As a teenage crew member aboard The Queen Mary, arguably the world’s most beloved cruise ship, Dave Wooders encountered all types of passengers – even those who had passed on! In their new book, Adventures on the Queen Mary, Wooders and Radford give an insider’s account of the spectral inhabitants aboard the ship, and the stories behind the untimely demises that led them to become a part of the Queen Mary’s history forever.
Some additional topics covered in this new memoir, brimming with interesting historical facts and first-hand accounts, include:
- The lifestyles of the rich and famous who traveled aboard – from movie stars to Olympic athletes and captains of industry
- Honoring the Queen Mary’s war service – especially her significant role in WWII
- The ways in which the Queen Mary embraced religious and ethnic diversity of her passengers that was well ahead of its time
- How the Queen Mary came to rest in her final home of Long Beach, California
About The Authors:
As a kid in the early 1970s, James Radford became infatuated with the Queen Mary after seeing the ship in the classic disaster movie “The Poseidon Adventure”. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University with a B.A. in Communications, Radford moved to Los Angeles, CA, where his love affair took a step forward with the serendipitous docking of the Queen Mary in nearby Long Beach. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Radford has appeared in a variety of commercials and been a consultant for 20th Century Fox’s 2006 special edition DVD release of “The Poseidon Adventure”. In addition to his newest offering, Adventures on the Queen Mary, co-created with David Wooders, Radford is also the author of the children’s book The ABCs of the Queen Mary, which has been available on board the Queen Mary since 2004. This past summer, Radford experienced the voyage of a lifetime – sailing two back-to-back, trans-Atlantic crossings on the Queen Mary II with noted maritime collector, Johnathan Quayle.
Growing up in Southampton, England, Dave Wooders was always enamored with the ocean liners he saw pulling in and out of port. In 1957, shortly after turning 16, he left school to begin work as a bellboy on the famous ocean liner Queen Mary. After Wooders finished his last contract with Cunard, he went on to work as a paramedic for the next thirty years and then spent the following decade as a medic instructor at the Hampshire Police Training College. Wooders currently resides in Southampton with his wife, Beryl, where he still enjoys telling people about his unforgettable time at sea aboard the Queen Mary.