March 27: This evening the Long Beach, CA skyline will look drastically different as the city’s iconic landmark, the QUEEN MARY, shuts off her lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in collaboration with Earth Hour, an international event bringing awareness to climate change and energy conservation.
A release by Delaware North Companies states: “As this ship’s whistle marks the start of Earth Hour, the QUEEN MARY’s many exterior lights will be extinguished and interior lights minimized, with hotel guests invited to shut off their non-essential stateroom lights as well as adopt lasting environmentally-friendly practices. Guests and the community can also join a special Earth Hour candlelit reception from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with “unplugged” entertainment and organic appetizers and cocktails under the ship’s grand smokestacks on the Sports Deck.
No stranger to going dark, the Queen Mary was known as the “Grey Ghost” during her WWII service when she transported troops camouflaged and with her lights off at night to avoid being spotted and fired upon by German submarines. Tours and the museum onboard can provide guests more details on the Queen Mary’s unique wartime history”.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.