The classic cruise liner Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has apparently turned into a money pit abyss. And now the city must decide what to do with the famous ship. One solution? Sink her — and turn the vessel into an artificial reef.
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A Sinking Feeling: The Queen Mary’s Future
The historic Queen Mary has had many owners during the past few decades. But making money for them has seemingly been a struggle for her.
The City of Long Beach now owns the ship — and is faced with a number of high-priced solutions.
One is to simply make critical repairs. That should keep the operation going for another 25 years ago. But that’s estimated to cost between $150-$175 million over that period of time.
Another solution carries a price tag running from $200-$500 million. That involving drydocking or graving the boat at a new site.
Finally, there’s an option to simply scrap the ship. Or sink and turn her into an underwater reef. Those options would run between $105-$190 million — without the possibility of significant job creation and retention.
Personally, I like the first option but am warming the third. The idea of an artificial reef for marine life and divers sounds pretty interesting.
H/T: KTLA News and Long Beach Post
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