F.Y.I. I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge blogging poetry on vacation spots I've traveled to.
Stop by tomorrow &check out my Rhyme poem on the letter R.
Transatlantic splendor for the day’s elite
Thirty knots sails this queen, none quite as fast
Respected queen the jewel of the fleet
The Queen Mary is undoubtedly one of the most famous cruise ships in history. Beginning with her Maiden Voyage in 1936 she was destined to be one of a kind. Built by Cunard and White Star Line of RMS Titanic, as a luxurious ocean liner, the Queen Mary, was the preferred form of travel by dignitaries, celebrities and the world’s political leaders.
During World War II, the Queen a.k.a. the Grey Ghost due to her new camouflaged grey exterior, was pressed into serving and became the best troop transport the Allies owned. She was large enough to carry mass troops anywhere on the globe, fast enough to fear little from the German U-boats, and often sailed without escort; her 28.5-knot speed made her difficult to catch or intercept.
After the war, she was restored to her former glory and continued her transatlantic crossing until 1966 when Cunard announced plans to sell her due to the increased popularity of plane travel. Long Beach purchased the Queen Mary for $3.45 million dollars beginning her new life as a hotel and tourist attraction.
Today you can travel back in time and experience the majesty of the Queen Mary with self-guided tours, or choose to stay overnight in one of over 300 staterooms of which no two are alike. I have never stayed overnight, but I did visit the Queen on a school field trip and attended the wedding of a former co-worker aboard her.
The Queen Mary has been dry docked in Long Beach for over 40 years, yet she will always be remembered as the Queen of the Seas.
Muse For Today: Is there a historical landmark near you?