Queen Mary during it's 80th anniversary. It was a fantastic trip! LOL that was almost 6 months ago and I'm just now getting this posted.
- 1929-1935 Queen Mary became a groundbreaking event. Cunard was undeterred by the Great Depression and was designing a pair of technologically advanced new ships to replace their 3 current ships; Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengaria.
- The Queen Mary (named after wife of King George V) was originally launched on September 26, 1934.
- 1936-1939 It was during the Queen Mary’s glamour years that they raised the bar for luxury travel and that forward thinking technology made the ship popular with British Royalty, Hollywood celebrities and dignitaries to become the grandest ocean liner ever. Also known as the most haunted ship on earth.
- 1939-1946 As England and France declared war on Germany, the Queen Mary began her war years. Passenger travel was suspended, the ship was retrofitted, camouflage painted and dubbed the “Grey Ghost” to serve as a troopship. The Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men and with her record-breaking speed and size became a pivotal role in guiding our allies to a victory.
- The Queen Mary became a bi-national family transport in 1946-47.
- 1947-1960’s It took 10 months to re-retrofit the Queen Mary to it’s original splendor. After that she returned place as a world class luxury liner. During the 1960’s air travel was becoming more and more popular and ocean liners were becoming obsolete. The modern world was winning and the Queen Mary was quickly becoming outdated.
- 1967 The Queen Mary was officially retired but almost didn't make it to the hotel she is today. When the decision to sell her came about, most of the bidders were from scrap metal outfits. Fortunately Long Beach was looking for an attraction to draw in tourism and The Queen Mary was just the ticket. The Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach California to become a living historical landmark, hotel and popular attraction education a new generation to the by gone ways of a grand era.
The galleys were in perpetual motion and still had trouble keeping up with just basic meals in order to keep the troops fed.
Troop accommodations were EXTREMELY basic by comparison to any class of of the luxury liner's normal passengers.
They did add bedspreads for the time spent toting war brides and families - nice touch. War brides often made the trip both directions as they were refused/returned once they arrived here.Queen Mary. Here are just a few that I found interesting.
Next door to the Queen Mary is the dome that used to house Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose. In 1993 the Spruce Goose was shipped by barge up the west coast to Oregon where it now resides at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. The dome was purchased by Warner Bros. Studio and used as a sound stage for many years for Batman movies in particular because of the cave like qualities. I understand the dome was purchased by Carnival Cruises and is now using it as a Customs and luggage facility.
We had a harbor view room which was especially spectacular at night.
1st Class Bedroom and sitting room.bakelite knob and keyhole. The Queen Mary was one of the first to use this "plastic" throughout their ship as it was warmer to the touch than metal. Even the light switches were bakelite. Below are the water choices on the tub.
Above is the first class pool and then the gate between class levels. During "tea time" third class passengers were allowed to use the 1st class pool for 1 hour. After that time, the pool was drained, scrubbed and refilled with "fresh" salt water ready again for 1st class passengers. The different classes were afforded different levels of comfort, food and entertainment. Liberace once gave a concert for the 3rd class passengers that really ticked off the 1st class passengers as they were refused entrance.
The emergency Signals were posted throughout the ship and this is what the lifeboats looked like. By my count though I think it was a bit like the Titanic in that there would have been more people than lifeboat seats.
These pictures above do not do any justice to the murals and artwork or the beauty of the captains doors below the mural. The captain liked to make a "Grand" entrance to the Grand Salon. All the artwork was covered during the "grey ghost" years. The fireplaces were electric to avoid fires though ironically they allowed smoking.Queen Mary's sister ship was in their route. A little trivia fact: the ship would get 13 feet to a gallon. Also the original linoleum has been replaced everywhere except inside 1 phone booth where the small little holes left from women's stiletto's can be seen.
This shot reminds me of the shining for some reason! It appears to be sloped AND IT IS! When the ship was built they took into account the pitch, roll and sway and built the ship to absorb as much of the sea movement as possible. The Queen Mary is considered the most haunted ship in the world ever. I had one of those WTH? moments when there was an ethereal flash in the middle of the night in the dark of our room. Long story short, it turned out to be my cell phone finishing its charge. LMBO still.Queen Mary was hosting a fabulous Bob Hope exhibit. It is impossible to show all the wonderful displays that were donated for this exhibit. Suffice it to say that Mr. Hope was a one of a kind man that was cherished by the world as an entertainer and great humanitarian.
Aquarium of the Pacific. We love the beach and aquariums so this was a perfect combo trip for us. Here are a few of the favorite aquarium pictures.
Bubba Gumps. I just adore their Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese and it was my birthday after all! I did find a copy cat recipe that sound worth trying.
The on board restaurants have fantastic menus, but also had fantastic prices to go along with the menus. So we spent a good deal of time checking out and enjoying the surrounding restaurants at Shoreline Village like:
- Bubba Gumps
- Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
- Tequila Jacks Restaurant and Cantina
- Parker's Lighthouse
- Shenanigan's Pub & Grill
- Tugboat Pete's Hot Dog Stand - a hole in the wall with NO website, but great food.
I just LOVE this post Tamy! So fun and interesting to read. Such history!! I love the original touches still there - like the bakelite items. Also, that bar was gorgeous - so kind of art deco in style ((swoon!)).ReplyDelete
Can you imagine cooking on a ship like that?? The amounts and all of the motion involved too!?! Beyond my brain to think about! Lol
Thanks for sharing. xoxo
Oh Carrie you don't know how happy I am you read this post! It took me 2 days to write with the historical facts, picture editing and such.Delete
I would LOVE to cook in a galley that size!
The Queen Mary really is a fantastic ship. I'm just so impressed with how innovative they were back then - certainly ahead of their time!