History in Long Beach: The Queen Mary Through the Years

Known for having carried the world's rich and famous, the RMS Queen Mary is a luxurious ocean liner that was launched on September 26, 1934.

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The Queen Mary was launched in 1934.
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The ocean liner was named the Queen Mary after Her Majesty Queen Mary.
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Clark Gable delayed departure of the Queen Mary by 18 minutes as he said goodbye to his love interest on July 9, 1948.
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Constructed by John Brown & Co., LTD., Clydebank, Scotland, the Queen Mary was launched on September 26, 1934.
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British film actor David Niven is pictured doing a traditional Scottish dance while aboard the Queen Mary en route to Hollywood in 1937.
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On her sixth round-trip voyage, the Queen Mary wins the Blue Riband for the fastest North Atlantic crossings from the French Line's Normandie.
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Queen Mary was the flagship for the Cunard Line until it was replaced by the Queen Elizabeth in October 1946.
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Bob Hope was onboard during the Queen Mary’s final passenger voyage before World War II started.
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The passenger capacity of the Queen Mary is 1,957 people, while the crew capacity of the ship is 1,174 members.
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The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were among the members of the royal family who were seen onboard of the Queen Mary.
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Legend has it that Adolph Hitler offered $250,000 and the Iron Cross to any U-boat Captain that could sink the Queen Mary.
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The 1972 film "The Poseidon Adventure" starred the Queen Mary as ocean liner, S.S. Poseidon, a ship slated for retirement and scrapping, making its way from New York City to Athens.
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"The Poseidon Adventure" starred actors Gene Hackman, Leslie Nielsen and Ernest Borgnine.
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"The Poseidon Adventure" won two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award.
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"The Poseidon Adventure" was directed by Irwin Allen and Ronald Neame.
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The Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship during World War II. It sailed an estimated 569,429 miles.
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Queen Elizabeth among crew members on the Queen Mary for the first time.
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At one point, the Queen Mary carried 16,683 American troops (from New York to Great Britain, a standing record for the most passengers ever transported on one vessel).
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During World War II, the Queen Mary was nicknamed "The Grey Ghost."
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On August 30, 1939, the Queen Mary departed on her last peacetime voyage. The Nazis invaded Poland days later and, for safety reasons, the Queen Mary was ordered to run a zigzag course under blackout conditions.
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One of the docking areas for the Queen Mary. The overall length of the ship was 1,019 ft.
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On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She was filled with five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital.
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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meeting with dignitaries on the Queen Mary. Winston Churchill traveled on the Queen Mary three times during World War II and considered it his headquarters at sea.
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After World War II, the Queen Mary resumed peacetime passenger service on July 31, 1947.
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The Shah of Iran meeting with the captains of the Queen Mary.
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The Queen Mary was moved to sunny Long Beach, California where it is a living landmark, popular attraction and hotel on Dec. 9, 1967.
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The Queen Mary made its final military voyage from Halifax to South Hampton from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, 1946.
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The Ink Spots, a popular American pop vocal group during the 1930s and 1940s, on the Queen Mary.
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The ocean liner heading toward a docking area. Winston Churchill signed the D-Day Declaration on the vessel.
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Actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh onboard the Queen Mary.
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The Queen Mary in Long Beach.
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