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Preserving a Historic Icon

Maintaining the glory of the Queen Mary through various preservation projects

On Sept. 26, 1934, at the John Brown & Company shipyard on the banks of the Clyde River in Scotland, Job Number 534, the largest ship the world had ever seen, slid down the launchways into the water as Queen Mary addressed the crowd, speaking into the microphone, "I am happy to name this ship the Queen Mary. I wish success to her and to all who sail her."

One thousand and one transatlantic crossings later, the Queen Mary retired in Long Beach, arriving on Dec. 9, 1967. At exactly 12:07 p.m., John Treasure Jones, the Queen Mary's last sailing master, ordered "finished with the engines," signaling the end of one career and the beginning of another.

The Queen Mary lives on now as a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue, giving visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era when steamships were the most regal way to travel.

We thank all of our guests for their continued support of this truly wonderful ship. Check out the information below to find out how you can help support the Queen Mary and take a look at some of the recently completed projects.

Email us at preservation@queenmary.com if you have specific questions.



HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Queen Mary strives to create a truly unique and authentic experience for its guests and works closely with ship historians on various renovations and preservation projects.

You can support these preservation efforts by becoming an annual member. You will receive admission plus perks including discounts and free parking.



PRESERVING A HISTORIC ICON

The Queen Mary staff works around the clock to keep the ship in - ship shape.

In 2013 alone, three million dollars were invested back into the preservation and maintenance of the ship for people to enjoy her rich history for years to come.





2014 IMPROVEMENTS

We are pleased to announce some projects scheduled to begin in early 2014.

The Side Shell Replacement project; and the condition assessment, cleaning and consolidation of the "The Sea," "Dressed Overall at the Quay" & "The Royal Jubilee Week" paintings, which will be funded by the proceeds from the 2013 Art Deco Festival.


CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN

The City of Long Beach, California for the RMS Queen Mary, berthed in Long Beach Harbor since 1967, is to serve the community of Long Beach by providing for the sustainable operation of the ship as a hotel while also acting to preserve and conserve the RMS Queen Mary and her valuable historic assets and cultural significance as one of the finest and oldest surviving luxury ocean liners.