|The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA|
When you hear the words "ocean liner" the classic image of a black and white hull fill most people's minds. Most famous ships were met with tragedy such as Lusitania or Titanic but there were plenty of other ships with rich histories that have survived even to this day. Such as RMS Queen Mary.
The Queen Mary was in service from 1936 until 1967 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. But why? What made this ship so special? We decided to visit the old girl and find out.
We then moved upstairs to the promenade deck which, compared to today's cruise ships, pales in comparison but at the time would have been top notch. Part of the ship is filled with large scale models of other ships that go into great detail to show how these ships are constructed. The Titanic model is cut in half to reveal the interior levels as they were constructed. You can actually see how the Grand Staircase led to the different floors and you can follow the corridors to individual state rooms throughout the ship. This was cool for my daughter because she, much like myself, has been fascinated with Titanic's story.
|Queen Mary's engine room|
Queen Mary was a favorite among Hollywood's elite back in the day. People like Walt Disney, Lou Costello, and even Elizabeth Taylor were known to sail aboard the Queen Mary. This history alone could make the ship special to some but what she's really known for was for her service during World War II. With the ability to carry thousands of troops and the quickness to avoid German U-boats, Queen Mary and her sister ship Queen Elizabeth were drafted into the war. Their luxury interiors were gutted and converted to carry the soldiers and the hulls were painted grey. This paint scheme helped to keep the ships invisible against the horizon and helped Queen Mary receive the nickname, the "Grey Ghost." In 1942 she set the record for the most people transported by ship with 16,683 (according to the sign hanging below deck) troops crammed into her frame. That remains a record to this day.
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