069 Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA
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Is the Queen Mary Haunted?

Is the Queen Mary Haunted? The RMS Queen Mary is often called one of the most haunted places in the world. Let’s explore this luxury ocean liner’s amazing history and then dive into it’s most famous ghost stories. Then you decide – do ghosts haunt this ship?

Questions Explored in this Episode

When was this luxury liner built? How long did it take to built and how much did it cost? How did it get its name? What was it’s job during World War II? Why did it go out of service? How did it end up moored off of Long Beach, California? Who are its most famous ghosts? Why do people say it’s haunted? What paranormal activity have people experienced while staying at this floating hotel? Is it haunted?

Queen Mary Cunard White Star To Europe Baggage Tag
Cunard White Star To Europe Baggage Tag

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History of the Queen Mary

Pat explores the history of the this famous ship. The British government funded the ship with a loan and it first sailed in 1934. During WWII, the ship operated as a troopship carrying Allied soldiers, nicknamed the Grey Ghost. After its retirement, this luxury liner was moored off Long Beach, California and has been made into a hotel and tourist attraction. For a short time, Disney considered buying the ship to use as a version of the Haunted Mansion attraction.

The Debate

Rebecca and Pat debate if it is haunted. One of the most haunted hotel rooms in the world is Stateroom B340. Another popular ghost is John Pedder, a shipmate killed by Hatch 13 in the boiler room. Lastly, the ghost of a little girl named Jackie haunts several places on the ship, but her favorite place is the first class pool.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary
The Queen Mary: https://www.queenmary.com/tours/tours-exhibits/haunted-encounters/ and https://www.queenmary.com/history/
Travel and Leisure: https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/most-haunted-hotel-america-queen-mary
Skeptical Inquirer: https://skepticalinquirer.org/2013/07/the-queen-mary-is-not-haunted-but-i-understand-why-you-think-she-is/
Haunted Death Ghost Videos (Lady in White Photo): http://hauntedearthghostvideos.blogspot.com/2012/10/white-lady-ghost-caught-on-queen-mary.html
YouTube – Grunge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk50qduemUY
Patch: https://patch.com/california/longbeach-ca/queen-mary-historical-landmark-haunted-or-it-hoax
SF Gate: https://www.sfgate.com/disneyland/article/How-Disney-tried-to-turn-the-Queen-Mary-into-a-15689671.php
Arcadia Publishing: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Navigation/Community/Arcadia-and-THP-Blog/December-2017/%E2%80%8BLegendary-Ghosts-of-the-Queen-Mary
Yesterday’s America: https://yesterdaysamerica.com/is-the-rms-queen-mary-haunted/
The Hundreds: https://thehundreds.com/blogs/content/queen-mary-a-haunting-in-long-beach
Unsolved Mysteries Fandom: https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/The_Queen_Mary
Queen Mary Cruises: http://www.queenmarycruises.net/queen-mary-ship-haunted/
Ranker: https://www.ranker.com/list/ghost-stories-from-the-haunted-queen-mary/sabrina-ithal
Mirror: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/ghost-spotted-paranormal-investigator-board-13311730
The QE 2 Story: https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=1443.0
The Dead History: https://www.thedeadhistory.com/ghost-of-officer-stark/
Paranormal Legacy: https://paranormallegacy.com/the-history-of-the-queen-mary-ship/

Music for this episode performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com