The Queen Mary is many things for Long Beach citizens: An equal source of annoyance and pride, much in the vein of the Hollywood sign for Angelenos, the Queen is the immigrant we will never let go of—even if the thing is haunted enough to be formally named one of the spookiest places in the country.
Publishing giant Condé Nast has listed the ship as one of the most haunted places in the States in a list that has been updated since it was first published three years ago.
The list has the Queen docking alongside other well-known goosebump-inducing places, like California’s Winchester mansion and West Virginia’s Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum—and rightfully so. After all, we ourselves have discussed the Queen Mary’s long history of ghosts and ghouls, presenting the ship’s haunts a la video and some tongue-in-cheek graphics:
The Queen is well-known for its on-board deaths—and Condé Nast’s traveling section takes use of these creepy stories to describe Her Majesty’s darker side:
Aside from a brief stint as a war ship in World War II, the RMS Queen Mary served as a luxury ocean liner from 1936 to 1967. During that time, it was the site of at least one murder, a sailor being crushed to death by a door in the engine room, and children drowning in the pool. The city of Long Beach purchased the ship in 1967 and turned it into a hotel, and it still serves that purpose today—although the reported ghosts of the deceased passengers get to stay for free. (For an extra dose of spine-tingling experiences, see if you can visit the ship’s engine room, which is considered by many to be a “hotbed” of paranormal activity.)
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