John Treasure Jones was born in 1905 in Haverfordwest, Wales, one of eight children of a hay merchant. He first went to sea in 1921 aged 16, on a tramp steamer. He joined the White Star Line in 1929 and the Cunard - White Star line in 1936. He served in the Royal Navy during World War Two, and was on board the Laurentic when the ship was torpedoed. He spent four hours on a raft before being picked up. He ended the war with the rank of captain. He rejoined Cunard in 1947 and went on to command the Sylvania, the Saxonia, the Carinthia, the Mauretania and the Queen Elizabeth before he took command of the Queen Mary. He presided over the last voyages of three famous ships: the Mauretania, the Saxonia and in 1967 he took the Queen Mary on her final voyage to Long Beach, California. He retired to live in Chandlers Ford in 1968 and died there in 1993.

John Treasure Jones

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Undated photograph

Further reading:

Southampton People, by John Edgar Mann, p90-91. (HS/t)
Tramp to Queen: the Autobiography of Captain John Treasure Jones, by Richard J Tennant (ed) (maritime B/TRE)
RMS Queen Mary – The Final Voyage, eds. Richard Tennant, Michael Gallagher and Miles Cowsill.


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