The Queen Mary holds onto a long and detailed history. But it also had a decent amount of ghostly history as well. If you love the Queen Mary or are planning to visit, stay tuned to learn more before you go!
She is a retired British ocean liner that mainly sailed the Atlantic from 1936 – 1967 and was the flagship of the Cunard and White Star Lines. (Reportedly by the same people who built the Titanic, but I’m not sure of how true that is) The Queen Mary was built by John Brown and Company at Clydebank in Scotland, beginning in December of 1930. The following year, construction was paused due to the Great Depression but was then competed in 1934 with the help of a loan on the condition that Cunard would merge with the White Star Line (Cunard’s British rival), in which both agreed to the terms.
The ocean liner was named after Mary of Teck, King George V’s consort, although the name was kept secret until its launch. Supposedly, Cunard wanted to name the ship Victoria as it was tradition to name their ships with words that ended in “ia.” The company’s representatives asked the King’s permission to name the ocean liner after Britain’s “greatest queen,” the King stated that his wife would be delighted. From then on, No. 534 was deemed The Queen Mary.
But it was later replaced as a flagship by the RMS Queen Elizabeth to which the Queen Mary was then converted into a troopship and carried allied troops during the Second World War. After the War, the Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service then rode alongside Queen Elizabeth (ship) as a two-ship transatlantic passenger service until the 1950s. A decade later, the Queen Mary was basically operating at a loss due to her aging and officially retired in 1967. Today, she permanently remains docked in Long Beach, California and serves as a popular hotel.
Aside from its long history, the Queen Mary is claimed to be the most haunted ship in the world with over sixty known deaths that occurred aboard. It was featured in Time magazine’s ‘Top Ten Haunted Places.’ It also has it’s fair share of creepy stories. One of them being the story of a fireman being crushed to death underneath a doorway in the engine room (commonly referred to as Door No. 13) and since, the doorway has been opened more.
Reports of paranormal experiences and ghost sightings are as follows:
- Being held down in your sleep, similar to sleep paralysis
- Constant feelings of being watched
- Hair being pulled supposedly by the spirit of the deceased Captain of the ship
- One of the store rooms is known to be haunted by a murder victim. A man supposedly murdered his wife and kids there, then took his own life
- Suite B-340 is ‘notoriously haunted’ as the crew promotes
- The Isolation Room is where people were quarantined if they were sick and many have died in the room adding to the list of haunted hotspots of the hotel.
- A paranormal investigator recorded a deep, gravely voice saying “Get out.”
And those are just some of the paranormal reports known. There are, I’m sure plenty more. Who knows, when you visit maybe you’ll add to the list as well.
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