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The legendary former Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary, berthed in Long Beach, California since the 1960s, is so compromised by neglect that she could literally begin to collapse within ten years if nothing is done.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram cited an exhaustive, 300-page study that described rotting expansion joints and structural columns, unchecked sewage leaks, and corroding metal as some of the perils facing the historic ship. Were any flooding to occur, there would be no means to contain it as the ship's watertight doors are inoperable.

The ship is under the care of a new leaseholder who is charged with maintenance, and the city funded some $20M in emergency repairs, but the report cites nearly $300M and five years to bring the ship back to stability.

More at http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20170313/years-of-neglect-could-imperil-the-queen-marys-future-experts-say
An article in the UK's Daily Mail suggests that the QE2's owners Isthimar, a division of Dubai Ports World, may have sold the ship to Chinese scrappers for 20 million GBP. The story was picked up by the London Telegraph and Southampton Daily Echo, but Cunard refuted it, saying they are "in regular contact" with Dubai and would have been notified. The agreement between the two firms stipulates that DPW cannot resell the ship for ten years.

Titanic photos

An interesting set of Titanic photographs:


SS Belgenland

S.S. Belgenland


Interesting set on Flickr of over 250 photos taken during a world cruise by the Belgenland in the mid 1920s: http://www.flickr.com/photos/striderv/sets/72157605504350937/with/2560984115/
"Aboard SS Aquitania. Homeward bound. August 1939."

Photo found in a flea market in Brighton. Click image for larger version.


Lounging on the promenade deck. Unidentified ship.

Another photo found in a junk shop.

RMS Capetown Castle.

RMS Capetown Castle

Unmarked photo found in a bric-a-brac shop. Identified with help from vintage liner enthusiasts on Flickr. Click image for larger versions.

RMS Queen Mary approaching Southampton.

RMS Queen Mary approaching Southampton.

Photo found in a bric-a-brac shop. Click image for larger version.


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