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The Queen Mary

An informative piece about the Queen Mary ship.

Alyssa Barraza

on 10 December 2012

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The Queen Mary THE CREATIVE YEARS: 1929-1935 THE GLAMOUR YEARS: 1936-1943 THE WAR YEARS: 1939-1946 THE GOLDEN YEARS: 1949-1958 THE FINAL YEARS AT SEA: 1962-1966 THE LONG BEACH YEARS: 1967-PRESENT THE BEGINNING: GHOSTS AND LEGENDS: VISITING: The Queen Mary 's construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland Legend has it that she was going to be named 'Queen Victoria' but when they went to the king for approval, he decided that it would be named after his wife; Queen Mary On May 27, 1937, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England She included:
5 dining areas and lounges
2 cocktail bars and swimming pools
A squash court
A small hospital
and much more... The rich and famous considered her the only civilized way to travel She represented the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style She was the grandest ocean liner in the world for three years She carried Hollywood celebrities such as Bob hope and royalty such as the Duke and Duchess of windsor She even set a new speed record that she held for 14 years In the September of 1939, the Queen Mary docked in New York, and would not carry civilian passengers for many years to come WWII: As World War II started, the Queen Mary was transformed into a troopship She was painted a camouflaged grey color and no longer had her luxurious features, giving her the nickname 'Grey Ghost' The Queen Mary was capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots, making her the largest and fastest troopship to ever sail At the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month process to bring her back to her original glory On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary was again a spectacular ship that carried passengers across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades THE LAST GREAT CRUISE: When air travel became popular, it helped signal the end for the Queen Mary On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary began her final trip to Long Beach, California, arriving on December 9, 1967 By 1965, the Cunard fleet decided they would retire and sell the Queen Mary The Cunard Line begins to discuss plans to build two new ships to replace the Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengaria Not affected by the great deppression, the building of the Queen Mary becomes a groundbreaking technological achievement. With the plan of ultimate luxury, the Queen Mary became popular with British Royalty, Hollywood celebrities, raising the bar for luxury travel and ultimately becoming the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s days as a passenger ocean liner appear over when England and France declare war on Germany Because of her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary was transformed to serve as a troopship during World War II After the Queen Mary finished the 10-month process, she was back to her original glory With her military duty over, the Queen Mary reclaims her place as a world-class ocean liner The 1960s were the start of the end of the Queen Mary With the rise of popularity in air travel, ocean liners were slowly becoming less popular The luxury and sensibilities of the Queen Mary seemed outdated in a modern world interested in new space exploration To officially retire from ocean travel, the Queen's captains make a decision to sell the Queen Mary The Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach, California where she would serve as a living landmark, popular attraction, event venue and hotel With such a varied and intriguing past it’s not surprising that the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine Besides the normal ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship's engine room, a "lady in white," and children who drowned in the ship's pool THE GHOSTS AND LEGENDS TOUR: Find out why the Queen Mary is known as “the haunted ship” in this interactive, special effects adventure Explore the old boiler room where sweltering heat and tight quarters were a recipe for disaster Visit the place that left few survivors; the old First-Class swimming pool where swimmers are regularly spotted despite the fact the pool has no water The Ghosts & Legends Show is sure to leave you asking the question, “If it wasn’t a ghost, what was it?” making more believers daily In 1966, 18-year-old engineer John Pedder was crushed by a watertight door in the engine room during a fire drill, and his ghost is said to haunt the ship One of the most haunted spots of the ship is Cabin B340, which is no longer rented out due to the extreme paranormal activity, which is believed to be the result of the murder of an 8 year old girl At the Queen Mary, you can: Take a tour Stay in one of the hotel rooms Have a party in the banquet rooms Plan a wedding Go to one of the many resturaunts and there's even a spa! There are many tours including: Go to an exhibit The ghosts and legends tour
Her finest hour: WWI tour
Scorpion tour
and a self guided tour! Recources: http://www.queenmary.com/our-story/timeline.php
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