Back In The Day

Courtesy of WOWSA, Long Beach, California.

Crossing large bodies of water remains an adventure – and the Queen Mary was the site of plenty of stories.

The RMS Queen Mary was an ocean liner that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean between 1936 and 1967. The Queen Mary along with the RMS Queen Elizabeth were built as part of a two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York City.

During World War II, she carried Allied soldiers and was later refitted for passenger service until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s and her retirement in 1967. She is now permanently moored in Long Beach, California and has been converted into a historic hotel with a museum, conference rooms and restaurants.

One interesting fact about the Queen Mary is that her crew informed the passengers of where the ship was throughout their voyage. The photo above shows the large map of the Atlantic Ocean that was in the main dining room. A small plastic ship moved throughout the voyage corresponding to its position in the ocean. In the exquisite dining room, this easily gave passengers information on where they were during their transatlantic crossings at any given time in the pre-GPS era.

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