Reed Travel Features
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A Russian scorpion is set to move into
Queen Mary's neighborhood here. The Soviet-built submarine, a
Povodnaya Lodka B-427 code-named Scorpion, will be docked next to
the famous transatlantic liner starting in May.
"Who would have imagined 15 years ago that a former British
liner and a Soviet submarine would peacefully occupy the same
waters?" asked Joseph Prevratil, president of the RMS Foundation,
operator of the Queen Mary.
The submarine is on loan to the nonprofit RMS for up to five
years, Prevratil said.
Like the Queen Mary, the Scorpion will be available for
inspection by the public.
The vessel was commissioned in 1973 and served in the Soviet
navy for 21 years. On its retirement, it was bought by a group of
Australian enthusiasts, and for the past two years, it has been on
display at the Sydney National Maritime Museum.
Visitors to the new attraction might be struck by the contrast
in the living conditions and accommodations offered by each
It its heyday, the Queen Mary carried kings and presidents,
business tycoons and giants of the entertainment industry across
the Atlantic in luxury.
By contrast, the Scorpion had a crew of 78 with just 27 bunks
and two toilets.
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