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The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

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Queen Mary

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.

The Queen Mary was built at a time before trans-Atlantic air travel. Both rich and poor crossed the ocean in this vessel, on different decks. The rich brought their own cars and over one hundred pieces of luggage, the poor carried cardboard suitcases. During World War II, both rich and poor traveled in the same cramped spaces, carrying only a duffle bag. During the war, the Queen Mary ran without destroyer escort because no other vessel could keep up with her superior speed of 28.5 knots.
The ship was built for Cunard Steamship Company, Limited by John Brown and Company, Limited of Clydebank, Scotland. The keel was laid on December 1, 1930 and she was launched on September 26, 1934 with her maiden voyage beginning May 27, 1936. The Queen's overall length is 1,019.5 feet (310.74 meters), width is 118 feet (35.97 meters), and total height from keel to smoke stacks is 181 feet (55.17 meters) with a draft of 39 feet - 4 9/16 inches.
The Queen Mary, once considered the grandest ocean liner ever built, and affectionately called "The Grey Ghost" during the war, was retired in 1967 and moved to her new home and new job as hotel, museum, and entertainment center in the City of Long Beach. There are several tours available today, although the original Jacques Cousteau Living Sea exhibit is long gone. There is a tour of the ship, the popular Ghosts and Legends tour, and early this century, she was joined by a Russian Sub with its own tour. For several years, the famous Howard Hughes H2 Spruce Goose was housed in the large done, but it was moved to Oregon in the late 20th Century. The dome has been used for filming and now is the departure point for cruise liners. A small reproduction English Village with shops and restaurants is shore side.
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, Ca 90802-6390

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