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The Queen Mary

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 November 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

With the autumn series behind me, I am finally back to the Pacific Coast Highway tour that was taken back in August. Here we are in Long Beach, California to visit and tour the Queen Mary.

The following is taken from "RMS Queen Mary - 101 Questions and Answers about the Great Transatlantic Liner" by David Ellery:

"Following sea trials and a royal tour, which Her Majesty Queen Mary had requested, the ship embarked on her maiden voyage from Southampton on May 27, 1936. Public interest was higher than ever and Britain's new grand vessel received a send-off from a crowd of over a quarter of a million."
"The new liner soon earned an enviable reputation for outstanding service. Many passengers, including an array of royalty, politicians and celebrities, returned time and time again. The ship was like a village at sea, able to offer her passengers everything from banks and beauty parlors to a hospital and shops. There was even a resident gardener to tend the numerous potted plants, and a dog-walking service provided by the bell boys."
"By March 1940, things were very different. Queen Mary was going to war. Her speed and size made her invaluable as a troop-carrier, and so her luxurious interior fittings were removed and replaced by bunks and extra sanitary facilities to accommodate service personnel. As the Second World War progressed, she voyaged to new areas of the world, and her capacity was further increased. On July 25, 1943, she carried an astonishing 16,683 people from New York to Gourock in Scotland, the greatest number to be conveyed on a single voyage, a record that still stands to this day. Queen Mary ended her war duties in September 1946, having carried 810,730 troops and steamed nearly 670,000 miles."
"Queen Mary was purchased by the City of Long Beach in California for $3.45 million. Queen Mary left Southampton for the last time in October 1967 watched by thousands of emotional well-wishers. Some 39 days later, the ship arrived at Long Beach and Captain John Treasure Jones gave the order 'Finished with engines' for the last time. As the ship retired, so did her captain. An era was all but over."

All photos from the Pacific Coast Highway trip are tagged "pch" if you want to see what has been posted so far. We have a long way to go still. :-)

Photo captured on August 16, 2012.

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L'Angevine from Angers, France

mais lequel car il y a le 1 et aussi le 2,j'ai visité le 1 à Los angeles

5 Nov 2012 9:52am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A beautiful presentation, Steven ... we have friends who spent the night on her ... said it was absolutely charming!

5 Nov 2012 9:57am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice shot to indicate the sheer size of her.

5 Nov 2012 10:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, I remember the name John Treasure Jones - I see he died 1993, aged 87.

5 Nov 2012 10:24am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Great to meet the fabulous queen Mary :-) Beautiful presentaion here!

5 Nov 2012 1:55pm

Sylvie capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

fabulous boat !

5 Nov 2012 5:02pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very beautiful image with a stunning crispness. So this is the real stuff of the great liners.

5 Nov 2012 6:22pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I really like this setting Steven.. A really great selection for an iconinc spot...Beautiful blend of natural and "man-made" elements and subjects....As always, just a steller shot sir :-)

5 Nov 2012 6:29pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! This is a beautifully composed image.

5 Nov 2012 7:51pm

tataray from france, France

Wow... magnifique composition.
Avec des couleurs et un avant plan superbe.)

5 Nov 2012 8:04pm

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Marvelous composition with beautiful colours and clarity. A very beautiful boat indeed

5 Nov 2012 8:18pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really amazing shot, great to see the ship so close up

5 Nov 2012 9:02pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Fabulous shot of this majestic ship ... The colors and light are wonderful !!! Beautifully composed image ...

5 Nov 2012 9:28pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb contrast and colors

5 Nov 2012 9:47pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

This is a beautiful shot; plenty of color, excellent sharpness and perfect composition.

5 Nov 2012 10:05pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful and elegant view ... a very glamorous shot!

5 Nov 2012 10:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a beautiful shot! It looks so summery.

5 Nov 2012 10:46pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

That's a great shot with those massive stacks poking up. Great colors and detail.

5 Nov 2012 11:01pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

What an absolutely impressive sight.

6 Nov 2012 6:53am

franz from Baden, Austria

truly a ship with a history to remember! imagine carrying over 16,000 people at once ... what a horror had she been attacked and sunk! but now she can spend her retirement in peacefully and in gorgeous surroundings !

6 Nov 2012 12:48pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I would love to make it into the ship next time you go, maybe I could be left behind in some
dream stateroom that bears some evidence of the door being jimmied !!~

15 Nov 2012 6:09pm