... Queen & Quebec
In October 1968, I was ten years of age and
the adventure which had begun two years earlier was coming to an end.
In October 1966 we emigrated to Canada to start a new life.
We left Southampton docks
on the Cunard ship Arcadia and five of us shared a small cabin class room,
two sets of bunk beds and a cot for my 6 month old sister.
We settled in Pointe Claire, Montreal, Quebec.
The following year we moved to Mexico City
following the death of Papacito, my grandfather.
My grandfather was French but longtime Mexican resident.
He moved to Mexico as a young man and was latterly
the General Manager of the very swish department store
We left Mexico and flew to New York,
where we stayed for a few days in the now long gone Hotel Manhattan,
in downtown Manhattan, New York.
A few days later we embarked the Cunard ship RMS Queen Elizabeth,
a much grander ship I had never seen.
First class Verandah grill
A fabulous adventure for young children, I recall watching many films in one of the several cinemas, my brother aged 4 and I exploring the ship. One day we went down some stairs and down and down until we found a swimming pool, but were asked by a steward to leave, I remember feeling very mischievous.
I also ran down a stairway straight into a wall and my nose bled for ages and until it was cauterized twice in '75 -when I was at school in New York state- I often suffered 1-2 hour nose bleeds.
First class Lounge
I remember the trip vividly, especially the last morning when we sailed sedately up the St. Lawrence river in the early hours and which has already been described beautifully here.
On this journey we travelled first class in a 'stateroom', which consisted of adjoining rooms.
My room was shared with Mutti, an elderly lady who was a family friend.
I remember the furniture was covered with green frilly floral upholstery, curtains and bedding.
I remember thinking it was very grand.
Mum & Dad dressed to kill for Captain's Cocktails
1968 Final Voyage RMS Queen Elizabeth
New York/ Southampton
This is also very topical as today the liner HMS Queen Elizabeth II began it's final voyage also!
RMS Queen Elizabeth
The world's largest liner 1939-96