The Queen Mary plans to reopen later in 2022 – NBC Los Angeles
What there is to know
- The monument closed in spring 2020 in response to the pandemic
- A 2017 report detailed a number of major repairs needed to keep the liner still moored open to the public
- The passenger ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of times and served as a transport for troops during World War II; it retired to Long Beach in 1967, turning into a hotel and attraction
Much like a large ocean liner, which can boast more than one point of entry depending on where the gangways are placed, a person can embark or disembark from the RMS Queen Mary story at several dramatic points.
There are its beginnings, as it slowly rose on Scotland’s River Clyde, a huge, elegant ocean liner that would join the Cunard-White Star line of transatlantic liners from 1936.
It had its time serving as a transport for World War II troops while also housing Winston Churchill, serving as the legendary “headquarters at sea” for the British Prime Minister.
And there’s the Queen Mary’s retreat in Long Beach, where it would, for decades, continue to be a popular hotel and tourist attraction.
That is, before the weather took its toll, and the many repairs needed to keep her afloat, safe and in pristine condition seemed beyond the reach of those eager to see the Queen continue majestically.
Now another such twist in Queen Mary’s story has just arrived, thanks to a January 28, 2022 post on her social pages, a message that clearly looks ahead to better days after a long period of doubt.
“Some good news about reopening to the public later this year!” was the only sentence of short and optimistic articlewhich linked to a report from the City of Long Beach detailing “critical repairs” soon to begin at 1126 Queens Highway.
The report revealed that fencing has been erected in work areas around the vessel and repair work is expected to begin in February.
the City of Long Beach “regained control” of the vessel in June 2021, which had not happened in four decades, after the vessel’s former lessee Urban Commons Queensway LLC “… waived its existing leases and filed a motion to formally dismiss these leases through its bankruptcy process.”
The colossal cost of necessary repairs has been hotly debated ever since a 2017 report detailed several areas of concern.
“It is our responsibility to preserve the Queen Mary and ensure that this historic landmark is properly maintained,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Now that the city has full oversight and control over the Queen, it’s important that we make the essential repairs needed.”
the recent statement of the city estimates the cost of essential repairs at $5,000,000.
“Initial funding of $2.5 million has been approved by the Long Beach City Council as part of the city’s fiscal year 2022 budget, using Tidelands funds, with a request for additional funding to be presented to the council municipal in the coming months,” the report shared. .
“In December 2021, the city received approval from the State Lands Commission to use Tidelands funding as required by state law, paving the way for construction to begin in February. 2022.”
In addition, the report reveals where the most urgent repairs await, such as the “removal of deteriorated lifeboats”, which are straining the ship’s “structural stability”.
The lifeboats, which also have historical value, will be stored. And in another twist to the Queen Mary story, the town is open to “museums and other qualified non-profit organizations that may be interested in preserving a lifeboat” (a contact email is indicated in the reportif you or your institution would like to apply).
Which means that, yes, parts of the ship could again set the proverbial sails to new lands and permanent stops.
The Queen Mary has remained closed for much of the pandemic, since the spring of 2020, while the repairs it needed and its uncertain future remained under discussion.
Even the Queen’s social media pages went silent, with no posts appearing between June 2020 and an enigmatic, yet hopeful, intriguing post on January 21, happily foreshadowing the City’s January 28 report (the mention of “new horizons” prompted dozens of enthusiastic responses from fans of the ship).
Now, longtime Queen Mary mavens can once again walk its stately hallways and relax in its Art Deco common areas, and even join one of its famous ghost tours, all while reflecting on a place that has many countless layers of history, later in 2022.