Tuesday, October 15

Queens of the Sea

Momma and I are so excited we are both having an incredibly hard time waiting for Friday, Oct. 18.

On Friday we will be flying to Long Beach, Calif., where we will celebrate the marriage of one of Momma's oldest friends. (She has known him 34 years!)

Not only will we witness their marriage, but we'll be staying overnight on the historic Queen Mary! 

Named after Queen Mary, consort of King George V, RMS Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line (formerly known as Cunard-White Star) that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from May 1936 until October 1967.

She was converted into a troopship after the outbreak of World War II and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. After the war, RMS Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service.

After several years of decreased profits due to commercial air travel, RMS Queen Mary was officially retired from service. She left Southampton, England for the last time on Oct. 31, 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, Calif., where she is permanently moored.

Much of the machinery including two of the four steam turbines, three of the four propellers, and all of the boilers were removed, and the ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel.

The Queen Mary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary to be part of the Historic Hotels of America.

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