Queen Mary of Long Beach to Get New Neighbor

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 vessel.

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.

RMS Foundation
Phone: (562) 435-3511

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