{"id":1055199297583,"title":"QE2: 1969 - Commodore's retirement souvenir \u0026 controversy","handle":"qe2-1969-commodores-retirement-souvenir-controversy","description":"\u003cp\u003eCunard Line:  In 1997 Cunard planned a big fete around the retirement of Commodore John Burton-Hall.  It turned into a controversy.  Here is a collection of souvenirs, invites, letters, and articles about the event from the Der Scutt Collection. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe neatest item is a commemorative ornament featuring the QE2, crossed American and United Kingdom flags, a crown, and the Commodore’s name and dates of service (1966-1997), all covered in 24k gold.  The 4” long ornament comes in a special gift box along with an enclosed booklet describing Burton-Hall’s career. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn addition there is a fancy engraved invitation, program guide for the October 26, 1997 event, and a flurry of letters.  Oh dear, what a mess!  Walter Cronkite was signed on as an honored speaker.  But when he found out that event planners were charging $500 a person to attend, he indignantly pulled out.  Cronkite sent out a letter, included here, to attendees expressing his dismay.  A clipping from the New York Post describes the ruckus.  Organizers eventually refunded everyone’s $500 and Mr. Scutt’s refund letter is included.  Also included is a letter from Cunard mentioning the event and that captains Roland Hasell and Ronald Warwick had taken over command of the QE2 in October. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA five-page description of the dinner writen by Der Scutt fills in the details.  He provides a glowing description of the food and festivities.  But he also touches upon an embarrassing and little-known incident.  “When Cunard learned that Mrs. Burton-Hill was slipping invitations for the gala dinner under cabin doors on one of the last crossings,” wrote Scutt, “a Cunard VP boarded QE2 and informed the Commodore that his wife would be banned from the last crossing, whereupon the Captain said, ‘I will not go without her.’  He was immediately told, ‘You are relieved of your command; 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QE2: 1969 - Commodore's retirement souvenir & controversy

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Cunard Line:  In 1997 Cunard planned a big fete around the retirement of Commodore John Burton-Hall.  It turned into a controversy.  Here is a collection of souvenirs, invites, letters, and articles about the event from the Der Scutt Collection. 

The neatest item is a commemorative ornament featuring the QE2, crossed American and United Kingdom flags, a crown, and the Commodore’s name and dates of service (1966-1997), all covered in 24k gold.  The 4” long ornament comes in a special gift box along with an enclosed booklet describing Burton-Hall’s career. 

In addition there is a fancy engraved invitation, program guide for the October 26, 1997 event, and a flurry of letters.  Oh dear, what a mess!  Walter Cronkite was signed on as an honored speaker.  But when he found out that event planners were charging $500 a person to attend, he indignantly pulled out.  Cronkite sent out a letter, included here, to attendees expressing his dismay.  A clipping from the New York Post describes the ruckus.  Organizers eventually refunded everyone’s $500 and Mr. Scutt’s refund letter is included.  Also included is a letter from Cunard mentioning the event and that captains Roland Hasell and Ronald Warwick had taken over command of the QE2 in October. 

A five-page description of the dinner writen by Der Scutt fills in the details.  He provides a glowing description of the food and festivities.  But he also touches upon an embarrassing and little-known incident.  “When Cunard learned that Mrs. Burton-Hill was slipping invitations for the gala dinner under cabin doors on one of the last crossings,” wrote Scutt, “a Cunard VP boarded QE2 and informed the Commodore that his wife would be banned from the last crossing, whereupon the Captain said, ‘I will not go without her.’  He was immediately told, ‘You are relieved of your command; Captain Warwick is on his way.’  A said ending to an illustrious career.”  

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