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Offline Hank Hargrove

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #160 on: Jun 21, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Here is an article on the new plans for the Queen Mary area: http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-queen-mary-20160421-story.html

Hopefully the boutique hotel won't detract from the Queen Mary and the ferris wheel (if built) will bring more tourists to her. 10-15 million dollars will be spent on the Queen Mary and the entire deal for the land involves 250 million. I would like to see at least 30-50 million going to Queen Mary , but oh well. Hopefully Long Beach realizes her significance. The painting of the ship and regular hull inspections need to take top priority. Garrison spent 13 million dollars on the ship. So at least a total of 23-28 million dollars will have been poured into the ship this decade barring any further spending. The one troubling word (there are several, but zeroing in on this one) is "refurbishing" spaces instead of restore. It remains to be seen what the means, but on the plus side, they want the original woodwork restored. God save the Queen.
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #161 on: Jun 21, 2016, 05:39 PM »
I also need to add that the Scorpion Submarine is suing the Queen Mary for "raccoon infestation, rust, etc."

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-submarine-20160609-snap-story.html
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #162 on: Jun 21, 2016, 09:36 PM »
The submarine needs to be blown up, it does spoil the eye line
Good luck with whatever they decide to do, the trouble is when your out there all there is, is Queen Mary  and the public may not see her as being a big enough attraction. when you take a walk round the area and see the little village thingy its a shame to see such a state of disrepair.
First things first give the old girls hull a paint job 
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #163 on: Jun 24, 2016, 09:47 AM »
The submarine needs to be blown up, it does spoil the eye line
Good luck with whatever they decide to do, the trouble is when your out there all there is, is Queen Mary  and the public may not see her as being a big enough attraction. when you take a walk round the area and see the little village thingy its a shame to see such a state of disrepair.
First things first give the old girls hull a paint job

I agree. The sub feels so out of place there. The only thing I liked about the sub's presence has less to do with the sub and more to do with the amusing fact that it is perhaps the only place in the United States where a Soviet flag, Union Jack, American flag, and California flag fly side by side which struck me as more interesting than a Soviet sub. I read part of the Long Beach study on the issue of the land development and one of the major concerns it mentioned was that other attractions might draw the QM's 1.5 million visitors away from the ship which is obviously not what the point is. That being said, the paint job is perhaps the biggest priority as well as some of the side shell replacement. I actually think the starboard side might need paint even more badly but both sides need it, and the stern worst of all as there is a curious straight line with the paint on top looking more recent than below which indicates they never completely painted her stern whenever they last did. I vaguely remember seeing the village and not really paying much attention to its state of disrepair, but it was mostly because I was distracted by the Queen herself. I really need to go back and visit her again and hope to do so within the next few years. It's been too long.
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Offline Roy Warrender

RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #164 on: Jun 01, 2017, 10:43 AM »
 just found this Past posted Photo  By Rob Showing a Google Eye View of Queen Mary At long beach

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=7338.0;attach=44983;image

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Offline Pete Hamill

Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #165 on: Jun 02, 2017, 09:53 AM »
That shows you what sitting in the baking sun does without constant maintenance. She looks very weathered in that photo.
The distortion in the photo at her bow also gives you the impression that she has run headlong into something at 30 knots!

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #166 on: Jun 02, 2017, 02:39 PM »
That shows you what sitting in the baking sun does without constant maintenance. She looks very weathered in that photo.
The distortion in the photo at her bow also gives you the impression that she has run headlong into something at 30 knots!

Pete, The funnels are being repainted and the decking washed. I think they should spend more money on the cracked swimming pool..
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #167 on: Jun 04, 2017, 01:01 AM »
Atleast attention IS being spent on her, hopefully she can be pulled from her current state of decay.
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #168 on: Jun 13, 2017, 09:53 AM »
I should add there is speculation the ship will be repainted in July. I should also add they drained three feet of water from underneath the Exhibit Hall in addition to other projects. The second photo is interesting because apparently they used some sort of chemical that not only eliminates rust, but it actually converts the rust into new metal.

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #169 on: Feb 26, 2018, 05:17 PM »
Came across this on youtube   claiming that she could even sink if nothing is done and repairs could cost $230million, seems excessive.
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #170 on: Feb 26, 2018, 09:19 PM »
Came across this on youtube   claiming that she could even sink if nothing is done and repairs could cost $230million, seems excessive.
The current leaseholders of Queen Mary, Urban Commons, have been doing extensive restoration work both on the exterior and interior of the ship. Much of the rust that has accumulated is currently being dealt with via rust converting solutions and sections are being repaired with new metal. She isn't in any immediate danger of sinking, and given Urban Commons' stance, she should be receiving even more attention into the new year.
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #171 on: May 29, 2018, 09:54 PM »
Does anybody know if the London buses - two of which were carried to Long Beach on the Queen Mary - are still being used in the area around the ship?

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #172 on: May 30, 2018, 05:00 PM »
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  Does anybody know if the London buses - two of which were carried to Long Beach on the Queen Mary - are still being used in the area around the ship? 
No
While this isnt in the same topic there is a bus service from Queen Mary into Long Beach.  In all my visits, l have yet to get into Long Beach.
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #173 on: May 30, 2018, 05:59 PM »
While on Vistafjord we visited LB twice on the same voyage, once as a port of embarkation prior to a 2 month trip down to Tahiti and back and then on our return prior to sailing south  and through the Panama canal to Ft Lauderdale.

Sadly, not long after leaving LB we had a passenger pass away but, as we had no where to 'off load' her, she remained onboard for about 6 1/2 weeks back to LB.

A few others and myself had promised ourselves that we would go for lunch onboard QM on our return visit, and be back onboard before embarkation.

Unfortunately, on the day of our return the local police Dept and ME's Office staff came down to the ship not long after arrival, as the Ship's Agent had inadvertently told them that we needed an undertaker as we had a 'body' onboard!! They were under the impression that, whatever incident had produced this body, had only happened in the hours just prior to our arrival.
I was called to the gangway when they arrived and was immediately asked whether i had 'contained' the crime scene! They were mortified when i said no! Then i was asked what time the deceased had been found and by whom, when i said '6 1/2 weeks ago by a cabin stewardess, and that in the meantime the cabin had been deep cleaned and used as storage by Housekeeping, they were even more mortified!
Eventually i escorted them to the cabin, it was one of those small, single cabins on Veranda deck Fwd. Not the size to facilitate the bodies of several burly members of LAPD, i did smile to my self when only 1 could get in at a time and ALL wanted to see the 'crime scene!'  We then adjourned for a coffee where i explained what had happened and that the Dr had signed the death certificate, which was with the Ch Purser and the incident had been entered into the Ship's Log.

By this time it was late morning and the chance of a quick lunch on QM had receded with not enough time left to get there and back before i was needed for embarkation duties. So sadly i never did get to visit QM, much to my disappointment, but maybe one day!!!

As a post note; the lady, aged about 80, had died of natural causes not long after returning to her cabin from Dinner, sadly she was not discovered until lunch time the following day, when the DND sign was still on her door and, under Housekeeping procedures, The Security Officer and Housekeeper make entry.   

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #174 on: May 31, 2018, 12:01 PM »
Andy,
My wife and I are booked on QM in Long Beach for the nights of August 20th & 21st, 2018.
I will definitely be active with the camera during this time, so will get & post whatever I can.

We are also doing QM2 from July 13th to 20th (TA to NYC).
No good me taking many photos on there - Haynes & Stephen Payne have already done that book.

Cheers,
Skilly

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #175 on: May 31, 2018, 07:17 PM »
Andy,
My wife and I are booked on QM in Long Beach for the nights of August 20th & 21st, 2018.
I will definitely be active with the camera during this time, so will get & post whatever I can.

We are also doing QM2 from July 13th to 20th (TA to NYC).
No good me taking many photos on there - Haynes & Stephen Payne have already done that book.

Cheers,
Skilly

Skilly,

By sheer coincidence a charity i have links to has a 'visit' to QM2 on July 13th for a presentation, tour and lunch, 0945-1500.
I have said nothing to the organisers about having done 2 contracts on her including the Athens Olympics, that's going to me 'my little secret'!
I'm busy trying to think of 'difficult' questions to ask!!!


Offline skilly56

Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #176 on: Jun 05, 2018, 11:12 AM »
Andy, I don't think you're going to have any problem finding 'curly' questions.
Then it will be, "What did you say your name was again"? Haha.

Joining the QM2 will be the first time I have ever joined up a passenger gangway - will be a novel experience - the queues - the questions - the instructions!

Cheers,
Skilly

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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #177 on: Jun 05, 2018, 04:01 PM »
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  My wife and I are booked on QM in Long Beach for the nights of August 20th & 21st, 2018.
I will definitely be active with the camera during this time, so will get & post whatever I can.
 
May l suggest you seek out The Honorary Commodore Everete Hoard and tell him your connection with QE2.
And theres no harm in adding l sent you ;)
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #178 on: Jun 06, 2018, 07:38 AM »
Thank you Myles.
I will do that.

One of my ex-1st/2nd engineers (an ex-Southampton & Thornycroft man) here in NZ is ex-QM & QE in the 1947/55 period (says he was the 64th engineer, mainly in the shaft tunnels or steering flat!). Although now 89, he is still very sharp, and only just starting to slow physically. I promised I would get him some photos for old times sake - he couldn't afford a camera back then, and doesn't have a computer or access to the internet. His uncle was a stoker on the monitor HMS Sir Thomas Picton, so they have the sea in their blood.
He was absolutely flabbergasted one day when I pulled up my laptop, Googled the monitor, and so much info came up.
Cheers,

Skilly
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Re: RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
« Reply #179 on: Jun 06, 2018, 08:35 PM »
Thats the man himself on the left...
« Last Edit: Jun 06, 2018, 09:35 PM by Rob Lightbody »
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

 

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