RMS Queen Elizabeth
RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. With her running mate Queen Mary, she provided luxury liner service between Southampton, UK and New York City, USA via Cherbourg, France.
With the decline in the popularity of the transatlantic route, both ships were replaced by Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969.
The Queen Elizabeth was eventually sold to a Hong Kong businessman who intended to convert the liner into a floating university cruise ship. Whist undergoing a refurbishment in Hong Kong harbour, she caught fire and capsized in January 1972. The wreck was then famously used as a covert headquarters for MI6 in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The liner had several links to Alfred Hitchcock:
- The Hitchcocks sailed to England in March 1948 to complete pre-production on Under Capricorn.
- In April 1949, the Hitchcocks sailed with writer Whitfield Cook to England to begin production on Stage Fright. They arrived into Southampton on May 3rd.
- The Hitchcocks travelled to England in June 1956 aboard the Queen Elizabeth to begin a research trip for Flamingo Feather, arriving into Southampton on June 18th. On their return journey they were joined by Hitchcock's sister Nellie, departing from Southampton on July 26th and arriving into New York on August 1st. Also aboard for the return journey were Herbert Coleman and C.O. "Doc" Erickson.
British Pathé footage of Hitchcock arriving in Southampton in 1948
Notes & References
- Variety (1948) - Pictures: Hitchcock London-Bound
- See passenger list
- Variety (1956) - Pictures: Hitchy Back From Africa
- See passenger list.