The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner

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The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner


Viewers in Scotland have been lucky recently, getting first dibs on some excellent documentaries that the rest of us are only seeing now. We’ve had Iain Stewart on Scotland’s first oil rush, the Highlands in all their natural glory, and now this nostalgic profile of what was once the finest ocean liner in the world.

Built at John Brown on Clydebank, the Queen Mary (whose maiden voyage kept the newsreels busy in 1936), was the ne plus ultra of modern liners. But it did sterling service in wartime, too, ferrying refugees, troops – and war brides. Plentiful archive footage and great reminiscences make one long for the golden days of Atlantic crossings…


Documentary exploring the history of the Clyde-built ship, from the maiden voyage in May 1936 to New York, and her 1939 role in the Battle of the Atlantic, to her current status as a floating luxury hotel and museum in Long Beach, California. Among the contributors are singer Johnny Mathis.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Johnny Mathis
Director Matthew Pinder
Editor Fiona MacDonald
Executive Producer Michael McAvoy
Producer Matthew Pinder