Queen Mary – Blast From The Past

Whilst in LA we visited the Queen Mary a former majestic cruise liner and also war time troop carrier, this amazing vessel now sits docked both as a floating hotel and tourist attraction in Long Beach California. On the day we visited Long Beach to see the Queen Mary we caught the train from downtown LA where we staying, I remember this train ride as it had a couple of unique things and 1 being a little scary at first. The train travels through Compton a place in the movies and TV heavily associated with gang violence so when a guy gets on the train and places his hand inside the backpack he was wearing in front of him and yells everyone I honestly had a little panic then suddenly the guy pulls out chocolate bars and starting yelling “candy get your candy $1 candy get your candy $1” he sells a few bars and gets of at the next station and runs to the next carriage of the train.

Queen Mary sailed on her first (maiden) voyage on 27 May 1936 with the outbreak of the World War 2, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of WWII.

After the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger use and commenced transatlantic passenger service for which the ship was initially built. After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line due to the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She sailed out of Southampton for the last time on the 31st October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, USA, where she remains permanently moored.

In the Second World War conversion, the ship’s hull, superstructure and funnels were painted navy grey. As a result of her new colour, and in combination with her great speed, she became known as the “Grey Ghost.” To protect against magnetic mines, a degaussing coil was fitted around the outside of the hull. Inside, stateroom furniture and decoration were removed and replaced with triple-tiered wooden bunks, which were later replaced by standee bunks.

Check out our video from our visit back in 2009