Is the Queen Mary haunted? The folks who run the attraction would like you to think so. They offer several tours for ghost-seekers, so it's in their best interest.
But is the old ship actually haunted? She was called the Grey Ghost during her years as a World War II transport ship, but that was because of her color and speed and now for any stray spirits. Even now, with her service long over, the Queen Mary is still associated with ghosts: more than a dozen apparitions have been reported aboard the ship.
During her 60-year history, the Queen Mary was the site of 49 reported deaths, so there are plenty of potential spirits to haunt her hallways. Reported hauntings include a young crewman in the engine room, swimmers in the first-class pool, a man in black, and a woman in blue. In the Hotel Queen Mary, Room B340 is said to be one of the most haunted places on the ship.
The daily Queen Mary Ghosts and Legends Tour includes admission to a special exhibit and a self-guided tour of other places where ghosts have been sighted. You can also take a daytime haunted encounter tour.
But really, aren't ghost stories more fun in the dark? You can tour the Queen Mary at night to confirm that assertion.
Tour the Haunted Queen Mary at Night
If you want to explore the haunted aspects of the Queen Mary, try one of their night tours. If you take the dinner and ghost tour option, it's fun to get dressed up for the meal, but be sure your shoes are comfortable.
As on any of their tours, you'll climb a lot of stairs — and walk a long way.
Some of the places you'll visit, which are said to be the ship's most haunted parts, include the propeller box, engine room, boiler room, cargo hold and first class swimming pool.
Searching for Ghosts at the Queen Mary
When I toured the Queen Mary with paranormal expert Erika Frost some years ago, she said she had communicated with many of the spirit energies on board.
I'm a skeptic when it comes to paranormal phenomena. However, Frost seemed so sure about what she experienced there that I found myself hoping to see Henry when she said he was swirling around her head. I listened for the crying woman and tried to feel John's presence near door 13 where he died. However; I didn't see, hear or feel anything.
Some of my fellow searchers heard things, felt something, or experienced one or more of the signs of paranormal activity: dizziness, nausea or feeling hot or cold. Whether it was a paranormal occurrence that brought those on, the mere power of suggestion or the effects of too many cocktails at dinner, I can't say.
What I can say with certainty is that the Queen Mary is a fascinating, enormous old ship with a rich history. She's creepy at night the way any big, old structure can be. She makes noises that aren't easily explained. And ghosts or not, the tour goes into areas of the ship that you won't see on other tours. Whether you're a skeptic or believer in the paranormal, one of the Queen Mary ghost tours can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening.
Can't get to the Queen Mary to see those ghosts for yourself? These folks captured some images from the Queen Mary GhostCam.
You can get an opposing point of view from John Champion in the Skeptical Inquirer. It's titled The Queen Mary Is Not Haunted (But I Understand Why You Think She Is).
How to Visit the Queen Mary
The Queen Mary is at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. Y ou can get more details about how to visit her in the Queen Mary Visitor Guide or check out the Queen Mary Website