Long Beach’s history of failure in managing the Queen Mary

n the Queen Mary in 2016. Photo by Asia Morris.

Nearly 60 years after the city of Long Beach purchased the historic RMS Queen Mary at auction, the ship is in disarray. The city and a string of operators have sunk millions of dollars into the aging vessel, and it still has a host of structural problems that render it unsafe to the public. A team at the Long Beach Post investigated how the city came to sign a lease with Urban Commons, the most recent operator, and how the operator spent public and private funds that were supposed to pay for repairs to the ship and development of the land surrounding it.