the "Queen Mary" is eternally docked. It is the legendary British transatlantic ship of the 30's and 60's, one of the most famous vessels in maritime history and only one of the famous cohorts that held the "The Blue Riband" (a prize awarded after 100 years to a ship for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in record speed). The ship has been preserved to this day, giving tourists the unique opportunity to gaze at the antiquated details. In Philadelphia, you can see the American ship, called "United States", that has long been abandoned and restoration attempts have only been made recently, however there is no direct access to the ship. The "Queen Mary" came to Long Beach in 1967, at the end of its illustrious career. Now it doubles as a floating hotel and museum, allowing visitors to walk along the decks, visit the pilot and engine rooms, as well as other famous facilities aboard the infamous liner.
Below is the "Queen Mary" in Long Beach harbor.
In the picture below, you can also see the Soviet diesel submarine B-427, which, after its withdrawal from the fleet in 1995, was sold to a museum exhibit in Australia. In 1998, it was moved to
We bought tickets and climbed the ladder to get onboard.
This is the central hall of the liner.
And here is a very beautiful lacquered wooden bas-relief of the ship in the main hall:
The "Queen Mary" has 8 decks. Below you can see one flight of stairs that connects each deck.
I've traveled on modern cruise ships several times but of course, with all their virtues and conveniences, they are not the same as their older counterparts. However, they still have a soul and give joy to many people but, in principle, they are all just more advanced floating hotels . . . in a good way of course! At the end of the day though, they can't be compared to the atmosphere of the "Queen Mary", the ship that crossed the Atlantic 1,001 times, that served as a main means of transport between two continents. It also acted bravely in the Second World War, as a military transport vessel for troops, known as the "Grey Ghost". After the end of the war, it returned to the transatlantic spaces, where it worked until the advent of the jet aircraft. We dove straight into history, surrounded by artifacts and styles from the 30's and 50's. I would have liked to be aboard this ship during its travels, to walk along the halls and corridors, decorated with wood, under the multidimensional bulkheads as they creaked . . .
Portraits of the royal couple...
The most beautiful saloons on the liner are closed to the public. This is a glimpse of the entrance hall to the royal saloon.
Here is the bow of the vessel:
And this is one of the engine order telegraphs:
This is the corner dedicated to the military history of the ship. The photo below showcases its time as a troop transporter during the Second World War.
Here are transatlantic military routes.
And booklets about the "Cunard White Star" company:
A boarding pass of a passenger from 1956.
Onboard the ship, we saw this interesting exhibit dedicated the the history of the Queen.
After getting acquainted with the history of this unique vessel, we continued walking. Tourists are given access to one of the ship's propeller screws.
Inside the engine room:
Not far from the entrance to the engine room, on one of the lower decks, you can find models of the "Queen Mary" and its main pre-war rival "Normandie". There is also a stand dedicated to the American "United States", that stole the title of fastest ship in the Atlantic from the "Queen" in 1952. Let's take a closer look at the model of "Normandie".
Then we went to the main engine room:
After leaving the engine room, we went back to the upper deck. The bow of the "Queen", on the 6th deck, has a gorgeous panoramic bar. It operates while the ship sails across the transatlantic lines, you can see it action now! I wonder how many different people used to sit at this very bar so many years ago?
And how great would it be to drink a beer in this bar, rocking on the waves in the middle of the Atlantic?!
And now let's go to the bridge. Near the pilot room, you can find the captain's cabin, as well as the cabins of the staff captain and several senior officers.
Here we were on the bridge of the "Queen Mary".
And this is a radio house:
Would you like to call Mr. Churchill? Sure thing!
Stanidng on the Promenade Deck.
Below is a photo of the British King Edward VIII, who abdicated from the throne, with his wife Wallis Simpson onboard the "Queen Mary".
And some final photos of the "Normandie", "Queen Mary" and "Queen Elizabeth" in New York, shortly after the start of the Second World War.
Here is the ship's bell and a memorial plaque located at the main entrance of the liner:
And this ends our visit onboard the infamous transatlantic liner, still perfectly preserved. I am so glad that I had the chance to see it!