Iconic California hotel and attraction Queen Mary at risk of capsizing
One of Southern California‘s most recognizable landmarks, the historic Queen Mary, an art deco luxury ship that has lived a second life as a hotel in Long Beach, is in danger of capsizing, according to a recent report by ‘inspection. The former large ship has fallen into a state of extreme disrepair in recent years, including “broken handrails, carpets held together with duct tape, corroded fire hoses and a rusty submarine in danger of sinking” , according to the Long Beach Post.
Built in Scotland during the Great Depression, the ocean liner is a beloved feature of the Southern California waterfront, recognizable to anyone who has driven California’s Pacific Coast Highway or taken a cruise from bustling Long Harbor. Beach. The ship’s maiden voyage took place in 1936, when it was considered the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication. Passengers included everyone from Clark Gable to Winston Churchill and the Royal Family. Then, in 1939, her life as the most glamorous ocean liner on the planet was abruptly cut short by World War II. The ship, which had set a speed record, was drafted into the war effort and turned into a personnel carrier and nicknamed the “Gray Ghost”.