Renowned Maritime Author John Maxtone-Graham Celebrates 80th Birthday aboard Queen Mary 2

31 July 2009 – Renowned maritime author and historian John Maxtone-Graham celebrated his 80th birthday aboard Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in New York yesterday. Surrounded by family and close friends, Maxtone-Graham was toasted by fellow maritime aficionado Bill Miller and received congratulatory sentiments from Cunard’s new President Peter Shanks in a letter read aloud during the special luncheon event.

“We at Cunard find it most fitting to fete you aboard the world’s grandest ocean liner as you have diligently and passionately kept alive the history and legacy of ocean travel throughout the years. Your invaluable contributions enrich all of us who work in the cruise industry, and we are grateful for the unique and prominent place you hold in the maritime arena,” Shanks wrote. “Over the years we have been proud to have you witness many of our famous events and ship namings. It is appropriate that today Cunard Line is equally proud to be at such a celebratory occasion of yours,” he added.

John Maxtone-Graham is a best-selling author of numerous books that serve to preserve the legacy and history of ocean liners and maritime heritage. In 2007, he became one of only five recipients awarded the Silver Riband, a rare honour bestowed on those who have dedicated themselves to this worthy endeavor. Having taken approximately 300 voyages, he is a frequent speaker aboard several cruise lines and spends about seven months a year at sea with his wife, Mary.

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