Monday, October 8, 2012

October Spookfest 2012-The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary was built in 1930 to be a luxury cruise liner. The builders spared no expense and decided to name her after England's greatest queen-Victoria. King George, however, assumed they meant his wife Mary, so that is how she wound up with her name. She had her maiden voyage in 1937 and for 3 years she was the premier ocean liner to stars and dignitaries alike. In 1939, with the start of WWII, she took on a new role: she became a troopship, transporting soldiers fighting in the war. This was her job until 1947 when the war ended. After her military service she was restored to her previous glory and went back to being a cruise liner. In 1967 she made her final voyage, docking for the final time in Long Beach, CA to become a hotel.

The Queen Mary has a long and interesting history, not only as a cruise liner and hotel, but as a WWII vessel. With all the deaths that occurred on her decks, rooms, and pool, it is no wonder she would be classified as one of Americas's most haunted hotels.

War Ghosts
The Queen Mary is reported to have 49 ghosts and most of these were troops. When she was enlisted into military service, the Queen Mary was stripped of her luxurious adornments and painted gray. Nicknamed "The Grey Ghost", she definitely earned her nickname!
Sailing home after the war.

One such reported ghost is a young seaman named John Henry who lied about his age to procure a position on the Queen Mary.  He worked in the boiler room and was soon crushed to death while trying to flee a fire. The haunting activity includes knocks and bright lights and even a vortex. Ịt's even been reported that the door to the engine room is sometimes hot to the touch.

Another ghost sounds like an old wives tale, but one that I can not disprove. Apparently the troops killed a chef because they did not like his cooking.  They stuffed him into the oven and burnt him alive as a lesson for bad cuisine. His screams still echo his horrible death to this day.

During its most deadly mission, "The Grey Ghost" had to zig zag to avoid enemy ships. Instead, she crashed into her companion ship, nearly cutting it in half and sending 239 men into the sea to either drown or be eaten by sharks. It is reported that mysterious pounding on the side of the Queen Mary is those men trying to signal to come on board. It is also said that men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal can be heard below decks at the extreme front end of the bow. Those who have heard this believe it to be the screams of the sailors at the moment the light cruiser was split in half by the liner.

Civilian Ghosts
Even though most of the Queen Mary's ghosts are military related, there have been a few deaths related to her luxury liner and hotel years. 

Superstition says that 13 is an unlucky number. On the Queen Mary is most definitely is! In 1942 John McKenzie was crushed to death by door #13 in shaft alley. The rumor is that he was actually held there as the door closed on him. In 1967 Crewman John Pedder was either caught there during a fire drill, or was playing chicken and lost. Now people often see shadows walk through the closed door

Door 13. The door has long been removed.

One of the most haunted spots of the ship is Cabin B340, which is no longer rented out due to the extreme paranormal activity, believed to be the result of the murder of an 8 year old girl named Dana. Some stories even say that Dana's murderer, her father, also killed her two sisters, mother, and also himself.  Cabin B340 is bigger than it originally was because the wall dividing room B338 and room B340 was removed. When the Queen Mary became a hotel, visitors kept sending complaints about sleeping in room B340. They were woken up in the middle of the night by the light turning on and off, the sink turning on and off, coat hangers floating above their heads, and bedspreads undoing themselves. The Queen Mary staff decided to not rent this haunted room to the public. It is, however, still used for research by paranormal experts..

Daniel is a little boy of 5 or 6 years of age people like to call the Blue Boy. He is often witnessed on the Promenade deck near the stairway and shops and has been seen in the observation bar. He seems to be looking for his parents and is always wearing blue, Edwardian clothing. It is believed he roams other areas of the ship as well.

The Pool
The Queen Mary actually featured two pools, one of which has been turned into a theater. The 1st class pool is still intact and open to tours. Though it is not filled with water it does house a few ghosts. 

A little girl named Jackie from either broke her neck or drowned. She now wanders the pool area and nursery looking for her doll or mommy. Jackie is sometimes accompanied by Sarah, another little girl that drowned in the pool in 1949. Visitors often hear the sound of splashing and children giggling. There are also lots of EVP's of little Jackie crying and talking.

There is also a lady wearing a 1930's bathing suit seen around the pool. She sometimes leaves wet footprints, even though there hasn't been water in the pool for decades. Apparently there is a second vortex in the pool area that was caused by the murder of a woman in locker 20. People will often see shadow people in the hallways of the dressing rooms.

The Queen Mary is an Art Deco beauty filled with history, secrets and obviously a few ghosts. If you have never visited it I highly suggest you do, even if you don't believe in ghosts. Hopefully I can take one of the ghost tours one of these days. It would be great to see all the haunted areas of this beautiful ship.

The Observation Bar


  1. Oh I love all these posts, this one is great!

  2. Really interesting! I'd love to take a tour around this ship too....even just for the awesome architecture on board :)

  3. Ooh, that gave me chills! I really should go visit the Queen Mary some time very soon...I've lived close by for so many years, and I even worked for a year at a restaurant almost directly across the street from the Queen Mary, and still I've never been!
    Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  4. I loved visiting the Queen Mary!! I even caught what seemed to be a picture of a shadow in the pool area!

    1. Fun!! I really wanna go to the pool there. My boyfriend would never do a ghost tour though. I'll have to take some girlfriends.


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