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RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

3rd July 2015

Recently I was lucky enough to go to California and stay on the RMS Queen Mary.

I thought you may like to see some of the photos of this lovely ship

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RMS Queen Mary in her moorings at Long Beach, California

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Built in Clydebank, Glasgow RMS Queen Mary was launched by King George V and Queen Mary on the 26th of September 1934.

The RMS Queen Mary cost £5,000,000 to build had a passenger capacity of 1,957 and had 1,174 crew.

The average speed 28.5 knots.

In comparison the RMS Titanic cost £1,500,000 to build with a passenger capacity of 2,500 with 860 crew, average speed 18.5 knots.

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The Queen Mary was built for speed, taking mail across the atlantic, she was a Royal Mail Steamer. This may have been her purpose, but she is famous for her Art Deco styling and luxury.

During the golden age of ocean travel the RMS Queen Mary was THE way to cross the Atlantic, the fabulous interior and accommodation with wonderful food made the 1st class lounges a meeting place for the film stars and politicians of the time.

There are photographs on board of Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother), The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney,Elizabeth Taylor and many other famous stars.

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I loved my stay, and would have loved to stay longer, I shall post the interior photographs on another blog

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The Queen Mary reception with my William Morris red strawberry thief and eyebright bags packed and ready to leave.

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