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Taken before the 4th of July Fireworks.
HMS Mary Graces Long Beach Harbor
By all measures HMS Queen Mary was truly "titanic." Bigger, faster and more powerful than her predecessor the Titanic, Queen Mary lived a long life that included 1,001 successful Atlantic crossings. Built at the John Brown shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, in 1937, the Queen Mary held the record for the fastest-ever North Atlantic crossing, and for three years she carried the rich and famous across the Atlantic in great luxury.
Queen Mary Today
Now Queen Mary rests in the Long Beach harbor, converted into a hotel and tourist attraction. Guides' voices echo in the now-empty engine room, where 27 boilers once generated 160,000 horsepower. On the dining room wall, a map tracked the position of the Queen Mary and her sister ship the Queen Elizabeth as passengers anticipated their passing in mid-ocean.
Is the Queen Mary Haunted?
She was called the Grey Ghost during her years as a World War II transport ship, but even now, with her service long over, the Queen Mary is still associated with ghosts: over a dozen apparitions have been reported aboard the ship.
During her 60-year history, the Queen Mary was the site of 49 reported deaths, so there are plenty of potential spirits to haunt her hallways. Reported hauntings include a young crewman in the engine room, swimmers in the first-class pool, a man in black, and a woman in blue.