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Ship Photographer Revisits Legendary Stars Aboard Queen Mary 2

September 6, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 was paid a special visit on Monday by 89-year-old Richard (“Dick”) Dawson, a ship-based photographer who captured several legendary luminaries who sailed during Cunard’s golden age of ocean travel — including Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and General Viscount Montgomery.

Ship photographer Dick Dawson poses in front of an image of Elizabeth Taylor whom he captured during one of the legendary film star’s many travels aboard Cunard Line. The image is also shown on Dawson’s iPad while he recently toured  the interactive “Stars Aboard” exhibit featured on flagship Queen Mary 2.

Dick Dawson

In 1949, Dawson joined the original Queen Mary as one of the photographers with Ocean Pictures.  Many of these classic black-and-white images are dramatically displayed aboard Queen Mary 2 in “Stars Aboard,” a unique, self-guided exhibit which Dawson toured during his recent visit.

When Dawson photographed Elizabeth Taylor in May 1950, she was travelling on her honeymoon with hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.  Dawson recalled thinking at the time that the marriage would never last!

All these years later, a Cunard Transatlantic Crossing is still an extraordinary ocean voyage experience.  A Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2, now approaching her tenth year of service, offers extensive on board amenities and activities in addition to “Stars Aboard,” including sumptuous dining; the award-winning Cunard Insights enrichment programme; the only planetarium at sea; white-gloved afternoon tea service or a Royal Nights themed ball in the magnificent Queens Room; a performance or workshop by members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; 8,000 volumes in the largest library at sea; or luxurious spa services in the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea.

For more information or to book a voyage aboard flagship Queen Mary 2, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit

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