Telegraph & Argus Monday, 25 May 1936:

Using his personal aeroplane for the second time since his accession, King Edward had flown from Windsor to Eastleigh, Hampshire, for the first stage of his visit to the giant liner Queen Mary, just before her maiden voyage to New York. It was on this occasion that the Royal visitors were met by Bradford born Sir Edgar Britten, captain of the Queen Mary. Leaving the area at the age of six, he was one of the few skippers who sailed with a master’s certificate in sail and steam. At the time of the announcement of his appointment as commander of the great Cunard-White Star liner in 1935 a “Telegraph and Argus” reporter spent two or three hours in his old neighbourhood, endeavouring to trace anyone who remembered the lad.

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