RMS Queen Mary

Listed as American Heritage.

The Queen Mary is a legendary, historic ocean liner and World War troopship. The restored ocean liners no longer makes transatlantic cruises, but is docked in Long Beach California, where guests can visit, have dinner and stay in the hotel rooms on board the ship.

The Queen Mary is an Art Deco luxury ocean liner that successfully completed 1001 transatlantic cruises before being docked permanently in Long Beach, California. The proud ocean liner is now an elegant floating hotel.

The Queen Mary is believed to be haunted. There are said to be up to 150 spirits haunting the ship. Unexplained activity has been reported and investigated for decades. The Art Deco Ocean Liner is considered by some to be one of the most haunted places in the world.

Crew members have reported ghost sightings of former crew members and guests. There have been reports of women wearing 1930’s style swimming suits wandering the decks of the pool, which has been closed for decades. There have also been wet footprints and the sounds of splashing.

A young woman in an elegant white evening dress has been reported dancing alone in the shadows. A tall dark man wanders the first class staterooms wearing a 1930’s style suit. The man turns on lights.

Paranormal researchers have investigated and have captured some paranormal type activities, such as audible sounds, smells, temperature changes and visual activity.

The Queen Mary has a long history that has included the trauma of serving the United States during World War II. The gigantic ship made her maiden voyage in 1936. During her heyday, the ocean liner transported the world’s rich and famous personalities, including The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford and Sir Winston Churchill. The upper classes considered the ocean liner to be the only civilized way to travel.

Luxury travel ceased when World War II broke out in 1939. The Queen Mary was painted gray and transformed into a troopship, transporting military personnel across the ocean. During her military career, the Queen Mark was called “The Gray Ghost.” She served the United States well. By the end of World War II, more than 800,000 troops had been carried and the ship had traveled over 600,000 miles. As the war action came to an end, the Queen Mary transported over 22,000 war brides and children to the United States and Canada. These trips were called the "Bride and Baby Voyages.

After the war, the Queen Mary was refurbished and once again transformed into an elegant ocean liner, with weekly service traveling between New York, Cherbourg and Southampton. By the early 1960’s transatlantic cruises were falling out of fashion. Travelers were choosing speedier and more modern air travel. The ship was used for some occasional cruises, but did not have the amenities of the more modern ships. In 1967 The Queen Mary was withdrawn from service.

Canon 40D
Canon Zoom lens EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM lens
Exposure time 10s
Aperture value f/20
ISO 400
Focal length 30 mm


  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 6 years ago

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 6 years ago

  • BigD
    BigDabout 6 years ago

    Not bad, Anne

  • Thank you BigD

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Anne-Marie, this is both a great night shot as well as a great shot in black and white, excellent as always. – Cora

  • Thank you Cora!

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 6 years ago

    All of the gorgeous colors are gone!! Still stunning though!!

  • Yeah well Steph, it’s for the b/w Challenge he …lol. Thanks!

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • noffi
    noffiabout 6 years ago

    Anne-marie…I wenr to see her not too long ago and relived some memories. i sailed on the Queen Mary when I was a young child . This was in the late 1940’s when she was crossing the seas again with regular passengers. However, she was still outfitted as a troop ship and the stateroom we had was fitted with 16 bunks…Four rows of four high. There were four of us so 12 of them were simply chained against the walls. The classes were all open and my brother and I roamed all over the ship together much to the annoyance of my parents. It was an experience that I will always remember. Thanks for reminding me! Liz

  • Thank you Liz for the story. Must have been a great experience to have sailed on that ship.

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago


  • Thank you RR ;-)

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 5 years ago

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago


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