(February 22, 2002) -- The Queen Mary is repainting its three smokestacks to their historical color: "Cunard Red."
The job will be completed around the week of March 11, a company release said.
"Cunard Red" dates back to the 1830s, when shipping engineers had to resort to a mixture of bright ochre and buttermilk instead of conventional paint which bubbled off due to the high heat.
The ochre/buttermilk mixture stayed on by "cooking" onto the stacksm and the resulting orange/red color (with a black band and black lines) became Cunard's identifying mark.
Long after paint manufacurers figured out how to delete buttermilk from the formula (before the QM was launched), the traditional color remained.
Photos above provided by Queen Mary.