The crown jewel of British shipbuilding, the RMS Queen Mary is indeed the unrivaled "queen of the seas." With her rich art deco design, the Queen Mary began her journey as a luxurious cruise liner. She then proved her worth and courage during World War II before coming to rest at Long Beach, California, and once again opening her decks to the public as a museum and hotel. In this book, paranormal researcher and author Nicole Strickland takes you on an exciting tour of the ship's rich history, from her construction and maiden voyage to the paranormal encounters of the present-day.
.I loved this book. As a fan of the ship who had a ghostly experience aboard, I was so pleased with the historical detail, as well as the intense knowledge about the spirits. The photos are a bonus too. Though black and white, they are a useful guide for when one goes aboard the ship. I have since become a huge fan of the author after reading this book, following her adventures as she goes on ghost investigations and communes with the other side. What a remarkable life, and an extraordinary talent. Recommended for any history lover and ghost hunter!
Learn of Mary's history from initial design, service, introduction to WW2, and her retirement to Long Beach, CA. As Nicole Strickland states, "History and the paranormal are closely connected. They are relatives with a dear kinship." With Mary's rich history it's no wonder why The Queen Mary is in America's Top 10 haunted places. The paranormal aspect of the ship is detailed to the fullest. Specific spirits are acknowledged and their stories told. Hot spot locations are identified and the reported activity associated with it. Also, read first hand accounts from people who stayed aboard and had paranormal experiences. Nicole offers her theories on why Mary is bustling with activity. Being a well respected paranormal researcher, she is able to accomplish this without any hype or propaganda. One can see the love and connection she has for the ship and this is shared with the reader. Haunted Queen of the Seas covers it all!
If you've never been on the Queen Mary, you're missing an experience of a lifetime! Strickland is a known and respected expert on the QM and this book is an absolute gem, filled with the history, and mystery, of this remarkable haunted ship. A highly recommended book for anyone who likes history, the paranormal, and the glory of a ship now grounded at port, but just as intriguing as ever.
Great read! If you have been to the Queen Mary you will love this book, if you plan to visit the Queen Mary you will also love this book and if you never thought about going to the Queen Mary then you must read this book and see what your missing!
This is a beautiful book written by someone who clearly loves the Queen Mary and her permanent occupants. Nicole's love for her subject shines through every word. It's a must read.
"For the three years following her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary carried passengers from all walks of life on the North Atlantic run. Soon, however, the joyful glee and carefree lifestyle aboard the ship was to be overshadowed by the imminent dark clouds of war. The stately liner made her last peacetime sailing in August of 1939. The next few years ultimately tested the Mary's strength, endurance and courage, as she was tasked with the perilous responsibility of being a troopship. For the entire duration of this unforgettable and horrific battle, the Queen Mary continued to prove her reign on the seas. It was during this time that she and her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth helped save the lives of numerous men, women and children while also forging a healthy relationship between the United States and Britain."
"The time was approximately 10:00 a.m. when the light cruiser sailed about five miles ahead of the Mary. Right away, a sequence of events and circumstances began to take shape and form, ultimately leading up to the heartbreaking catastrophe. For one, the smaller vessel could only travel at a maximum speed of 25 knots, 1.5 knots slower than her larger convoy. Their differing sailing rates led up to the Queen Mary surpassing her escort ship in just four short hours, leaving Captain Boutwood without the critical information necessary to locate the larger liner at the exact time the two ships collided."
"In December of 1967, the City of Long Beach made history by welcoming the RMS Queen Mary, the most lavish and historically significant vessel of all time. As the Mary slowly made its way into Long Beach's harbor, it was surrounded by a flotilla of boats and crowds of spectators. In fact, 5,000 vessels awaited the Mary as she regally made her way into Long Beach. Cabin cruisers and Coast Guard cutters greeted the ship. Tugs guided the liner to Pier E. At 12:07 p.m., Captain John Treasure Jones signaled "finished with engines" for the final time directly from the bridge telegraph."
"This book would certainly not be complete without giving an overview of the Queen's haunted voices, that is, the paranormal occurrences that exist throughout her inner walls and hull. There are many spirits that reside on the ship; however, there are certain ethereal energies that are more widely known among the ship's employees and visitors."