BY R. T. CLAUS
BETWEEN 1935 AND THE BEGINNING of the Second World War two great ships of nearly identical size competed for “The
Blue Riband.” When completed in 1935 the Normandie of the CGT, at the time the world’s largest liner, weighed in at 79,280
gross tons. On her maiden voyage she captured the speed record with a westbound crossing from Bishop Rock to Ambrose Light
at a speed of 29.98 knots. The following year Cunard-White Star placed Queen Mary into service and on her maiden voyage
the Queen Mary at 81,237 gt snatched the record at 30.14 knots.