The above black and white photo (courtesy of the Craig and Shara Anderson collection) shows what the Long Gallery’s original clock looked like during her career. It was nearly 4 foot wide and completely hand-carved. Once Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach, though, the renovators tore out this beautiful clock and the wreath of musical instruments and hands were divided into several separate pieces and sold at auction. While I would certainly love to own the complete wreath, I have 2 segments on display in my bedroom as seen in the color photos. The attention to detail and the sheer enterprise of creating such a masterpiece is remarkable. In fact, most of the wood aboard her majesty were treated with human hands, not machines. It is an inescapable fact that no present liner can even approach Queen Mary’ s grandeur. Mankind will never build such a hands-on liner again and although it is shameful that so much was thoughtlessly dismantled by Long Beach, at least her corridors and public rooms are essentially the same as when she sailed.
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