RMS Queen Elizabeth Maximum Card
Queen Elizabeth, 1940
Built by John Brown on the Clyde and launched on 27 September 1938 by Queen Elizabeth, later The Queen Mother, the Queen Elizabeth was the largest ship in the world, at 83,673 registered tons and 1,031 feet in length. The ship was requisitioned by the government in March 1940 and began carrying troops, first from Australia and then, as Allied forces were built up for the D-Day invasion of France, from America to Great Britain – a total of 750,000 troops over half a million miles. In the first months of peace, the Queen Elizabeth returned troops to North America and took GI brides to their new homes. It was not until 21 October 1946 that she arrived in New York carrying 823 first-class, 662 cabin-class and 798 third-class passengers, a task that she performed regularly until 1968.
Postcard - J Arthur Dixon, Newport, IW, England
Stamp - RMS Queen Elizabeth
Postmark - RMS Queen Elizabeth, 75th Anniversary, Clydebank, Scotland