Long Beach – The Mary Queen

A day trip to LA from the east coast was tiring, to say the least. Particularly when it was not for pleasure. I landed yesterday mid-morning and since then I was in meetings up until 4:00 PM today. Even the dinner and lunchtime was occupied with business meetings.

The 3 hour time difference, woke me up around 4 in the morning. I tossed and turned for a while and eventually ditched the bed for good. I worked out for an hour training weights and then did a high cardio run for about 20 minutes. I felt refreshed and the day went pass like a charm.

My first ever trip to the USA, before I moved here for good, was to LA. Every time I came for a business trip to this place, I never took time out to venture the place. It was always airport, hotel, office and back to the airport. I never explored LA again to rekindle the yesteryear’s fond memories.

My last meeting today was on the 15th floor. The conference room was facing the famous Long Beach harbor. Apparently, the Long Beach harbor is one of the longest sea ports in the US. The gentleman who was hosting us announced that the 3-4 miles of distance between the office and the harbor were all reclaimed land. About 20 years back it was all ocean. As I was marveling the human ingenuity I saw a long old ship at the faraway horizon. I was gazing at the gigantic structure for long when my host announced that it was the famous Queen Mary ship. Once taming the ocean now a piece of historical significance.

The Queen Mary from the 15th floor

My meeting ended at 4:00 PM and my flight back home was not until 8:40 PM. This time I decided to break the routine LA business trip monotony, and paid a visit to witness the famous ship from close proximity.

The Mary Queen was a marquee ocean liner of British company Cunard Ship Line. The Cunard particularly drew my interest, for I just finished a book called Dead Wake, written by Erik Larson. It was a real story about a ship called Lusitania, which tragically got torpedoed by a German U boat during the First World War. If you have not read, I highly recommend reading it.

Me by the the Queen Mary

The Mary Queen graced the Atlantic Ocean ferrying passengers between London and New York between the years 1936 and 1946. The ship now lies insentient and was a major tourist attraction. It was converted to a docked hotel and a dine in famous restaurant.

A genial smile crossed my lips thinking how humans had successfully transformed a junk ship into a revenue generating opportune. I took a cab back to the airport and used my flight wait time to write this blog.

Thank you for reading

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56 thoughts on “Long Beach – The Mary Queen”

  1. Since you travel so much you must share more of such posts๐Ÿ˜Š
    I have a pic with the Queen Mary too and many wonderful memories from LA trips especially the visit to Catalina island(I dunno if it’s part of LA but its beautiful ๐Ÿ˜„)

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      1. First of all I am too lazy to search those pics in laptop๐Ÿ˜„
        Secondly I ain’t allowed to post personal pics on social media๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚
        But since I started photography I click lots of pics which don’t have family so will plan to post those along with my trip experiences๐Ÿ˜Š

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