Farley Family photographs

Farley family, Whitestone, Long Island,
                          New York, early 1932.jpg
Farley family, Whitestone, Long Island, New York, early 1932.jpg

Jack Croasdaile on S.S. Berengania -
Jack Croasdaile on S.S. Berengania - 1934.jpg

"Whenever Cunard ships were here in NYC and about to depart they always held a formal dinner dance the night of departure. (Departure was almost always about 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning.) John would always invite Flo's family and friends to come. Flo was not always with him as she only accompanied him about every 2nd or 3rd year.  "
Source:  Michelle Wilson. 

This photo aboard S.S. Berengaria was taken April 21st 1934.  Jack served on this ship on three assignments (Cunard records); this was the second one, from 26th Feb 1934 and 23rd November 1934. 

Jack's final appointment to the Berengaria ended on 15th February 1938.  Its final voyage was from Southampton to Cherbourg to New York on 23rd February 1938.  On 3rd March 1938 after arrival in New York "a fire was discovered in the first class lounge. It took the ship's crew and firemen over 3 hours to bring the blaze under control. After officials had examined the ship it was decided that they could not give her clearance to embark passengers. The following day she sailed back to Southampton where it was discovered that faulty wiring had been the cause of the fire again."  On 23rd March the ship was withdrawn from service.

Below is a link showing the eventual break-up
on Tyneside of the Berengaria .

This photo aboard SS Majestic was taken on 26th Dec 1935 in New York.  Jack had spent Christmas Day with the Farley family.

Jack was appointed to Majestic from 13th Dec 1935 to  9th Jan 1936
(Cunard records).

Source:  Michelle Wilson.

Information on SS Majestic can be found here:  http://www.ocean-liners.com/ships/bismarck.asp

It looks (from this link http://www.gjenvick.com/HistoricalBrochures/Steamships-OceanLiners/WhiteStarLine/RMS-Majestic/1922/RestaurantsAndDinningSaloon.html#axzz2DbMqYAl8
that this photo was taken in the a la Carte restaurant

The Berengaria and Majestic were sister ships, obtained from Germany as war reparations. 
Link to crew list on Queen Mary -

Passenger List, R.M.S. Queen Mary, Cunard Line, July 1939, Southampton to New York

Third Class Passenger List for the R.M.S. Queen Mary, Cunard Line, Sailing on Wednesday, 12th July 1939 from Southampton via Cherbourg to New York, Commanded by Commodore R. B. Irving, O.B.E., R.D., R.N.R.

R.M.S. Queen Mary
Quadruple-Screw Turbine -- Gross Tonnage 81,235

List of Officers

  • Captain: Commodore R. B. Irving, O.B.E., R.D., R.N.R.
  • Staff Captain: A. Tyrer, R.D., R.N.R.
  • Chief Officer : J. L. Croasdaile, R.D., R.N.R.
  • Chief Engineer: H. W. Botting
  • Staff Chief Engineer: J Swanson
  • Purser: L. E. Carine
  • Staff Purser: R. Wadeson
  • Asst. Purser: D. W. Burns
  • Chief Steward: E. B. Pimbley
  • Chief Third Steward: G. Baker
  • Physician and Principal Medical Officer: G. A. Goolden
  • Surgeon: P. N. Walker-Taylor, F.R.C.S.