News 1: The Campaign (2002 - 2004)
20th October 2004:
We have received information that there rumours going around that things are not looking good for the future of the Margarita L. (formerly known as the RMS Windsor Castle) and that she has recently been inspected by Indian scrap merchants. So sadly the future of this once fine ship is now looking more doubtful than ever. It seems that only a miracle can now save this ship but sadly miracles rarely happen. It is a pity that this once fine British ocean liner hasn't engendered greater feeling in the British public and the British Government to save her for our fine nation as a symbol of our great and pioneering ocean liner heritage. But sadly it seems that this was not to be for the former RMS Windsor Castle as she has been out of service and public view since 1977. As a result today she is perhaps not well known or famous enough to generate the finance and interest to be successfully saved for future generations. Perhaps she is now forgotten except to the knowledgeable few. Unfortunately unless things take a dramatic and sudden change for the better in the near future, it seems that this ship is destined for the scrapyard and will take with it one of the last vestiges of Britain's ocean liner history and heritage. It seems that maybe now only the QE2 is famous enough to be saved for preservation in Britain.
As a result we strongly urge Cunard Line, Carnival Corporation & PLC, the City of Southampton, the general public and the British Government to get their act together now and really do everything possible to make this happen. If any ship is famous enough then surely it is the QE2, after all she is often acclaimed to be "The Most Famous Ocean Liner in the World" and regularly draws huge crowds wherever she sails. Britain lost the RMS Queen Mary to the USA when she was retired from service in the late 1960s, surely we don't want to lose the QE2 forever as well. We believe that she would make an ideal static hotel ship and historical attraction if adapted sympathetically. However complacency must be avoided and regular reinvention will be required to keep her attraction and alure fresh and relevant and sustain her success for the long term. Also the mistakes made by the RMS Queen Mary conversion must be learnt from and never repeated. The QE2 must be treated as a ship not a building and she must be given the respect in preservation that she deserves. Yes she is still in service which clearly is a plus as there is still time, but she won't be in service forever and the day when she is retired from active service will come. Britain must start planning for her preservation in a static role now as it is possible that the QE2 maybe retired from service after 2007 when the new Queen Victoria enters service. Britain must do everything possible to ensure that this great British ocean liner legend is saved for future generations here in the UK where she belongs and not abroad.
Sadly it seems that the former RMS Windsor Castle is in her final years and is likely to be scrapped unless a dramatic change of fortune happens in the near future. However in the meantime if we hear any further news we will keep you informed.
Half our ships are sitting in a museum in San Diego in California
Vladimir wrote:A slight exaggeration
What about Queen Mary 1, it's at Long Beach California not on the Clyde, I know California is a really great place but what claim does it have to the Queen Mary
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