|Painters have long been inspired by great works of art in other media. Here, the medium is steel, glass, wood, and maritime history.|
|The RMS Queen Mary today in Long Beach, California. |
Visiting In the background is her modern-day namesake.
|A cabin aboard the Queen Mary today gives a|
hint of what a crossing might have been like
during the ship's transatlantic days.
The Queen Mary, and her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth (now scrapped, a victim of an onboard fire in 1973), were built in Clydebank, Scotland. The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage in 1936 while the Queen Elizabeth was due to sail for the first time in 1940. But with the outbreak of war, that voyage had to be postponed. One might expect, being "sisters" that the two ships would be very much alike. That was not the case. They were, at best, similar. The Queen Elizabeth was slightly heavier and longer, having half as many boilers (12) than the Queen Mary, and thus, most noticeably, one less funnel. Also she carried roughly 150 more passengers than her running mate.
|The "Gray Ghost" arrives in New York City, June 20, 1945, |
bearing American GIs returning from the war.
|A crossing on the "Gray Ghost" during |
the war was not the "splendid respite" of a
voyage aboard "the Queen" in peace time.
|A peek at a first-class cabin aboard|
the Queen Mary from the 1950s.
|The original Queen Mary and Cunard's current liner by the same name. |
By comparison, the Oasis of the Seas is 50 feet longer, 20 feet wider, and more
than 100,000 tons heavier than today's Queen Mary.
Copyright, Jim LaneRoyal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas--too big for a single photo, weighing in at 242,000 tons, 1,186 feet long, 154 feet wide, 16 decks, 5,400 passengers. When is big, too BIG?