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It was an absolute pleasure not only to see the Queen Mary on our recent trip to Long Beach, California, but to go aboard was like a dream sequence.  The picture above was taken at approximately 6:00 p.m.; I couldn’t wait to walk those halls! Oh, I must say that the photos are much better when you click on them to enlarge the detail!

This incredible passenger ocean liner was built in Clydebank, Scotland in the 1930’s.  Her maiden voyage as a luxury vessel was in 1936 from Southampton, UK, to New York.  The Queen Mary was known for her speed as well as her beauty.  Dignitaries, royalty, and the Hollywood set took great pleasure in adorning the ship’s cabins and decks.

When WWII and its bleak days blanketed the world, the Queen Mary was retrofitted as a troopship, carrying approximately 15,000 soldiers into the depths of war.

After WWII, the magnificent vessel was retrofitted once again to provide luxury travel for her adoring upper-crust crowd.  However, in the 1960’s, travelers began to turn the tide, as it were, and focus on air travel for their worldly adventures.

In 1967, the Queen Mary made her last voyage and settled into Long Beach life as a fascinating landmark.  The ship is still equipped with staterooms and restaurants, providing a floating hotel of remarkable and historical significance.

Now that I’ve bent your ear a bit regarding the history of my new-found friend, I’ll turn to our own experiences aboard the “Grey Ghost”, as she was called during WWII.

As we approached the Queen Mary, I could feel the excitement building.  Knowing a tiny bit about its history made the visit all the more thrilling!  What tales she would have to tell!  I took the above photo at approximately 8:00 p.m.  I apologize for being unable to get the entire ship in view! She’s too grand for that!

Security is very tight on the Queen Mary.  I like that, as it is such a massive vessel that one could get lost if left to one’s own devices.  The idea of being a stowaway wouldn’t get you too far though since she’s not moved in over 45 years!

The fact that the Queen Mary is stunning was a bonus beyond words.  So much of the ship has been preserved and/or maintained that you could swear it was 1938 or thereabouts.  As we walked along the various decks, I could not help but feel the grandeur and wondered aloud if this is what it felt like to be a passenger all those decades ago.

The next photo was taken in a hallway approaching one of the numerous restaurants on board.  Note the slatted, wooden floor!

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This photo was taken on one of the decks where the cabins are located.  There are numerous decks and I seem to recall each having its own reception area! How posh indeed!

Queen Mary reception desk

This photo was taken of a shop that was unfortunately closed when we were visiting the Queen Mary.  The windows are laden with artifacts from the Queen Mary during her heyday.  Can you see the unbelievable woodwork?  It was breathtaking.

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This next picture was also taken in an area with shops and windows with displays of Queen Mary memorabilia.

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The following photo is a hallway of one of the cabin/stateroom areas:

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This photo is of a room we were not able to get into; however, it seems to be a lovely display of old artifacts containing a piano, a telephone, and a microphone with a stand.  I am wondering if this is used in some way to broadcast radio programs.  I attempted to find out more, but could not seem to obtain anything concrete.  If I do, I’ll be certain to let you know!

***Addendum – I received a wonderful email back from Jennifer of Passenger Services at the Queen Mary who provided me with the following information about this room:

This room was the First class Music and Rehearsal Room.  The room was used by the Queen Mary’s first class passengers to rehearse music, speeches, or presentations.  Many of the famous passengers (Bob Hope and Liberace to name two) did utilize this room, and they also performed as on-board entertainment for other passengers.  Jennifer also noted that despite the fact the furnishings in the room are original to the Queen Mary, they were not originally located in the room.  On another deck was a baby grand piano; this piano was the original piano that was used in this room.  Because of how small the room is and how large the piano is, there was no room for any other furniture.  Thank you again, Jennifer for clarifying this information!

Radio Room Queen Mary

I could most certainly write a volume’s worth of information about the Queen Mary and its fascinating past.  I shall leave it at that for now, and hopefully tantalizing you with the next “LA/Long Beach” post!  We’ll take a little journey to Hollywood, where the stars shine not only on stage, but on the illustrious “Walk of Fame”! Do stay tuned, please!

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48 thoughts on “The Queen Mary – What a Marvelous Maiden!!

  1. longandluxe says:

    WOW!!!! I love ships – they are haunting and I get chills just typing this comment. How lovely of you to grace us with photos and a guided personal tour!! Thank you so much for taking the time, I can totally feel your excitement 🙂

    The Queen Mary seems to have a heart and soul. What a blessing to experience!

    Thank you so my dear. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday evening xoxo

    Allison

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, dear Allison! You are completely correct; and the Queen Mary is no exception. She’s a haunted beauty! And yes, she has her own vibe and feeling; it is amazing and truth be told, I cannot wait to get back to Long Beach and do a lot more exploring aboard the Queen Mary! I too hope you have a peaceful Sunday evening, and I always appreciate you stopping by! Your energy is marvelous! Big hugs, Cher xo

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      1. longandluxe says:

        Loving your new photo!!! Rock it out!! 🙂 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you so much, Allison! That is extremely nice of you to say! I know my usual photo is very serious, and I am always laughing, so I thought okay, perhaps I should ‘switch it up’, as it were, to a photo my husband took when we were in Long Beach! I was so excited to get on the ship that my smile spoke volumes! Thank you for your thoughtfulness always! big hugs, Cher xo

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  2. Sandi Dowling says:

    Once again, you have done a wonderful job of describing the Queen Mary……one can almost imagine taking a trip back in time and being a member of the upper echelon, strolling the decks, enjoying the fresh sea air!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Sandi my dear!! Wish you could have been there with us! It was intoxicating to think that royalty, famous folks et al were once waltzing their way to dinner, perhaps a sherry after dining, or simply strolling about! I love your description!! Ah, can’t you just feel it? Big hugs, Cher xo

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  3. What a marvelous maiden indeed! That hallway pic really helps one imagine the vastness of her size. And the woodwork is incredible! Too bad that store was closed (they are missing out on the evening tours) although you likely found other nice shops on your trip. Thanks for sharing, and the photos are gorgeous. So nice to click and see them larger. Hugs, and cheers to the beautiful Queen! xo Gina

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, my friend! It was amazing and actually all the stores were closed when we were aboard. It was disappointing but understandable. I cannot wait to get back there!!!! Big hugs and yes, cheers to the queen and her beauty!!!!! Cher xo

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  4. Wonderful description of the “Queen,” Cher. Enjoyed reading of your experience and impressions, as usual. MY, MY, what a lovely new photo!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Carol! It was just incredible to walk the halls and ‘feel’ the history all around us. I was in such a joyful mood the entire time! Oh, *LOL* thank you regarding the pic! My hubby took it just before we went to the ship; I was thinking, gee, I need a pic to show what I like to do all the time: LAUGH! Thank you, dear Carol! Hugs, Cher xo

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  5. Joseph Nebus says:

    You know, I kind of like the idea of being a stowaway on a ship that doesn’t go anywhere. It feels like something you might get in a lightly comic story, or something that’s perfect for reading in high school as it introduces people to symbolism or irony or something like that.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Joseph, I quite like your idea! It would certainly lend itself well to exploring a multitude of options for learning (and fun!) Thank you! Cher xo

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  6. Michelle Oram says:

    Thanks for posting those wonderful pictures and sharing your story. Looks beautiful. Can’t wait to hear about the Walk of Fame. We spent hours there when we were in Hollywood. I think we inspected every star! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Our Michelle! It was surreal! I kept picturing the Queen Mary sailing across the Atlantic while passengers ate foods that I’ve never even heard of and drank tons of champagne! *LOL* Amazing. Oh yes, that will be the next post! But you know, someone kept looking up at the architecture of buildings, and I kept looking down at the Walk of Fame! *LOL* Not a good combo for avoiding the crowds! We didn’t inspect every star, but we did take a few pics here and there! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  7. Mavadelo says:

    Reblogged this on The WordPress Blogatorium and commented:
    reblogged from https://www.facebook.com/groups/332290193580349/ With the compliments of the Mod Squad 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Mod Squad! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  8. Don says:

    Thanks for the tour Cher. Absolutely magnificent. Kind of transports you back to those great liners where the journey was a holiday in itself.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, dear Don! Truly, your words resonate with me, as that is precisely how I was feeling while walking the halls of this royal beauty. I cannot wait to get back and explore some more! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful taste of the Golden Age of Glamour on board the Queen Mary. I grew up in Glasgow and she’s still remembered very fondly there too. Looks amazing!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Veronica! We certainly did and I feel so much gratitude that the Queen Mary has managed to uphold her integrity; it’s a gem and a fascinating piece of history, to be sure. I cannot even fathom 15,000 troops aboard the decks! It’s overwhelming! Ah, you grew up in Scotland! Scotland is my heritage, so I have a very close connection with it! Perhaps that is why I felt such an affiliation with the Queen Mary! Big hugs, Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh it really is! If you ever get a chance, it is worth the visit to Long Beach! Amazing ‘floating history’! Thank you!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  10. Terrific pictures

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh thank you so much! It was such a cool experience and I cannot wait to get back on that ship! 🙂 Hugs, Cher xo

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  11. BenRogersWPG says:

    Great post!! Lovely photos!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, Ben! She is a beauty of a ship! Hugs, Cher xo

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  12. annetbell says:

    I have a dear friend who sailed from NY to Europe and loved it. I think it would be magical. Thanks !

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you for your comments! I think it would be magical, wouldn’t it? Ah, I can just feel that salty, ocean breeze now! Hugs, Cher xo

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  13. Kavi says:

    Sounds like you’re having a great trip so far! I’ve never seen the interior of the Queen Mary, just the exterior – I visited friends in Long Beach and we went to a beer festival at a ship-side park. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hey Kavi! Thanks so much for your comments! We are actually back in CHItown now (how about our weather; meh!! – *LOL*). The Queen Mary is quite something, isn’t she? Oh, if you get the chance, please check out the ship’s interior! My photos are only a tiny speck of her beauty! Yes, apparently they have a lot of festivals near the ship! I wish I was there right now! 🙂

      Hugs, Cher xo

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  14. Bonnie says:

    So funny, just this very morning while getting coffee, someone suggested I make time to see/tour the Queen Mary. I guess so!! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      And the little coincidences continue! *grin* Bonnie, please take a tour if you have time. It’s wonderful and guaranteed to transport you back in time if even for a small amount of time!

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      1. Bonnie says:

        I will definitely take a tour now, I am a WWII history person and so learning that from your post sold me! Will be looking that up before the day is out, I go next week!

        Great synchronicity!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Yeay!! Bonnie, to think there were 15,000 troops aboard this amazing ship will no doubt is mind-blowing. If there is anything else I can help you with regarding the area, please let me know! We were there for a week and became quite well acquainted with it! Gotta love that synchronicity!! It works for me! 🙂

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      3. Bonnie says:

        Amazing! Really! Curious how you found me/my blog!? Any good suggestions for dinner 🙂
        15,000 troops? That’s incredible, I have to experience that definitely!!

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Yes, you will love this, Bonnie: http://www.queenmary.com/our-story/war-stats.php

        How did I find you/your blog? *LOL* I think I must have been on either a blog I follow; this is so funny, because I can’t recall (which is quite sad since it was only an hour ago!). We didn’t eat here, but we heard it was really good (we were often in Los Angeles all day and then came back to our hotel in Long Beach in the evening: http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx There are a bunch of restaurants grouped together near an Outback Steakhouse, 20 Shoreline Drive.

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      5. Bonnie says:

        That’s awesome! Thank you for the link to the QM and dinner place..that looks perfect! And where I am staying..what a small world! 🙂

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Most welcome! You can also eat on the ship if so inclined! They have several restaurants. We actually went to the Outback Steakhouse and had a wonderful chat with the bar manager, Tim Pounders (we don’t drink, it just happened that Tim was helping serve that evening). I gave him one of my, “The Chicago Files” business cards, so if you happen to go there, I guarantee great service! Ah, would you believe in college I helped a professor with a psychology experiment all about synchronicity? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      7. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh and Bonnie, please let me know how your trip goes!!

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      8. Bonnie says:

        Cher – it’s Cher, right? 🙂 You’re amazing – what a fun connection and I am loving the synchronicity – and serendipity at play here! How fun that you helped a Prof with a study on that…that must have been so interesting to research! I will definitely let you know how my visit goes – maybe I will blog my visit to the QM..hmm? Did you buy tix ahead of time or on the spot?

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      9. seaangel4444 says:

        Cher, yes that is me! 🙂 Awh, bless! I think this is the coolest thing and especially since we just got back a week and a half ago from Long Beach and have been talking about it every single day. Lo and behold, I found your blog, you are going there, the Queen Mary, etc.! 🙂 Yes, the study was amazing; I’ve always been interested in synchronicity, and when I heard about the study I asked if I could participate! Clearly my cup of tea, as it were! Oh that would be great! And if you don’t, please let me know your feelings about it. We bought tickets ahead of time online. To be honest, we actually went on a ghost investigation at 11:00 p.m. We boarded the ship hours ahead of time in order to have dinner, and then do some exploring of our own to see this magnificent vessel! Are you staying in Long Beach? I am curious to know if you are staying in the same place as we did (cher72@hotmail.com) if you are so inclined!

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  15. I did a tour of the queen mary when I lived in L.A.,20 years ago. They had a magnificant jazz bar where I loved hanging out sipping martinis. So much class. Then for a time they had bungee jumping off the ship. The ship was sold and moved up to Oregon I believe. It is a classic from a past era. I’m happy to hear it’s back in Long Beach and I will have to visit it again during my next trip to California.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, that sounds wonderful (the bar part, not the bungee jumping)! *LOL* The bar we saw was right out of the 1920’s; art deco and I felt the energy permeating through the walls! Oh yes, you must go back, Sierra! Thank you, my dear! Cher xo

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  16. I’ve danced salsa on the QM. =)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      How cool is that!! Wow, thank you for sharing that with us! Absolutely wonderful!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  17. Great photos! I have always wanted to visit Canada, and I will be browsing through your blog to see more of it! And thanks for stopping by my blog.:)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Kaz! Thank you! Please stop by anytime and I’ll do the same! You would love Canada! Hope you get to visit there sometime! Big hugs, Cher xo

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