|The RMS Queen Mary|
Queen Mary during the fitting of her main funnels.
RMS Queen Mary is an ocean liner, commissioned by the Cunard Line (known at the time as Cunard-White Star Line) and Built by John Brown & Company in Clyde. She was launched on 26 September, 1934.
She is currently moored in Long Beach, California, where she acts as a public venue containing a hotel, restaurants, and a museum.
The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary as part of the Historic Hotels of America.
Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952 when she was beaten by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war.
The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.