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Among the notable features that have made the Queen Mary famous are her three enormous funnels, or smokestacks, painted in "Cunard Red" and topped and trimmed in black. The funnels are essentially decorative covers disguising the tangle of vents, pipes and filters that discharged the smoke, soot, fumes and unused steam from five boiler 23 feet wide. They are graduated in size to allow the smoke flow away without obstruction, thereby preventing soot from falling on the passengers deck spaces. The forward, or #1 funnel is 70.5 feet tall, the #2 funnel is 67.5 feet tall, and the #3 funnel is 62.25 feet tall. The present funnels are replacements in stainless steel and are welded, whereas the originals were riveted. The originals were dismantled to facilitate the removal of machinery during her conversion and were found to be in poor condition for reuse. The distinctive color, “Cunard Red”, has been in use since the company was founded in 1840. It was originally achieved through a combination of buttermilk and ochre coloring that "cooked" onto the hot stacks, which rose a short distance from the boilers. Commercial paints that were available at the time were not manufactured to resist heat, and would blister and flake off the hot funnels.
I am not sure if any of you have experienced this, but I am sure this has caught many visitors by surprize when the Queen Mary sounds her horns...lol!
The hours are:
1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA 90802
Updated Mar 31, 2013
Phone: (800) 437-2934
During the Fourth of July celebration, the Long Beach Police Department will be strictly enforcing the ban on ALL fireworks, including sparklers, within the city. If you are found using any type of fireworks in Long each, you can be arrested and you may be fined $1,000, sentenced to jail for six months or both. The fines and penalties increase if you are found in possession of fireworks classified as dangerous.
The beaches located from Shoreline Drive to the end of the Peninsula will be heavily patrolled by the Long Beach Police Department. There will be amnesty bins located at various sites along the beach where you can voluntarily place your illegal fireworks and avoid the fine and/or incarceration.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
When we were there an atlantic storm was producing very high surf along the southern California coastline.
Waves from a storm that originated near Hawaii were running 8-10 feet, with some sets up to 14 feet near Seal Beach.
Hundreds of people lined up to get a look at the surf as opposed to the dozens of surfers normally at the beach at this time of the year. The Seal Beach pier was closed as a precaution.
Written Jan 1, 2006
Like the greater L.A., Long Beach is a progressive city. Liberal-minded ones will appreciate especially the East Village area with its bohemian-hippie flair. Inside the cafes and stores, one will certain find some literature mentioning progressive movements, some of it is quite flammatory to anything Republican or right-wing. So, anyone sensitive to this, be fairwarned but don't feel too put-off. The East Village is a beautiful little part of the city for its celebration of art and anyone can enjoy this!
Written Nov 19, 2004
This tip is actually good for not only Long beach but for other coastal locations in the L.A/O.C.. area like Santa Monica and Huntington Beach. The best road to take is PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) for escaping the water to the more mainland areas. It is a long stretching road that becomes like a freeway here, though traffic on the very narrow strip (very narrow to California standards at least but more normal for those European , for example) and it has some connections to greater freeways.
Written Nov 19, 2004
This rare species is native only to the tree tops of Long Beach. This dog/cat hybrid kisses and licks her prey incensantly. If you wish to avoid contact with this creature it is wise to have some scooby snacks on hand to distract her from your presence.
Updated Jan 19, 2003
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