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Haunting on the Decks of the Queen Mary

One of America’s most haunted locations—with her sordid history, it’s no wonder guests leave in the middle of the night.

Docked in Long Beach Harbor, California, the RMS Queen Mary is one of the most haunted locations in the United States. The ship itself is larger than the Titanic, at about 1000 feet. She made her maiden voyage in 1936, and for three years hosted many rich and famous guests, including Winston Churchill, Clark Gable, and Greta Garbo. When World War II broke out, the luxury liner was transformed into “The Grey Ghost,” a ship that housed more than 80 thousand soldiers, and was a major part of D-Day. After the war was over, she was refurbished and was once again a cruise liner. Once air travel became more popular, cruises on the Queen Mary dwindled. She was later purchased and docked, only to become a maritime hotel.

There are over 150 known spirits lurking around the ship. If the history isn’t enough to spook you, 288 deaths have been linked to the ship. About 239 of those deaths were caused by the ship colliding with her escorting vessel during the Second World War. Of the 338 crew members, only 99 survived. The remaining 49 deaths actually occurred on the Queen Mary.

Door No. 13 in the Engine Room

One of the most infamous took place 50 feet underwater in the engine room; two men were crushed to death in two separate incidents at Door 13, the most recent being in 1966 during a watertight door drill, where the victim was an 18-year-old crew member. Guests report seeing the young man dressed in blue coveralls walking the length of the alley before disappearing by Door 13.

That isn’t the only tragic story concerning a death on the Queen Mary. In room B-474, a man murdered his wife and three daughters. Two of the daughters along with the mother were strangled, while the other was found next to the father in the bathroom. He had shot her and then killed himself. 

Room B-340 as It Looks Today 

At the end of a long, looming hallway on B-Deck is an unmarked room: B-340. This room has a history of its own. A staff member was brutally murdered in the room at one point. During the 1960s during one of its last cruises, a man brutally murdered two women. When this was discovered by crew members, they locked the man in room B226 until the ship docked and he could be taken to prison. The man was locked inside while a guard stood watch outside of the door. After a few hours, the guard heard the man madly pounding on the door, screaming that someone was trying to kill him. The guard ignored him, thinking that it was a lie so the man could escape. After some time, there was silence in the room. The guard assumed the man went to sleep. When the ship arrived in New York the next day, the crew alerted the police to what happened. When the police arrived and opened the door, they saw a gruesome sight. The man had literally been ripped apart; his entrails spread across the room. There was no way this man could have done this to himself and with only one way in and out, there was no one in the room with the man. No one human at least.

That isn’t the only legend about the room. There are dozens of stories, each accounting a different murder that took place in this room. However, no ship records can be found about these events, and no one has been able to trace back exactly what happened.

Years later, three of the staterooms had been combined to one large room. Room B-226 joined two other rooms which would later be numbered: B-340. So many guests complained about loud bangs, the faucet turning on by itself, and other paranormal events that grew increasingly violent that the room was closed for many years. It is now open again for reservations, if a guest thinks they can make it through the night.

First Class Swimming Pool

There really is nowhere to escape the haunts on this ship, as the first and second class swimming pools are reportedly haunted as well. Women dressed in 1930s style swimwear are often seen on the decks of the first class swimming pool. Splashing sounds and wet foot prints have been seen leading from the pool to the changing area. A little girl named Jackie haunts the second class poolroom. According to legend, she drowned in the pool while it was still a cruise ship, and has haunted the ship ever since. 

Third Class Playroom

The suites and rooms are also said to be haunted. Guests frequently report a tall, dark-haired man in a 1930s suit seen around the first class suites.

The third class playroom is also home to a ghost. Many guests have heard the cries of a young baby, and records show that a baby died there shortly after its birth. 

Isolation Quarters, B-Deck 

In a secluded part of the ship on the B-Deck is where you can find the isolation quarters. This is where they would keep sick or troubled passengers who needed to be quarantined and kept away from other guests. Guests have heard whispers, singing, and tapping when in the isolation room. 

The ship is a beacon for paranormal activity. Guests often report unexplained knocking on doors and walls, doors slamming shut on their own, lights turning on and off, loud squeals, giggling children, running faucets, and disembodied voices.

Cold spots are felt throughout the ship and guests complain of an uneasy feeling. Often times the phone will ring and no one will be on the other end of the line. 

If you decide to visit the ship, be prepared to get a visit from some of the ship's past inhabitants. If you manage to stay the night on the ship, you may just get a wake up call from one of the many spirits roaming the decks of the Queen Mary.  

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