Long Beach is home to the famous Queen Mary, a ship built in the UK in the 1930’s that sailed its way through the Great Depression, World War II, and the 40’s and 50’s as a transatlantic travel vessel. Since 1967, it has sat off the coast of Long Beach, CA as a hotel and tourist landmark.
The rich history of Queen Mary is best described in her WWII days, when over 16,000 American troops traveled aboard. This is still the standing record for most passengers ever transported on one vessel.
Adolf Hitler once offered a quarter of a million dollars and the Iron Cross to the captain who could sink the Queen Mary. Winston Churchill also sailed aboard the ship, signing the D-Day Declaration during his travel.