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30 Years on the National Registry of Historic Places
30 years ago today, April 15th 1993; the RMS Queen Mary, an iconic ocean liner that has been an integral part of maritime history for nearly a century, was added to the National Register of Historic Places, a list of historic properties that have been deemed significant to the history of the United States.
The Queen Mary's addition to the Register, ensured that its legacy would be preserved for future generations. The designation provides the ship with a level of protection and recognition that will help secure its place in Long Beach for years to come. The Queen Mary is more than just a ship - it's a piece of history that has captured the imaginations of people around the world. Its addition to the National Register of Historic Places was a well-deserved honor that recognizes its cultural and historical significance.
Queen Mary Foundation President, & QMI Advisor, Diane Rush; offered these comments on the anniversary:
THE QUEEN MARY IS OPEN
CLOSED SINCE THE PANDEMIC; THE SHIP ONCE AGAIN WELCOMES "PASSENGERS"
April 1st, no kidding; the first tours of the ship resumed. We were on the first of these and are excited to share with you some of the improvements we saw onboard. The Long Beach Mayor was in attendance, reaffirming the city's commitment to the ship.
After a countdown lead by commodore Everette Hoard, the ship's horn sounded, announcing the reopening of the ship.
We boarded, scanned our QR codes & assembled in the staging zones for the Glory Days Historical Tour.
Queen Mary's Daimler
Some early visitors to the Queen Mary may recall a classic car on the forward decks, this wasn't just any classic car. When she first opened as a hotel, museum, and tourist attraction in Long Beach, the British National Motor Museum loaned the city Her Majesty Queen Mary's Damiler double six.
QUEEN MARY REOPENING ANNOUNCEMENTS - LONG BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The following are the key points discussed by representatives at the luncheon:
LONG BEACH REOPENS QUEEN MARY
After 2+ years of being closed to the public, the city has reopened the Queen Mary to limited tours. They graciously invited QMI board members, Kate Vescera and Brendan Ryan to join a tour. Commodore Everett took a small group around the promenade deck (the rest of the ship is still closed for renovations and filming).
Overall the ship looked to be better cared for than we'd seen her in a while, the lighting was improved, everything looked like it had been treated to a deep clean.