Queen Mary in April, 1978
My family and myself visited the Queen Mary in April, 1978. While I
was only eight years old at the time, I did get a big impression from
hiking all over the ship. I can remember being led from stem
to stern, from funnel to the very bottom of the ship by a tour guide
and the whole tour lasted two hours! Now, I have heard that
complaints from some of the more elderly visitors about all the
stairways and walking brought that tour to its demise.
The Bow during a Two-Hour tour in
Here we can see a tour guide speaking to the group through a hidden
PA system on the bow of the ship. I can remember this woman was
very entertaining and very knowledgable about the ship.
Port Lifeboats, 1978
The 24 lifeboats aboard the Queen Mary could each seat up to 145
passengers and were powered by diesel engines. As seen in this
picture the boats had no covers on them in 1978 allowing the visitor
a glimpse inside. Now they are covered in blue tarpaulins courtesy
of the Disney Corporation, who ran the ship after buying the original
operator, The Wrather Corporation. Disney operated the ship and hotel
until 1992 when after losing money it closed the hotel and ship from
the public and it looked like the Queen Mary was going to the breakers.
Thankfully, she was rescued by the current operator, Joe Prevratil, and
today he and his organization, RMS Foundation, run the ship and hotel better than ever before.
View From Bridge Wing, 1978
The view from the port bridge wing in 1978. Note the absence of the
Catalina Island Ferry Service dock.
The Tip of the Bow, 1978
Here is a view of the very end of the bow, or the beginning of the ship.
The telegraphs are part of the elaborate docking machinery on the foc'sle
and aided in communication with the bridge. The captain would issue
orders from the bridge, and they would be communicated to this area
from identical telegraphs located on the docking bridges on either side
of the main wheelhouse.. Thus directed,
the men on the foc'sle would carry out the orders and via these telegraphs
could relay back to the bridge an 'all clear' signal when the anchor
chains were up or ropes were free of the dock.