In this edition of the Paranormal Paragraphs, we are taking a step toward the dark and discussing spirits and ghosts in one of the most well-documented paranormal cases, The Queen Mary. The Queen Mary is a ship that spent 30 years working at sea before permanently being docked at long beach. The Queen Mary also served in World War II as a troop transport ship which some say served as a reason for its many hauntings.
The Queen Mary was launched on September 26th, 1934, and underwent sea trials before making her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City on May 27th, 1936. She was the largest and fastest passenger ship of her time, measuring over 1,000 feet long and weighing 81,237 tons. Her top speed was 30 knots or 35 mph. During World War II, the Queen Mary was commissioned as a troop ship and transported up to 15,000 troops at a time. She was painted grey and known as the “Grey Ghost” because of her speed and ability to evade German U-boats. After the war, the Queen Mary was refurbished and returned to passenger service in 1947.
She continued to sail the Atlantic Ocean until 1967, when she was retired and permanently docked in Long Beach, California. The Queen Mary was converted into a hotel and museum in 1971 and remains a popular tourist attraction today. Many people believe that the Queen Mary is haunted by the ghosts of its past passengers and crew members. Over the years, there have been countless reports of strange sightings and ghostly encounters aboard the ship. Whether it be ghosts from World War II or a young girl, many have reported encounters of a paranormal nature.
Some of the most famous ghosts of the Queen Mary include:
- The Lady in White – This ghost is said to be the spirit of a woman who died on the ship during its early days as a passenger liner. She is often seen wandering the halls in a white gown, and many guests have reported feeling a sudden chill or brush of cold air when she passes by.
2. John Henry – John Henry was a crew member who died in the ship’s boiler room during World War II. His ghost has been spotted multiple times, and guests have reported hearing strange noises and feeling an eerie presence in the boiler room.
3. The Children – Several ghostly children are said to haunt the Queen Mary. One of the most famous is a little girl named Jackie, who drowned in the ship’s pool during the 1950s. She has been seen playing around the pool area, and many guests have reported hearing her giggling and laughing.
Despite the many ghostly encounters reported on the Queen Mary, some people remain skeptical. However, the ship offers a unique and spine-tingling experience for those who believe in the paranormal. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, there’s no denying the Queen Mary’s fascinating history and enduring popularity as a haunted attraction.
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