Friday, July 18, 2008

THE QUEEN MARY TOUR ~ A STEP BACK IN TIME

The Queen Mary was the first ship of her kind! She was bigger and faster then any ship around. She was built with beauty and class...three classes actually. First class, 2nd class and 3rd class.



She was first and foremost a beautiful luxury liners. Where kings, queens and movie stars were known to travel in a way only the Rich and Famous was accustomed to.

Then the War came along and all her accents were removed. The rooms and halls were packed with bunks 6 high filling every inch of her. Our men in the Military called her home as they fought in World War II.

When the War ended The Queen Mary was used to bring the War Brides back to their men. The rooms were brought back to house only 4 women. The beds were made pretty by putting nice floral covers on them.

Once things settled down again The Queen Mary returned to her glory of being a Luxury Liner once again.

As she got older and no longer was able to make the trips across the ocean the City Of Long Beach in CA bought her, spent 3 Million to fix her up and turned her into a floating Hotel. This is where she remains today.

You can take a tour on her and see what it was like to step back in time. But beware! There have been many many ghost sightings on her. So if you are brave enough, come along with me and lets she what The Queen Mary has to offer us today.


There is a museum today that shows what the state rooms looked like back in her hey day.

This is what the 2nd class rooms looked like. Not much room but still comfortable. Almost what they offer on the cruise lines of today really.


They didn't have a room set up for 1st class but they did show the sitting room the 1st class cabins had. This room would be attached to the bedroom in your cabin.

We will get to see what a 1st class room looks like, later in our tour. Only it's one of the rooms you can rent now if you want to stay in the Hotel.


This would have been the 3rd class rooms. Still, not to bad in my eyes. But, you only get the one room with a sink in it. The bathrooms had to be shared down the hall. Of course 1st and 2nd class had a bathroom in the cabin.

These bunks or cots are what our service men had to sleep on. They were stacked 6 high and had to each be shared by two men. There were so many men on board that they had to sleep in shifts as there was not enough room for everyone to have a bed.


Once the war was over, the rooms were fixed up and pretty floral bedspreads were added for the War Brides.


This was one of the tables from 1st class dining. The rich and famous would be sat together to mingle with "their own kind".


In another room all together, the 2nd class people would dine at smaller tables and while the food was still wonderful it wasn't quite up to the standards of the 1st class travelers.



In a smaller room yet the 3rd class people were sat. Away from the other passengers. The food was good but really not fancy at all.

But, I have to wonder, was the dinning room in the 3rd class full of fun and laughter. While, the 1st and 2nd class was trying to impress each other with their jewels and fancy clothes and talk of money?

You will see the wheel that was really used to guide the Queen Mary through the waters to all the exotic lands.


They had the top of the line gym equipment for back then. Sure looks funny now though.


The men could get their hair cut by barbers who knew all the new styles.


Some of the actual china the lucky travelers got to eat on. I bet this set is now worth a fortune!


Check out the life rafts! Who could survive long in those? Picture yourself out in the middle of the ocean with this little raft being the only thing between you and your survival. Scary huh?

This is where all the shops were and are still full of gifts to buy now. The shop in the middle was where the men could buy clothes. There wasn't a shop for women to buy dresses, only things such as scarfs and smaller items.

No, it's not because the women didn't rate. It's because back then the women of 1st and 2nd class were women from money and therefore, would have her dresses made. No one would be caught dead in wearing a dress off the rack.

The women in 3rd class, the ones who would wear the dresses off the rack, just wouldn't have had enough money to be able to shop on board and therefore was not catered to.


The Queen Mary is also nicknamed The Ship of Woods. Everywhere you go, there is beautiful wood being used. Plus Art Deco items, like the lamp above.
The old phone booths are still there to use. Very rare back in the day the Queen Mary was in service.


Port holes are wonderful little ways to look out and see the city outside. I wish the cruise lines of today still had port holes. I know the big windows allow the view to be seen much better, but to me, there is something fun and historic about the port holes.


Queen Mary herself, launched the Ship and was honored to be the name sake of such a Formal Cruise Line. I'm sure she had no idea how the ship would be used durning the war though.

Pictures of famous people are lined on the Promenade deck.


It was almost certain if you were on board, someone who was very Rich and very Famous was on board too.


Here you get a glimpse of how long The Queen Mary is. This is really only about 1/2 as long as she is as I was about mid ship when I took this picture.

** Note, look at the orb on the deck. The little circle of light. We will read more about that later.


The deck is made from teak and right now they painstakingly refinishing it by hand. I have no idea why they wouldn't just refinish it with a machine. I guess they want to keep the integrity and do it just like it was done back when she was first made.

This is an actual room you can rent now. It was one of the 1st class cabins. Some rooms have original furniture while others have remakes. It's hard for the average person to tell them apart.


Of course you still get the perks from today. Such as, TVs.


Here is the bathroom. Look at all the knobs in the shower/bathtub. Do you know why there is 4? Well, it's because the passengers had the option of using either sea water or fresh water to bath and shower in. The sea water was thought to make ones skin nice and smooth.

As I said before. The ship is thought to be haunted. There have been 49 deaths on board the Queen Mary and hundreds more deaths that surrounded her durning the war.

People claim to have seen and heard ghosts. There is even a tour you can take that takes you to a few of the spots where the ghosts have been seen and heard.

What about you? Are you brave enough to take the tour? Do you believe in ghosts? Many people do.


In fact, while touring the officer cabins a ghost showed up in my pictures!


Look! You can see someone walking right through the table. You can even see through her. YIKES! We better get out of here! I'm not sure if it's a friendly ghost or not.

Oh wait! That's not a ghost! That's my sister, Maureen. How did she do her magic so we could see through her and she could walk through furniture?

Well, these rooms are behind glass and as I was trying to take pictures, I noticed her reflections made her appear as a ghost.

Could that be what so many people see on board and then claim it's a ghost? Who knows. Some people claim that if you catch an orb in your photos it's the energy of a ghost.

Now if that is true, then go back and take a look at the picture that shows the room you can rent. In the first photo, over on the left of the photo above the bed and in the doorway, you will see I caught an orb!

Oh, I just noticed, the picture showing the teak deck also has an orb.

Were they the ghost of someone who stayed and died on the ship? I don't know. But you better believe I'll be telling people they were. After all, doesn't that sound more fun then saying I've never seen a ghost on the Queen Mary? LOL

I do have a love and a connection with the Queen Mary. When she was in New York my dad worked for Customs aboard her. To this day I still have a large spoon, fork and ladle they used in the kitchen to prepare the food.

So, I love walking the halls and looking around knowing my dad (who is no longer alive) once walked those same halls. Who knows, maybe his ghost is there wandering the halls. He didn't die on the ship but maybe he likes to go back to visit.

I hope you had fun and enjoyed the Queen Mary. If you are ever in Long Beach, stop by and pay her a visit. Who knows who you may meet there.

Hugs,
Joanne










19 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I loved the tour, Joanne!!!

About 20 years ago, I saw the Queen Mary while I was in Long Beach!! It was pretty then, too!

I love the "wood"...and I would rather have sat in the 3rd class dining room, myself.

Thanks for sharing!

~Blessings,
Jan

Darlene said...

What a beautiful ship and a great tour you gave.

Also, the song that played while I looked was appropriate...Your Beautiful...perfect!!!

Thanks for showing us!!!

Jackie said...

Thank you for the wonderful post, Joanne! I loved it, especially the pics of the Ole Famous People!!! What a step back in time, plus I learned a few things, especially, rent a machine when doing a floor that big!!!!
Blessings, Jackie

Jo said...

I came to return your visit and thak you for leaving a comment so I could find my way to your cyber home. I have so enjoyed myself, I just don't want to leave. I lived in Orange County twice for a total of six years all together. My ex-husband was a marine stationed at El Toro. Both times we lived in Santa Ana while we waited for base housing to open up.

I always wanted to take the Queen Mary tour, but never had the chance. Now thanks to you I have had the tour.

There was one apartment complex where we lived that had an orange grove across the street from it. They sat crates of oranges out with a little cigar box to pay on the honor system. I loved having fresh squeezed juice. That was back in the 70s. I don't even remember the name of the street the apartments were on. I would bet that the orange grove is no longer there and if it is, I would bet there is no longer a pay on the honor system.

Please feel free to drop by the little house on the mountain any time. The door is always open and fresh coffee in the pot.

Have a great weekend.

Debbie Kay said...

Joanne:

You are soooo cute. Thanks for sharing your trip to the "Queen Mary"

Lots of love,

Debbie Kay

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Joanne, I love this post! I grew up in San Pedro and my first home was up on the hill and I could see the Long Beach Harbor where the Queen Mary would sit. I have been in that ship so many times for private parties! What great pictures you captured of this beautiful and fasinating ship!
I really enjoyed looking through them and reliving some of my memories!

A Thing for Roses said...

Hi Joanne!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad you enjoyed your visit. I really enjoyed your tour of The Queen Mary. It brought back fun memories for me. I was born in LB and have visited the Queen Mary a couple times, but I don't think I ever took an actual tour. I'm going to go now and read some of your past posts. Very fun!

Lisa

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Joanne, thanks for the visit and comments about my "stuff"!!! I knew I did GOOD!! I find them here, there and everywhere!! Goodwill, Antique shops/malls, estate and garage sales...

That's what I like to do...motivate people to get out and do things!! LOL!!!

Darn...you do have to be the early bird, to catch the worm...so get up and out...EARLY!!

~Blessings,
Jan

emily said...

Thanks so much for sharing the Queen Mary with us. What a wonderful trip you had going to see her. I will have to go see the Queen if I'm in Long Beach!

What a great step back in time.

emily

Susan said...

I love the Queen Mary. I've been there lots of times. The last one was when the Red Hats had their ten year birthday party there.

My husband and I even spent the night back when Disney ran the hotel. What a fun place...like going back in time.

Hugs, Susan

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Joanne! I've never been on a cruise ship. Now I feel like I have though. It is amazing to me how they can stay afloat with all that they have. I love the shop area. The midship picture gives a great perspective of how big they are. I cannot imagine being in the life boat or sleeping in the top bunk!lol Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment of support on my Friday decision. I know in my heart it was right! Have a great weekend - Jeannette

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Good Morning Joanne!
Loved the tour - we love anything historical and that was right up our alley. How fun would it have been to be on that ship sailing for.....wherever??!
Thanks for a neat history lesson!
Karla & Karrie

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Joanne!
Nice tour! THanks for taking us on the ship! I've always wondered what it looked like. The rooms look so huge compared to the first cruise I went on in my 20's. There was barely room to turn around in the cabin. The shower and sink and toilet were all in one little closet bathrm so when you took a shower everything in the "closet" was wet, how convenient!
What luxury on the Queen Mary!!
Great post!
Hugs, Sherry

Mary Ellen said...

THank you, thank you...when I was in CA last, I so wanted to go and do tour....alas, it was closed down for something or other...sigh. I loved the tour. How special your connection with the ship is.....pssst, did you get my email about the shower curtain????

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Thanks for the tour. I've never been on that tour before! That is so nice that you have a connection to your dad through the ship! That was the best part of this post to me! Very touching!

Judy said...

Thank you so much for the tour. What a fantastic way to spend the last few minutes. So beautiful and educational. I loved the dishes too. I can't imagine the dollar tag on those. The pictures of the "old guests" were totally awesome. Your ghosts were fun too!! Thanks for a wonderful post.

Cottage Way of Life said...

Thanks for the tour. I've about 20 mins away from there, and have never visited. I've had people try to gt me to go to their Halloween thing many times too, but I will not lie, I've been too scared. It was really neat seeing her on your page!! :)

-Sarah

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Hi Joanne

This is one of things I want to do. My son may end up going to Long Beach State and I want to visit the Queen.
Did you feel like you weren't alone while you were in the 1st class room and while you were on the deck ?
Ghost all around ?

Ciao
Glenda

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Joanne,
I lived in California almost all my life (and my hubby worked in Long Beach), but we NEVER took the Queen Mary tour. I'm so glad you shared your pictures. Of course, I've been on her for free, but next time I'm in CA, I think I'll pay for the tour. It looks fascinating!
Patricia :o)