The RMS Queen Mary

Long Beach, California

The Royal Mail Ship Queen Mary had a long and illustrious career. Her early years began with her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936, as the prize of the Cunard Line. She carried 1,742 passengers (708 in First Class; 631 in Second Class; 403 in Third Class); a crew of 1,186 men and women; 100 reporters; 6,124 sacks of mail, and during her maiden voyage, the BBC installed a number of microphones aboard ship to broadcast the event around the world. In addition, three telephone operators were in place to handle the 600 telephone receivers which were locate in the First Class cabins, as well as on the ship's decks. The passengers had the novelty of being able to ring each other on board, as well as calling home while at sea.

The Queen Mary is not the first ship to be haunted, and it certainly won't be the last. A ship that has traveled so long and so far, and has carried so many people to so many places, has countless memories stored within the rooms and corridors of its massive metal framework. There are cold spots, phantom gusts of wind, objects moving or disappearing and unexplainable electrical problems. One can hear the clanking of chains, oil drums banging and footsteps echoing in the darkness. Some people hear glasses clink and laughter ring out in the dead of the night, perhaps as part of a continuing party from a bygone era.


Russian Scorpion Foxtrox-Class Submarine Built 1972, Length 299'6" Beam 24'7", Draft 20',
Displacement 1952 tons surfaced,  Speed 16 knots Complement 56 Sailors, 10 midshipmen, 12 Officers

In 1989, Scorpion was returning to Vladivostok from Vietnam when it ran into a typhoon.
A mechanical breakdown which could not be fixed in time prevented the sub from diving.
The storm battered  the  boat mercilessly, destroying the light hull and damaging the ballast tanks
 and high pressure air bottles.  It limped back to Vladivostok where it was repaired and refitted with a new light hull.

At the stern you can see the Carnival Cruise
Line new dock and the terminal is the Dome






The white box in the center of the roof is
the Wireless Room, ARALB / W6RO


Ramp at the bow is the Ghost and Legions entrance,
the second ramp is the Queen Mary Hotel Entrance.




Entrance to the Wireless Room and Radio Room

Open deck area was the ships Tennis Court


In the back ground on the left the new Carnival Cruise
Line Parting Structure.


Between the two stacks or funnels is the roof of
the Grand Ball Room.



The antenna between the stacks are the ships Marconi
antenna's not used now. They have a 40 meter dipole and
a DKN 10-80 meter attached, that we use now.






Looking forward toward the bridge, this is an example of what the inside of the ship looks like. This upper midsection is just a huge myriad of toothpicks arranged to form a skeletal form. As the work progresses, all the bulkheads and upper works will take shape. The forward sections are separated from the rest of the ship so fest goers can see the hull and structure. The artist always exhibits his ships in this fashion. Many people want to know what is on the inside. And it looks cool, almost like the Titanic split in half.   Closer view of the hull from the water line. Here you can see how straight the 25 foot line is from stem to stern. If you look real close in this picture, you see the 1500 portholes drilled in the sides of the ship. Covering the holes are little porthole covers made from thin gage aluminum wire. Tedious work? you ask? Yes very tedious !