Saturday, March 19, 2011

More "Queen Mary", 1976

Today we'll spend a brief time in the bridge of the grand old ocean liner. This was one of my favorite places to see when I visited the Queen Mary long ago. Just look at all those gleaming brass thingamabobs! You can see the funnels that were used in to shriek commands to some sweaty guy in the engine room. And what kid wouldn't want to steer a big ship like this, spinning those wheels, pulling levers, and ordering people around just because you're the Captain and they all have to do what you say.

More shiny stuff than you can shake a stick at. Sure it looks cool, but you don't want to be the poor dope who had to polish that brass.

I guess this car was placed on deck to help give visitors a sense of what the world was like in the 1930's. Today, I would buy this car, shoot it up, splash some ketchup around, and tell people it was Bonnie and Clyde's death car. Because that's how I roll.

There's more photos from the Queen Mary to come!


Katella Gate said...

Don't worry about your brass polishing skills Major, most of it was painted green when the ship was in service.

The car, btw, is Queen Mary's personal limousine. The owners asked for it back when it became obvious nobody was taking care of it.

Connie Moreno said...

"but you don't want to be the poor dope who had to polish that brass." Ya, exactly what I was thinking! I remember that car. I think I drooled on it, too.

Pilsner Panther said...

Now we know why upper-echelon naval officers are referred to as "the brass." They actually have it!

Nancy said...

wow, look how shiny!

JG said...

If it moves, salute it, if it doesn't move, polish or paint it.

Words to live by.