High Tea on the Cunard Queens: A Light-Hearted Look at Life at Sea (Paperback)

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This amusing insight into Cunard’s legendary liners begins more than 50 years ago when the author joined the original Queen Mary as an entertainments officer, when a part of the job was "bumbling" the passengers while keeping a wary eye out for professional gamblers criss-crossing the Atlantic, and there was bingo and dance bands, novelty dancing and fancy-dress parades, and a primitive disco with a monster jukebox. Paul Curtis recounts the stories of the ships, the antics of passengers and crews, and much more besides. His stories include the time Yehudi Menuhin refused to play for the passengers, but played for the crew instead; finding Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and evangelist Billy Graham among the bingo players; and being called to deal with two amorous passengers making use of the grand piano in the first class lounge. Just turning these pages releases a sniff of the sea and a whiff of champagne. This frank and funny account mixes Cunard history with personal anecdote and vividly reveals how passenger and crew life have changed over the years across the Cunard liners.

About the Author

Paul Curtis went to sea at 18 and worked as a ship photographer aboard 10 different passenger ships, before being appointed cabin class entertainment officer aboard the Queen Mary. When the Queens were sold off he moved to New York, then Australia, and worked as a photographer, journalist, magazine publisher and finally Chief Operating Officer for the Imaging and Digital Entertainment Association (IDEA). He has three awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography: Hon Life Member, Hon Fellowship and the McCarthy Award for an exceptional long contribution to professional photography. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780750990554
ISBN-10: 0750990554
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2019
Pages: 184

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