By Nicole Strickland,
There are very few
ships still in existence that can compare to the innate beauty and rich history
of the RMS Queen Mary. In fact, the
ship was named after The Queen of England, H.M. Queen Mary. The
RMS Queen Mary was born in 1934 and constructed by John Brown & Company, Ltd
The years 1940 through
1946 marked the time that she served as a warship.
The RMS Queen Mary was most commonly referred to as the “Grey Ghost”
during her World War II troop carrying days.
She was labeled the grey ghost to try and camouflage herself from
Hitler’s army. Obviously, the
generous slap of grey paint paid off, because she indeed survived.
However, tragedy struck on October 2, 1942 as the Queen Mary was making
her way across the oceans, which resulted in many lives lost.
She accidentally sliced in half one of her escort ships, the HMS Curacoa,
as both ships were involved in a zigzag motion to avoid obliteration from the
enemy. The Mary played a vital role
in shortening the duration of World War II.
After her war days,
the RMS Queen Mary returned to luxury as an extravagant cruise vessel, where
many people could relax, vacation and enjoy her ornate and gorgeous ambience, as
well as the abundance of onboard activities. Additionally, quite a few celebrity names have touched upon her
decks during her post war days.
The RMS Queen Mary is
equipped to fulfill the curiosity of many people, from children to elderly
adults. She is loaded with many
attractions, shops and various dining options.
The Queen is home to comedy performances, various tours and a variety of
ongoing and seasonal attractions. She
has a variety of gift and souvenir stores that cater to those who love to shop.
For those who love art, the ship still houses some of her original
Art-Deco pieces. She also features
great sightseeing views from her promenade and sundecks.
The ship wouldn’t be Queen without featuring award-winning restaurants
that even gratify the pickiest of eaters. RMS
Queen Mary is quite the entertainer, as she has even been home to various
television and movie productions. There
is even a great hotel onboard for those who want to spend the night with the
Queen. Passengers have the option of
staying on A deck, B deck or M deck. There
are many different cabins available ranging from small twin bed cabins to
luxurious first class staterooms.
For those who love a
ghostly tale or two, the Queen Mary has plenty to share.
Yes, RMS Queen Mary is believed to be one of the most haunted spots in
the entire world. For ghost seekers
alike, the Queen has various paranormal tours, where passengers can embark on
the ship’s paranormal hot spots. Passengers
can travel to the engine room, where they might run into the ghost of John
Pedder, who tragically died in engine room door # 13.
Or, passengers might encounter the ghost of the beautiful lady in white,
who is commonly seen in the observation and lobby bar areas.
What about those
aquatic visitors who enjoy being around water?
Yup, the first class swimming pool is a popular spot for many Queen Mary
resident ghosts. Visitors might
encounter a small girl, reportedly named Jackie, who likes to play
hide-and-go-seek and sing Ring around the Rosy.
You may hear Jackie’s angelic voice as she calls out for her mommy and
daddy. Ghosts in vintage bathing
suits might go for a swim and walk by with remnants of their wet foot prints
gliding by. Passengers might
suddenly hear the sound of splashing water even though the pool has been dry for
many years. The pool’s dressing
rooms are supposedly home to a vortex or portal, whereby visitors from the other
side can come and go.
In fact, any where a
passenger travels on board the Queen may in fact come into contact with the
other side. Many visitors report the
smell of strong cigar smoke right outside Winston Churchill’s suite.
There have been reports of disembodied screams for help on sundeck and in
the boiler rooms. Queen Mary’s
curious ghosts also like to knock on passenger doors and walls throughout.
Phantom footsteps, sounds, smells and voices can be heard from anywhere
on the ship. You name the ghost and
Queen Mary most likely has it.
The RMS Queen Mary
isn’t just a ship, she’s a legend. She
definitely speaks of a nostalgic and bygone era.
There were many people from different walks of life that traveled the
oceans on the Queen. The RMS Queen
Mary has navigated folks who might not see the next day’s beautiful sunrise
all the way to those folks who saturated themselves in her luxury and
extravagance. Thus, the ship is home
to various impressions left from her long-lost passengers, some of whom are
still trying to find their way home. Her
inherent beauty, nostalgic character and abounding history will remain in the
hearts and souls of her visitors forever.
For more information
about the RMS Queen Mary, you can visit her website at http://www.queenmary.com
or you can call her directly at (562) 435-3511.
Please visit www.queenmaryshadows.com
to learn about the ghosts who inhabit the ship and the types of
paranormal evidence that has been obtained on the ship as well.
by Nicole Strickland
of The Haunted Queen of the Seas:
The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary
Nicole's books are on sale at this website and at Stack's Bookstore aboard the Queen Mary.
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