Sunday, March 27, 2011

Long Beach, California

I was able to go to Long Beach for a writers conference. While the conference was held at the Hyatt in downtown Long Beach, I stayed across the bay on the Queen Mary. I was the envy of the conference goers.
Queen Mary with the Russian sub The Scorpion
The ship is rich with history. Its maiden voyage was May 27, 1936. It was designed to serve as a luxury cruise vessel, but at the start of WWII in 1939, she was drafted into the war effort.

In 1966 she sailed her last time before being put on the auction block. With 20 something bids, Long Beach acquired her for $3.45M. (The next closest bid was something like 800k.)

The Queen Mary is huge! It is 1,019.5 ft. (310.74 m.) in length (The Titanic was 882.9 ft.) It still holds the record for the most passengers (soldiers) at 16k! The men had to take shifts sleeping, and they say the sheets were still warm from the last guy. Normal occupancy was 1,174.

Toward the bow of the ship on the sun deck.
Looking across to downtown Long Beach
I jumped in on a tour. We pause just below the entrance to Sir Winston's Lounge.
A port for cruise ships right next door.
In my bathroom. Passengers were able to choose the source of their water!
This is how I flushed my toilet.
Before AC became a staple.
This is how you get heat/cool air in your room/bathroom.
My room window with a great view.
 I took my roller blades on the trip. Each morning I went exploring. I made a new friend in a blue heron. He followed me around on my exploration.

Looking back toward the ship
My friend for a day.
My friend follows me.
My next post will show some of the funny things I saw in LA. Here is a hint, what do crazy, eastern block people do for work in LA?

1 comment:

  1. Loved the pictures especially the last one. Great work.