The RMS Queen Mary is one of the most famous cruise ships of all time. Paranormal activity that has been reported throughout the ship include the sounds of knocking, doors slamming and high pitched squeals and drastic temperature changes.
The Queen Mary has been a permanent feature in Long Beach, California for a couple of decades and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is permanently berthed in Long Beach, California serving as a museum ship and hotel and popular tourist attraction. It has also gained a reputation as one of the most haunted structures in the world.
The Queen Mary sailed her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936. Built in Scotland the liner was to be used as part of a two-ship express service from Southampton, to Cherbourg to New York. The Queen Mary is 1,000 feet long, and in her day was said to be bigger, faster and more powerful than the Titanic. She also held the record for the fastest North Atlantic crossing. The historic ocean liner’s passengers included the most celebrated people of the time, including royalty, top entertainment figures and important world leaders.
The liner was used during World War II for transporting troops, it was nick named the Grey Ghost because of its colour and the way it sailed smoothly on water. After the war it returned to its original purpose as a cruise ship until its retirement in 1967.
During the war, tragedy struck the Queen Mary, a cruiser HMS Curacao met up with the liner 200 miles off the coast of Scotland to escort her into Greenock. During the night there was a collision between the two ships, the Queen Mary sliced the cruiser in two. The Queen Mary just carried on going, it was the policy not to stop and pick up survivors, it was considered too dangerous as the threat from U-Boats was always present.
More than 300 soldiers had been on board HMS Curacao many survivors were left to drown or freeze to death. Visitors and guests have since reported hearing the banging on the side of the ship, of the lost souls of the 300 or more that died.
One of the ghosts that haunt the Queen Mary is that of a young crewman, named John Henry. John had lied about his age to secure work aboard the liner; he worked in engine room 13. John’s life was cut short when he was crushed to death whilst trying to flee a fire in the engine room. To this day, knocks and bright lights can be heard and seen around engine room 13. It’s even been reported that the door to the engine room is sometimes hot to touch; workers have reported hearing screams and smoke.
John Pedder was a fireman in 1966 on board the Queen Mary; he was in his late teens when he was tragically crushed to death by a watertight door during a routine drill. Unexplained knocking has been heard around the door, and a tour guide reported seeing a figure dressed in dark clothing as she was leaving the area where the young man had been killed. She saw his face and recognized him from his photographs. The young man’s ghost has been seen walking along Shaft Alley before disappearing by door number 13. This famous door was used in the filming of the Poseidon Adventure and has reportedly crushed at least two men during the ship’s history.
The old first-class swimming pool is a hot spot for paranormal activity according to many psychics who have explored the Queen Mary. Psychics have identified one of the spirits here as Sarah a young woman who was murdered in the first class women’s change rooms. Witnesses have seen wet footprints mysteriously appear in front of them even though the pool has been empty for the past 30 years. These footsteps often lead from the deck of the pool to the changing rooms.
The apparitions of women in vintage bathing suits are occasionally seen around the pool and close to the old changing rooms, along with disembodied voices, laughter and splashing sounds. There have also been reports of people seeing the ghost of a young girl carrying a teddy bear around the empty pool.In the second class pool area the spirit of another little girl named Jackie has been seen and heard. The girl drowned in the pool during the ship’s sailing days, her voice and the sound of laughter has been captured during EVP sessions in this area.
There have been reports from visitors and staff of the sound of children crying in what was the third class playroom. There have also been reports of a single baby’s cry; this has been attributed to that of a baby who died shortly after being born aboard the ship.
In the first-class staterooms there have been reports of a tall, dark haired figure wearing a 1930’s style suit. The sightings of the apparition are usually accompanied by the faucets and lights turning on and off. The phones in the staterooms often ring in the early morning hours but no one is ever on the other end of the line.
There are several other reports of sightings about the ship including a beautiful young woman in an elegant white evening gown who dances alone in a shadowy corner of the salon, which was once used as the ship’s first-class lounge. Another mysterious woman in white has been seen close to the front desk, she will usually disappear behind a pillar.
Other paranormal activity that has been reported throughout the ship include the sounds of knocking, doors slamming and high pitched squeals, drastic temperature changes, and the fragrant smells of another time.
The Queen Mary has been investigated by a number of paranormal professionals, and TV shows like Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted. Visitors to the Queen Mary now have the chance to do some ghost hunting of their own. The daily Ghosts and Legends Tour includes admission to special Ghosts and Legends exhibit and a self-guided tour to other places where ghosts have been seen.