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On Location: Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary is a truly extraordinary filming location for many reasons, least of which is the sheer size of this vessel that calls Long Beach, California its home port. The ship itself is film friendly with ample space for crews and set up. Many film makers have chosen this location for the diversity they find within the ship. Poseidon Adventure, Death Cruise, Pearl Harbor and Chaplin are just a small sampling of the different films that have been filmed at this location. Television shows like Will & Grace and JAG have also been shot on location at The Queen Mary.
The filming and entertainment industry has found The Queen Mary diverse enough to use as a location for commercials and music videos as well. Even Playboy has done photo shoots aboard The Queen Mary. This ocean liner in Long Beach, California is an excellent example of the many diverse locations in the state that Hollywood utilizes for production, in turn immortalizing a piece of rich historical property through film for the general public.
The Queen Mary is a historic Art Deco ocean liner, with every imaginable space type available right aboard the ship. There are 16 authentic ballrooms and 365 hotel staterooms. The ship offers restaurants, bars, indoor pools and even a jail. Film crews have access to kitchens, stairways, lobbies, engines and boiler rooms, with the inclusion of a Cold War era Russian submarine.
The Queen Mary was constructed by John Brown & Co. LTD of Clydebank, Scotland under the commission of Cunard Steamship Co. LTD with the keel being laid December 1, 1930, with its maiden voyage setting sail on May 27, 1936. There are 12 decks aboard The Queen Mary and over 2,000 port holes.
Interestingly, the ship is named after the consort of King George V of the United Kingdom, Mary of Teck instead of keeping with a tradition of the company to use names that ended in ‘ia’. The company actually asked for the king’s permission to name the ship after what they said was, “Britain’s greatest queen”. Mary of Teck formally announced that she would be thrilled to have the ocean liner named after her and so it came to pass though this story has been denied by some of the ship company’s officials.
An Important Role in History:
This ocean liner also saw war service from March of 1940 until September of 1946. Interestingly, The Queen Mary has garnered a rich history through its wartime service. The ship transported Winston Churchill three times to different conferences and carried over 12,500 G.I brides and children back to the United States during its wartime commission. Adolf Hitler offered the Iron Cross and the equivalent of over two hundred-fifty thousand dollars to the U-boat commander who could sink The Queen Mary. A German U-boat was nearly successful after spies reported the ships refueling stop, but The Queen Mary’s crew were alerted in time, changing their course and evading the Germans again.
During The Queen Mary’s wartime service as a transport ship during World War II she was called the ‘Grey Ghost’ because of her speed and camouflaging colors that made her hard to detect. The ocean liner is said to be haunted to this day which gives this location even more appeal for filmmakers and the general public alike. There have been reported sightings of apparitions and over paranormal phenomenon in the engine room, first-class pool, the cargo hold, the nursery and several other locations aboard the vessel.
Retirement at Long Beach
The Queen Mary was retired from regular passenger service in September of 1967 and arrived in Long Beach, California in December of that same year when the ship was removed from the British registry and officially turned over to the ownership of the City of Long Beach.
The ocean liner has been a historical place of interest to the general public and filmmakers alike ever since that time. The Queen Mary is an excellent filming location in the state of California and a point of pride to the citizens of Long Beach. With its authentic Art Deco style and vast amounts of diverse space, The Queen Mary is a great asset to the filming community.