Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936. P. G. Wodehouse Winston S. Churchill, Agatha Christie.
Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936
Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936
Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936
Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936

Queen of the Seas in The Strand Magazine, May 1936

London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1936. First edition. Periodical. This May, 1936 issue of The Strand Magazine (Vol. XCI, No. 545) contains the first publication of Winston Churchill’s essay “Queen of the Seas” about the legendary ocean liner the Queen Mary. When the Queen Mary launched her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 she represented both the might of Britain’s naval powers and its sophistication in craft and luxury. Churchill, who wrote about her here upon the occasion of her maiden voyage, could not know the important role the ship he was writing about would play for him just a half decade hence. Her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland. Despite the economic constraints of the Great Depression, which stalled construction on the ship for several years, Cunard Line spared no expense on building the Queen Mary. When she was finally launched, King George V said of her: "Today we come to the happy task of sending on her way the stateliest ship now in being. It has been the nation’s will that she should be completed, and today we can send her forth no longer a number on the books, but a ship with a name in the world, alive with beauty, energy and strength! May her life among great waters spread friendship among the nations!" On 27 May 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. In this May 1936 article about her, Churchill gives a history of the planning and building of the great ship as a British response to increases in continental ship building after WWI. He goes on to describe the powerful ship and its well-appointed accommodations, concluding that the Queen Mary represents “the epitome of Britain.” During WWII the Queen Mary would serve a different purpose. Much of the liner’s luxuries were stripped to make way for practical uses such as the transatlantic transportation of troops, and supplies. And on several occasions Queen Mary transported Prime Minister Churchill himself, travelling as “Colonel Warden” on the ship’s manifest for security. General Ismay recalled the onboard accommodations: “The Queen Mary was a most convenient and comfortable workshop. We were all under one roof, and each had our own offices. There were ample conference rooms, and the reproduction and circulation of papers went forward with the same methodical precision as in London. We received the usual stream of telegrams, and the Prime Minister’s Map Room, in charge of the indefatigable [Capt. Richard] Pim, was kept as up to date as its counterpart in Great George Street.” (Churchill Goes to War: Winston’s Wartime Journeys) Today, Queen Mary is moored in Long Beach, California, as an attraction, hotel, and venue for special events. Also featured in this issue are the Agatha Christie short story “Poirot and the Triangle at Rhodes” and the P.G. Wodehouse short story “Farewell to Legs”. Churchill’s article, prominently advertised with a colorful illustration of its subject filling the front cover, spans pages 42-53 and is generously illustrated by photographs of the ship. This magazine is in good plus condition, particularly considering the inherent fragility of the format. The covers are bright, clean, complete, and firmly attached, with only minor wear to the extremities and a crease to the lower front corner. The spine is legible with some wear overall and small areas of loss to the blank paper at the head and foot. The contents are complete, clean, and bright with no markings or spotting. This essay would be later included in Collected Essays, Vol. IV at pages 327-34. Bibliographic reference: Cohen C493, Woods C299. Item #005035

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