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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