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Dec. 9, 1967: A fleet of small craft join in the celebration as the 81,000-ton Queen Mary arrives in Long Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Photo by Steve Fontanini/Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA / Lod Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Sep. 26, 1934: The Queen Mary is launched at the shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. Photo was moved on United Press International wires in 1966 with the news the 81,000-ton ship was ending its service as a trans-Atlantic liner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: UPI

1946 photo of the Queen Mary passing her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth in background, after a record run from Halifax, Canada, to Southhampton, England, in three days, 15 hours and 48 minutes. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was a passenger. This photo was published in the Oct. 2, 1946 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Associated Press

Dec. 11, 1967: Capt. J. Treasure Jones of the Queen Mary and Long Beach Mayor Edwin W. Wade simultaneously sign papers transferring the liner to Long Beach. Watching at ceremonies on ship are A. A. E. Frankin, left, British consul, and John R. Mansell, right, Long Beach city manager. This photo was published in the Dec. 12, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

June 1968: The Queen Mary, right, at Pier E during renovation in Long Beach, alongside the battleship New Jersey. About 45,000 people visited the battleship on the weekend of June 15-16, 1968, before the ship sailed on June 17 for San Diego.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Long Beach Promotion, Inc.

Dec. 3, 1969: Worker removes a life preserver during renovation work on the Queen Mary, turning the former ocean liner into a museum and hotel. This photo was published in the Dec. 5, 1969, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Bessel / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 20, 1970: One of the Queen Mary's four 35-ton propellers is lowered onto a concrete pedestal in front of the California Museum of Science and Industry after an overnight trip from Long Beach under police escort. This photo was published in the Aug. 21, 1970, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

May 8, 1971: Tour guide Dolores Myers, 17, looks down from the bridge of the Queen Mary as visitors tour the bow of the ship. This photo was published in the May 9, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

June 1971: On the bridge of the Queen Mary, tour guide Berno Reumant explains the workings of the engine room telegraph to visitors. This photo was published in the June 10, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerry Ruhlow / Los Angeles Times

April 19, 1971: David Tallichet Jr. president of Specialty Restaurants Corp., sits in the main salon aboard the Queen Mary. This photo was published in the April 25, 1971 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

Richard Villa, 17, at the Queen Mary helm. He had visited the former liner 208 times. This photo was published in the Jan. 27, 1974, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

April 22, 1969: Sandra Watson tests an old-fashioned French telephone in one of the Queen Mary cabins that was refurbished for use as a hotel room. This photo was published in the May 4, 1969, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Judd Gunderson / Los Angeles Times

July 5, 1981: A crowd forms at the Queen Mary for a free Beach Boys concert. This photo was published several months later in the Oct. 5, 1981, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jose Galvez / Los Angeles Times

A 1987 aerial photo of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions. This photo was published in the Oct. 1, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Corrales / Los Angeles Times

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On Dec. 9, 1967, the Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach after a 39-day voyage from England. The city of Long Beach purchased the 31-year-old vessel, which was slated for the scrap heap, for $3.45 million to serve as its waterfront centerpiece.

About 1,200 passengers, paying $8,000 each, took the final voyage. Being too wide for the Panama Canal, the Queen Mary sailed around the tip of South America to reach Long Beach.

On Friday, the Queen Mary is celebrating its 80th birthday.

For more on the birthday party, check out Queen Mary turns 80 with free ship-shaped cake and a big prize.

The first photo in this gallery was used in a From the Archives post: Queen Mary arrives.

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