Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for a Queen Mary Quatrain

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.

The queen of the seas, alone in her class
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?


13 comments:

Gossip_Grl said...

Very interesting story. In my town we have several historical sites. One is Belle Boyd, she was a spy during Civil War.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

We have a lot of Native American landmarks and ruins near us.

M Pax said...

We have Fort Rock where the oldest pair of shoes was found. A 9,000 year old pair of sandals.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I've never heard of Belle Boyd. I'm going to Google her and have a look around. Thanks for sharing.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I enjoy meandering through Native American landmarks. I am always amazed at their ingenuity.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

What a cool find! My shoes don't even last five years let alone 9,000! That was a very talented shoe maker.

Sheila Siler said...

We have the U.S. North Carolina (battleship) about 4 hours away. Thanks for stopping by . . . love our "Scribbles" name!

Lisa said...

What a great post! I love your blog and what you do with it. Great ideas and information. Thanks for being a part of the a to z blogging challenge so I could find you! We have a landmark called the "Crescent." It is the only "plantation" home formed in the shape of a crescent. It's found in Valdosta, Georgia and is home to nine different garden clubs, who saved it from demolition there is a great photo of it here, or you can google it. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

Teresa Cypher aka T K CypherBuss said...

Love this post. I had heard of the "Queen Mary", but didn't realize that a person could stay overnight.

I live pretty close to the old St. Patrick log church in western Pa. It is almost 200 years old. Neat place to visit. And, I am a little over an hour away from the (newer history) Flight 93 crash site.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I love the "Scribbles" name too. Great minds...

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you! It has been a bit of a challenge, but I'm having fun along the way AND meeting so many WONDERFUL bloggers. I've always wanted to go to Georgia. You have just given me another reason to visit.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Glad to give you some new insight on the Queen Mary. How scary to be so close to the Fight 93 crash. I hope to make to Pa. one day because I hear the whole town of Hershey smells like chocolate!

lynnelives said...

I had no idea that's where the Queen Mary is. It's so good she's didn't get scrapped and lying dormant somewhere.
Peterborough Cathedral's got to be my nearest.. ooh no it isn't, I live minutes away from Flag Fen which has a bronze-age wooden causeway and platform. Mustn't forget that one.
Thanks for popping by. You've got a great AtoZ here.

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