Day 147 – The RMS Queen Mary Spoon

This spoon, with a beautiful enameled piece at the top, is an original souvenir from the ocean liner R.M.S. Queen Mary, most likely sold on board after WWII, possibly in the 1950s.

On May 27, 1936 the Queen Mary, named after Mary of Teck, sailed her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. She was the jewel in the crown of the Cunard White Star Line’s luxury transatlantic voyages from 1936-1939. 

During World War II, her six miles of carpet, 220 cases of china, crystal and silver service, tapestries and paintings were removed and stored in warehouses and she was repainted navy grey, while she was used for transporting troops (up to 15,000 at a time) from Australia and New Zealand to England. 

After the war, the Queen Mary returned to service, but was ultimately retired in 1967 and is now docked in Long Beach, California, used as a hotel, dining, and entertainment venue.

Important to note: The Queen Mary is also one of the top 10 most haunted places in America. Spooky!