannic.

 

Front Cover, RMS Queen Elizabeth Dinner Bill of Fare - 14 June 1953

1949-08-28 RMS Queen Elizabeth Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Sunday, 28 August 1949 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard White Star Line featured Fried Filet of Sole, Anglaise, Roast Chicken, Chipolata Sauce, and Plum Pudding, Sweet Sauce for dessert.

1949-08-29 RMS Queen Elizabeth Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 29 August 1949 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Corned Brisket of Beef and Vegetables, Vienna Steak, Tomato Sauce, and Ice Cream for dessert.

1952-05-11 RMS Queen Elizabeth Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 11 May 1952 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Poached Halibut, Marguery, Braised American Ham, Madeire, and Pears Belle Hélène for dessert. Autographs from felow passengers were included.

1952-06-18 RMS Queen Elizabeth Dinner Menu

Extensive Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Wednesday, 18 June 1952 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Bitock à la Russe , Rack of Lamb. Mascotte, and Soufflé Mercédès for dessert.

1952-06-19 RMS Queen Elizabeth Breakfast Menu Card

Vintage Breakfast Bill of Fare Card from 19 June 1952 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured a large selection of breakfast fare including Fried Lemon Sole au Citron, Eggs en Cocotte à la Crème, and Broiled American and Danish Bacon.

1953-06-12 RMS Queen Elizabeth Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 12 June 1953 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Fresh Haddock, Dugléré, Pork Sausage, Devilled Sauce, and Apple Pie for dessert.

1953-06-14 RMS Queen Elizabeth Luncheon Menu

Vintage Luncheon Bill of Fare from 14 June 1953 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Fried Fillet of Flounder and Lemon, Filet Steak, Bordelaise, and Plum Pie for dessert.

1953-06-14 RMS Queen Elizabeth Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Bill of Fare from Sunday, 14 June 1953 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Risotto à la Grecque, Calf’s Feet en Tortue, and Blueberry Sundae for dessert.

1953-06-15 RMS Queen Elizabeth Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from 15 June 1953 on board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line featured Vol au Vent à la Reine, Baked Cloved Ham, Marsala, and Pineapple Royale for dessert. Autographs of fellow passengers accompany this Menu.

Front Cover, Today's Program of Events for Tuesday, 30 August 1949 on Board the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard White Star.

1949-08-30 Program of Today's Events - RMS Queen Elizabeth

Program of Social and Sporting events onboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard White Star Line for Tuesday, 30 August 1949. Today's activities included movies, concerts, Rotary meeting, children's tea party, horse racing, cocktail hour, BBC newscast, dancing, and community sing-a-long.

 

Front Cover, Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (2004)

 

Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth

In paying tribute to the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, maritime authority William Miller describes their heralded debuts; magnificent lounges, staterooms, and other amenities; maritime rivalry; and contributions during World War II, among other subjects. Their royal successors—the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2—are also covered, as are the Berengaria, Mauretania, Lusitania, and a host of other splendid ships.

 

Ephemera contained in the GG Archives collection represent the souvenirs provided to the passengers of each voyage. Many of these souvenir ephemeral items have disappeared over the years.

Our selection varies considerably by ship, and likely contains only a sampling of what was originally produced and printed by the steamship lines.

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