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barney65 08-20-2010 12:50 AM

My wife's grandmother travelled to the USA on the Queen Elizabeth in 1948. We are emigrating to the USA on the QM2 in about 8 weeks, and while clearing out we found menus, concert lists, a postcard, and passenger lists from that classic liner. We donated them to Cunard as they are history. I love the history of liners and how they are built etc! I must have the ocean in my blood.

Cruise Fanatic 08-20-2010 05:50 AM

That was very generous of you. It must have been hard giving up such wonderful items. It's great you wanted to preserve the history. I wish more people would.

barney65 08-20-2010 06:23 AM

It was an easy decision. I hope they put the items on the new Queem Elizabeth. They make very interesting reading. I just love the history and the mystique of the ocean liners.

LisaP 08-22-2010 06:34 AM

Nice to meet you, Barney. Welcome to cruise-chat, from another ocean liner aficionado.

That was so kind and generous of you to donate your family's mementos from "Lizzie" to Cunard. I was just telling my Mom yesterday (regarding something else) that she should look into donating years of photos taken inside a once vibrant building that is about to be torn down. Better to give them to a historical society than to sit in a box in her garage.

Back to Lizzie... I have a close friend who spent a large part of her childhood crossing the oceans on liners with her parents, and Lizzie was her favorite. This would have been a little later than when your wife's grandmother was onboard. I love hearing her stories about Lizzie and the other liners on which she sailed.

My family and I did a westbound crossing on Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2003. It was fantastic. There's nothing like leaving the world behind for a few days, not just forgetting what day it is, but what year it is!

barney65 08-22-2010 07:09 AM

Hi Lisa!

It is quite exciting to find such historical artifacts and to donate them. It would be nice if they were on the new Queen Elizabeth. I have always been interested in the history of these ships, though we have never been on a cruise. It was my wife who suggested we use to Queen Mary 2 to emigrate to the USA. I think it is very apt as quite a lot of immigrants in the past used to go by liner. It is all very exciting. Have you been on a liner and what is it like?

LisaP 08-29-2010 08:54 AM


Have you been on a liner and what is it like?
I have, although all had been converted to cruise ships by then. This includes SS Seabreeze, SS Oceanbreeze, Regal Empress, and - the grand dame - SS Norway. I also stayed a couple of nights in the Queen Mary hotel, and visited SS Rotterdam (V) as a child, yet those don't quite count.

My only true liner experience was a Southampton-New York crossing on QE2 in 2003. It was amazing. I wrote a review on one of our affiliated sites, located here.

AlexLuther 10-17-2011 05:26 AM

Yes its really a wise decision taken by you to donate the artifacts. Such artifacts are really not easy to find and donating them is a very wise decision.

LisaP 10-17-2011 05:04 PM

Barney, I was onboard Queen Elizabeth recently and took the attached photograph. Do you recognize anything in this display case?

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