A section of the large white dome next to the Queen Mary, seen from the ship at sunset. It originally held the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the prototype of a large wooden flying boat from the World War II era derisively called the “Spruce Goose.”
The company operating the Queen Mary in the 1980s acquired the plane and built the dome to enhance the theme park they were developing around the ship. When the Walt Disney Company bought that concessionaire, they decided that the Spruce Goose would not fit their own plans for a theme park that was subsequently abandoned. The plane is in a museum in Oregon. The dome is now the Los Angeles terminal for the Carnival Cruise Line.