The Queen Mary is a ship that was launched in 1934 and made her maiden voyage in 1936. She was named to honour Queen Mary who lived from May 26, 1867, to March 24, 1953, and was the wife of King George V who lived from June 3, 1865, to January 20, 1936.
The RMS Queen Mary was built, owned and operated by the Cunard Line. She was predominately used to cross the North Atlantic Ocean between Southampton and New York.
Early History of the Queen Mary
The RMS Queen Mary was a passenger liner at the beginning of her life and with the outbreak of World War II in 1939 she was outfitted as a troop carrier. The Queen Mary ferried allied troops across the Atlantic throughout the war she set many records and even participated in the D-Day Invasion. In 1946 she made 13 crossings that carried 22,000 war brides and their children to their new lives in Canada and the United States.
In 1947, the Queen Mary was refitted once again and returned to her life as a passenger carrier. She made weekly crossings once again between New York and Southampton and continued to do so until 1960. By that time airplanes were the preferred mode of transportation across the Atlantic. The Cunard Line tried taking The Queen Mary on cruises down to hotter climates such as the Canary Islands and the Bahamas but she was not meant for that. The Queen Mary did not have air conditioning or outside pools for passengers to enjoy and was eventually withdrawn from service in 1967.
The Queen Mary was purchased by the City of Long Beach, California in 1967 and she has been moored there ever since. The Queen Mary is now the home of restaurants, a museum, and a hotel.
Is the Queen Mary Haunted?
Some people think that the Queen Mary is haunted by at least 150 spirits. The public is welcomed on haunted tours that allow in-depth access to many “out of bounds” areas of the ship.
What Has Been Seen and Heard?
One of the Staterooms is said to be haunted by the spirit of someone who was murdered within the room. The Queen Mary did have at least 49 deaths reported to have occurred onboard her. Two of the most infamous deaths occurred in the engine room when on different occasions Door 13 crushed men to death. The last time Door 13 took a life was in 1966 when a young 18-year-old man with a beard was crushed to death. It is said that the spirit of the young bearded man is still seen wandering the shaft alley before disappearing near Door 13.
The swimming pool areas on the first and second class level have been unused for decades but the spirits seem to enjoy the area. The spirits of women dressed in 1930’s style swim gear are still being seen. One is referred to as “the Lady in White.” The sounds of voices, laughter, and splashing have been heard and wet footprints will appear on the pool deck leading to the change room area. It has also been reported that the spirit of a young girl holding a teddy bear has been seen hanging around the pool area as well.
The second class pool area is home to the spirit of a young girl named Jackie, who has been seen and heard speaking and laughing. There are many reports of people feeling drastic changes in temperature and smelling aromas from the bygone days.
The Salon houses a beautiful young lady that likes to dance in the corner of the room. A tall dark-haired man dressed in a 1930’s style suit has been noticed walking the hallways. The third class playroom contains the sounds of a crying baby and people claim that the water will begin running and the lights will come on by themselves in the middle of the night.
All of these reports are a bit unsettling but they also help to ensure that the Queen Mary will remain a popular tourist attraction for years to come.
I know it is on my Haunted Bucket List.
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