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Haunted Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California

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The Bottom Line:

One of the most haunted hotels on record, the Queen Mary has a number of psychic "hot spots." This historic ocean liner is now permanently docked, but the ghostly activity continues. The hotel offers haunted history tours, so call ahead to reserve your spot.

The Story:

The First Class Swimming Pool, for instance, is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of two women who drowned there, one in the 1930s and the other in the 1960s. The changing rooms near the pool are the source of negative feelings detected by numerous psychics.

The Haunting:

Other haunted areas of the ship include the Queen's Salon (with the ghost of a young woman in a white dress), the First Class Suites (a man in a 1930s suit), the Forward Storage Room (children playing) and the Tourist Class Swimming Pool (a drowned woman). Cabin B340 is so full of disturbances, it is no longer rented out.

More Ghosts:

Bosun's Locker is the site where the Queen Mary once sliced through her escort ship while zig zagging to evade the Nazis. Because of wartime sailing orders, the Queen Mary was not permitted to stop for survivors, so over 300 men drowned. Pounding on the walls can still be heard in that area of the ship.

Lost Sailers:

The kitchen is another haunted area. During World War II, a cook was murdered by troops aboard the ship who didn't like his cooking. He was stuffed into an oven and burned to death, and his screams can still be heard.

In the Kitchen:

About 50 people have died on the Queen Mary, and as you would expect, the ship's Morgue is believed to be haunted as well. Among them was 18-year-old John Pedder, a crewman who was crushed by door #13 during a watertight drill and is sometimes spotted wearing the blue coveralls in which he died. Another was William Stark, who drank poison that the ship's captain was keeping in an old gin bottle.

There's Even a Morgue:

I spent a day recently hunting for ghosts aboard Queen Mary.

Haunted Tour:

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