Queen Marythe historic cruise ship which first sailed in 1936 and has been docked in Long Beach since 1967, is currently under review for possible decommissioning.
After 55 years on the Long Beach Pier, the Queen Mary went through years of repairs to try to preserve it, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Long Beach officials are now discussing the future of the Queen Mary and whether or not it should be preserved for a few more years or whether they should cut their losses and intentionally sink the ship. In both cases, Los Angeles County Taxpayers pay it.
As things stand, the Queen Mary needs immediate repairs to prevent her from capsizing, which would cost $23 million. In terms of long-term solutions, there are several choices as to what to do with the Queen Mary.
The first choice: fix it right away and keep it for the next 25 years. It’s a short-term solution that would cost between $150 million and $175 million.
The second option is to preserve for the next 100 years, which would cost between $200 and $500 million.
The last option: dismantle the ship and spend $105 million to do so.
Before the pandemic, the Queen Mary was a hotspot for various types of events and gatherings for years. It housed hundreds of onboard activities and restaurants and was a great place for a fun weekend activity or for holding events such as business conferences and weddings.
With the Queen Mary being such an iconic and historic piece of Long Beach, many people are unsure what to make of it.
With the economy in an uncertain state and gas price being at an all-time high, it would benefit taxpayers the most if authorities decided to intentionally sink the ship.
While it is important to preserve historythe ship is causing far more trouble than it’s worth and the taxpayers simply shouldn’t spend their time, money and attention.
Ultimately, taxpayers will pay, so deciding to go with the “cheapest” solution to the problem is the most logical course of action.