Saturday, October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you are all having a ghoulishly good day. I was trying to think of something fun to post today and realized one of my favorite supposedly haunted places is The Queen Mary. I have visited The Queen Mary in Long Beach several times, and have even taken quite a few tours. The ship is amazing. It is an art deco dream! So much gorgeous architecture and history to look at, you simply must go more than once.
The Queen Mary has been rumored to be haunted for years and years. The ship was originally built as a luxury liner, but then was used to transport soldiers during WWII. During the war, the "Grey Ghost," as she was called, had a huge accident in which 300 or more soldiers were literally torn apart. Their ghosts are said to haunt the ship, especially in the boiler room and bottom areas of the ship.
During the ships run, there were reportedly 49 deaths, giving room to several "ghosts" to wander the ship today. Some say the 1st class pool area has been haunted by a few ghosts. One such would be the little girl they hear laughing, and making splashing sounds. Another spooky thing about the pool area, is that some mediums have suggested that there is a "cold spot" or "vortex" area where ghosts literally walk between worlds. CREEPY! In the first class swimming pool, which has been closed for more than three decades, women have often been seen appearing in 1930’s style swimming suits wandering the decks near the pool.
In the second class poolroom, the spirit of another little girl named Jackie is often been seen and heard. The unfortunate girl drowned in the pool during the ship’s sailing days and reputedly refused to move on, as her voice, as well as the sounds of laughter has been captured here.
n the Queen’s Salon, which once served as the ship’s first-class lounge, a beautiful young woman in an elegant white evening gown has often been seen dancing alone in the shadows of the corner of the room.
Yet more odd occurrences have been made in a number of first-class staterooms. Here, reports have been made of a tall dark haired man appearing in a 1930’s style suit, as well as water running and lights turning on in the middle of the night, and phones ringing in the early morning hours with no one on the other end of the line.
In the third class children’s playroom, a baby’s cry has often been heard, which is thought to be the infant boy who died shortly after his birth.
Other phenomenon occurring throughout the ship, are the sounds of distinct knocks, doors slamming and high pitched squeals, drastic temperature changes, and the aromas of smells long past.
These are but a few of the many reports of apparitions and strange events occurring at this luxury liner turned hotel. Make sure to visit the hotel and maybe you will see some ghosts of your own. Have a fantastic Halloween!