The RMS Queen Mary‘s maiden voyage was in 1936. Until 1967, the ship sailed as a cruise liner and troopship. She carried “celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and dignitaries like Winston Churchill.” On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary docked in its final location in Long Beach, California, where it was transformed into a hotel and museum. (source)
Now, I’m not just writing this to give you a history lesson. It’s said that the RMS Queen Mary, nicknamed “The Gray Ghost” in WWII, is haunted. It was even been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine.
The ship’s psychic, Peter James, claims that he’s had contact with over 150 spirits on board the retired luxury liner. Among these is a young sailor named John Henry who was crushed in the engine room while running from a fire. Many claim that they’ve heard knocks and seen bright lights with no source in engine room 13.
Another spirit is said to be a man who once slipped the steward a tip with a request for a female companion after his luggage was checked and stowed. A female companion was found and sent to the man’s cabin, B340. The next morning, however, when the man did not show up for breakfast, the staff checked his cabin to find the female companion dead. Not only was the mysterious stranger nowhere to be found, but there was also no record of him coming aboard at all.
Other spirits include ghostly children in the pool area and nursery, a “Lady in White” who has never been identified, and a former cook who was cooked alive in his own oven by soldiers who couldn’t stand his food.
While I’ve been on the RMS Queen Mary several times, I can say that I’ve never experienced any paranormal activity. Granted, I’ve never been on the ship at night, but it’s on my list of things to do. I’d like to take the tours and stay in one of the rooms at some point.
I know several people who’ve claimed to see spirits on board, so I’m excited for the day when I can finally see what all the fuss is about.
Do you have a paranormal Queen Mary story you’d like to tell us about?