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Ghosts of the Queen Mary Ship

 

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California 
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On the Queen Mary

My family and I were touring the ship. When we reached B-Deck, we turned into the starboard passageway heading aft toward the main staircase. All of us felt the presence of someone following us. When we turned to check, no one was ever there. We stopped moving between cabin B 316 and B 324. Suddenly, my mother stumbled back against the wall and was out of breath; she grew very pale. When we asked what was wrong, she said she had just seen the figure of a woman gliding over her right shoulder. She said the woman seemed to disappear in mid flight, right into the wall.

One of the largest passenger liners ever built, the Queen Mary made over 1,000 crossings. During World War II, it was given the name, "Grey Ghost" when it was camouflage painted, its portholes blacked out and it began military transport.  Servicing the war effort, it traveled more than 600,000 miles and carried over 800,000 troops. One historic journey to New York in May of 1943 included passenger Winston Churchill and 5,000 German prisoners of war.  See California Ghost Hauntings

 

Queen Mary ship contains (4) 40,000 hp turbine steam engines, travels 13 feet to the gallon, has 4 propellers weighing 35 tons each, a 140 ton rudder and weighs 81,234 tons. In its glory days, it carried 1957 passengers serviced by a crew of 1174. 

 

The Queen cost the city about $3.5 million to purchase, stands 140 feet tall, over 1000 feet long and 145 feet wide. It offers tours, a hotel, shops and restaurants but is also used in movies and television productions. While rumored to have ghosts, guests say that simply adds to the charm of an historic (though not very seaworthy) ship. If you've seen the movie, Titanic, see a real survivor, Queen Mary.

 

HOTEL: You can stay aboard the Queen Mary in authentic period rooms for overnight stay.  What a way to celebrate!  We offer internet pricing and immediate reservation confirmation for your adventure. 

Things to do: Stay overnight, shop, dine and take a self-guided tour through the bridge, officers' quarters, engine rooms and upper decks.  A guided tour includes additional areas not open to the general public.   A fireworks display is presented Saturday evenings in the Summer.  Dinner shows with live entertainment, special events and a cruise ship port adjacent to the Queen Mary Hotel and ship make this an opportunity for overnight accommodations before you exciting West Coast cruise through Southern California and Baja Mexico.

 

Carnival Cruise Lines ships offer  3 day cruises to Ensenada, Mexico; 4 Day Baja Mexico cruises to Catalina Island, CA and Ensenada, Mexico; 7 day Mexican Riviera cruises to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. www.carnival.com Call: (800) 438-6744


Queen Mary has been docked in the Long Beach Harbor for over 30 years. During this time, it has featured Jacques Cousteau's "Living Sea" Museum, Howard Hughes Spruce Goose flying boat next door in the dome, Titanic traveling exhibit, Treasures of the Last Russian Emperor and Scorpion Russian submarine. Docked at the bow of the Queen Mary for several years, the previously top secret Foxtrot class sub is open for tours. 

Long said to have its own resident ghosts, visitors to the Queen Mary have reported many sightings over the years, including wet footprints near a dry indoor pool, and visits by long-departed crew members.

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