Queen Mary, California’s iconic hotel and attraction, at risk of capsizing
One of Southern California‘s most recognizable landmarks, the historic Queen Mary, an art deco luxury ship living a second life as a Long Beach hotel, is at risk of capsizing, according to a recent report by inspection. The former great ship has fallen into extreme disrepair in recent years, including ‘broken handrails, carpets held together with duct tape, corroded fire hoses and a rusting submarine in danger of sinking’ , according to the Long Beach Post.
Built in Scotland during the Great Depression, the ocean liner is a Southern California waterfront staple, recognizable to anyone who has driven California’s Pacific Coast Highway or embarked on a cruise from the bustling port of Long Beach. The ship’s maiden voyage was in 1936, when she was considered the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication. The 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 to join the war effort and converted into a troopship and nicknamed the “Grey Ghost”.