The Creative Years
1929 The Seeds Are Planted
April 3, 1929
At Cunard Line's annual meeting, Chairman Sir Thomas Royden makes the first official announcement that "the question of new tonnage is one constantly in our minds." The Cunard Line begins plans to design a new pair of super ocean liners to replace the Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengaria on their North Atlantic route.
May 28, 1930
Cunard Line announces that John Brown & Company, LTD., of Clydebank, Scotland, had been selected as builder of the new liner.
December 1, 1930
First keel plate is laid for job #534 (which was eventually named the Queen Mary) at John Brown Shipyard.
1931 The Great Depression Hits
June 30, 1931
Work begins on the new Southampton dry dock, to be known as the King George V Graving Dock.
December 11, 1931
Work halts on Job #534 because of the Great Depression and an inability to secure further bank loans. The hull plating is 80% completed and the ship stands nine stories high.