One of the most iconic haunted locations on the West Coast and indeed of all the United States is the RMS Queen Mary.
Created through the joint efforts of the White Star and Cunard Lines, the building of this grand ship gave many men and women much needed jobs during the Great Depression. Launched in 1936, she boasted the finest of Art Deco extravagence in art work, design, and style.
She wasn't just a pretty face, either, she was sleek and fast! In fact, she set many Trans Atlantic speed records that stood unbroken for years.
World War 2 brought a new era to the gilded Queen. The Queen Mary was needed to transport troops overseas. Painted gray to camoflauge her in the fog, she earned the nickname, "Gray Ghost." The Queen Mary was an integral part of the war effort, able to carry over 20,000 troops in a single crossing.
While transporting troops, she was escorted by several smaller ships. In a terrible accident, one of these escort ships, the HMS Curacoa, crossed the path in front of the Queen Mary and was sliced in two. Over 300 crewmen lost their lives in the collision.
Between decades of carrying passengers and years of wartime service as well as the Curacoa tragedy, it's no wonder the Queen Mary is haunted! She prides herself on her resident ghosts and there are evening paranormal tours that don't disappoint!
My guest today is Matt Schulz, paranormal tour guide and member of ParaXPlorer Project.
Born into the Scooby-Doo generation and having a curiosity of all things paranormal since a small child, Matthew Schulz's interest in the spiritual realm was greatly heightened when it was discovered his uncle and aunt lived at a haunted turn-of-the-20th century mansion located in Alhambra, California. At the age of eight, Matthew sneaked a shoe box style cassette tape recorder into the estate's attic while attempting spirit communication during visits. With no knowledge of paranormal investigation techniques, these efforts would be later known to him as his first Electronic Voice Phenomenon [EVP] sessions.
Several decades later, Matthew cut his formal organized investigation teeth on an extensive and bustling schedule of private residences and historical landmarks, eventually leading to co-created and co-hosted Paranormal Investigation Tours at San Diego's infamous Whaley House Museum for four years. Starting his fifth year, Matthew is the current Paranormal Docent and host of late night weekend tours aboard the Queen Mary.
What stories will Matt share with us ? Tune in and find out!
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