By Mckinley Quiroz
This week The Queen Mary celebrated its 80th anniversary of public life with a commemorative documentary of its significant past and a look at its fascinating modern amenities.
Welcomed to Long Beach and serving as an iconic symbol for the city since 1967, the ship is the only one of her era that still remains in public service and continues to attract thousands of visitors each month.
To commemorate the ship that has outlasted time, BBC, Smithsonian Channel, and Scottish Television Co-produced a new hour-long documentary dedicated to the Voyages of the Queen Mary told by crew members, passengers, and wartime guests.
Among those guest in attendance were war brides- Anne Wiechert and Jean Dahler who shared warmful memories of their voyage on The Queen Mary to America.
Media invitees were given a first look earlier this week at the new BBC documentary where several cast members in attendance gave further insight of their travels. The documentary is currently available to watch for UK viewers, and an American version is to be released this August.
As part of this grand anniversary, the The Queen Mary also hosted its first ever gallery exhibition of paintings by Sir Winston Churchill. The gallery was dedicated by Randall Churchill, Winston Churchill’s great-grandson.
With over 1 million visitors each year, The Queen Mary has become one of Southern California’s most unique historical destinations to visit. Its spacious ballrooms, Art Deco-theme, and modernized amenities make this floating museum give guest a sense of the past and future.
To organize events, celebrate the ships 80th anniversary, and learn more about all its “must see” attractions please visit The Queen Mary located in the Port of Long Beach and the website (www.queenmary.com) for more information.