This Day In History
This Day In History
Friday, June 5, 2020


January 12, 2004

The world
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage. The ship was named by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 after the first RMS Queen Mary, completed in 1936. Queen Mary was in turn named after Mary of Teck, consort of King George V. With the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 from active duty in 2008, Queen Mary 2 is currently the only transatlantic ocean liner in operation as a liner (in scheduled service between Southampton and New York ), although the ship is often used for cruising, including an annual world cruise.
Queen Mary 2, ocean liner, ship

November 25, 1120

The «White Ship» sinks...
The «White Ship» sinks in the English Channel. The White Ship was a vessel that sank in the English Channel near the Normandy coast off Barfleur. Only one of those aboard survived.Those who drowned included William Adelin, the only surviving legitimate son and heir of King Henry I of England. William Adelin's death led to a succession crisis and a period of civil war in England known as The Anarchy.
White Ship, ship, shipwreck

February 25, 1933

The USS Ranger is...
The USS Ranger is launched. USS Ranger (CV-4) was the first ship of the United States Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier. Ranger was a relatively small ship, closer in size and displacement to the first U.S. carrier—Langley—than later ships. An island superstructure was not included in the original design, but was added after completion. Of the eight pre-war U.S. aircraft carriers CV-1 through CV-8, Ranger was one of only three to survive the entirety of World War II, the others being Enterprise and Saratoga. Unlike the others, however, she was initially deemed too slow for use with the Pacific Fleet's carrier task forces, and so most of her wartime service was spent in the Atlantic Ocean.
aircraft carrier, ship, United States Navy
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