Family, Museums, Ships, Travel — January 13, 2015 4:46 pm

RMS Queen Mary

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Queen Mary (Jan-2015) ph 20150113_133954After leaving the Aquarium of the Pacific, the family made a quick stop to see the RMS Queen Mary on our way to the Lyon Air Museum to meet up with 447th BG veteran Murray Codman and see the B-17G Fuddy Duddy. In our time crunch there was no opportunity to find a vantage point to see the ship in its entirety but the kids definitely were impressed with the size of the ocean liner, and we found the Russian b-427 Scorpion Foxtrot Class submarine moored alongside.

The Queen Mary (originally intended to be christened Queen Victoria) made its maiden voyage in 1936, but the Cunard Line halted passenger service in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII and the QM became the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. She wore gray camouflage paint until the end of her military service in 1947 when she resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, Calif., and has called Southern California her home ever since.

Be sure too look for a little trickery by Mitchell in one of the panoramic shots I took.

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