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'Queen Mary' trials in Scotland

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Unique ID:19431
Description:Ship worker talks about 'Queen Mary's sea trials in Scotland.
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Date:Unknown
Copyright:Southampton City Council
Partner:SCC Oral History Unit
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And we did the trials, at the Isle of Aran while I was there .... and ah …..

 

Question:             Were you on board then?

 

Yes, we had the trials before we arrived at Southampton.

 

Question:             What was that like?

 

Well, we did this basic mile and I happened to be looking out one of the portholes, and there was an engineer with a stopwatch and so I said to him, I said, 'how fast did she go then?' because you could tell she was going ever so fast when she was going, and he reckoned that in the ordinary miles that was some ... somewhere around 60 miles an hour but he said it in knots, you know, but she was really going. And then of course they had the stability trials which was, you know, how fast she could stop and how big a turn she could take, but the Admiralty was on board as well and they was watching, you know, what she do.   While it is not known at the time that she had gun emplacements and all sorts of things like that on which had been put on in preparation for the war.

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