The last time a ship called Queen Mary was heard sounding her horn in Southampton was in 1967 when she sailed her last voyage to Long Beach, California. It must have been 1967 when I moved to a village called Fair Oak with my wife and baby daughter. Fair Oak was just 10 miles or so from Southampton and as we lay in bed we could hear the huge blast of her horn as she sailed on the midnight tide to New York.
The new Queen Mary 2 has been fitted with the original horn so she will be heard with the same voice as she enters and leaves port for years to come. Not to be heard by us, of course. We left for the westcountry in 1970.