RMS QUEEN MARY Regal & Retired


The story of the world’s last surviving 1930s superliner; one of the most significant ships in world maritime history. An RTS award winning documentary.

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Built by the famous John Brown yard on the River Clyde in Scotland, RMS Queen Mary was one of the largest and fastest passenger liners in the world when she entered service in 1936. During an ocean-going career that spanned 31 years the ship set umpteen records and made 1001 North Atlantic crossings. In the Second World War Queen Mary was converted to troop-carrier and carried nearly a million troops. In peacetime the ship was a favourite liner of royalty and the rich and famous yet carried immigrants from Europe on third-class one-way tickets to new lives in the USA.

Queen Mary was retired from service in 1967 and was purchased by the city of Long Beach in California where she has remained ever since as an attraction and floating hotel. She is now the last remaining 1930s superliner anywhere in the world.

This documentary tells the story of one of the most significant ships in world history and includes original interviews with former passengers (including the maiden voyage) and former officers and crew, as well as war veterans and others who have played a part in the ship’s rich history. The film includes restored archive film to bring the story to life, including some very recently rediscovered footage, and features the wonderful exterior and interior of the ship as she is today. This is a significantly extended version of a film made for broadcast for BBC Television which won the coveted Royal Television Society Award for Best Popular Factual Programme.

The ‘golden age’ of glamorous Atlantic travel has disappeared but Queen Mary lives on as an important treasure of world maritime history and a tangible link with the past.

Written and Narrated by David Ellery, award winning film-maker and author of RMS Queen Mary The World’s Favourite Liner (Pen and Sword Books) Link and RMS Queen Mary 101 Questions and Answers (Bloomsbury) Link

Please note: This film is available in both PAL (UK format) and NTSC (North America and other regions). Unless otherwise requested the format appropriate to the region where the order is being received will be sent.

Duration approximately 47 minutes. This programme is also available to stream on-demand Click Here to Stream