The RMS Queen Mary – Memories

by John MacFarlane 2012

Queen Mary Memories

In 1962 it didn’t take as much to impress young teenagers as it does now. My sister and I encountered the RMS Queen Mary in New York City and were mesmerized by the shear size of the vessel. Later we "donated" fifty cents each (a lot of money for a kid to spend at that time) to the Longshoreman’s Benevolent Fund for the privilege of going on board.

We were able to wander anywhere in the ship with the price of admission – only having to pay attention to the announcement "all ashore who’s going ashore" at the end of the afternoon. Visiting the ship now in her home in California fails to recapture the feel of the vibration of the ship’s engines, and the hustle and bustle of passengers, crew and visitors. I’m glad I spent the price of admission – I’ve never forgotten the experience.

I think this was one of many early experiences that formed the structure for my interest in and love of all things maritime in my life.

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