Restoration???? mybe not.

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Restoration???? mybe not.

Postby Jemm » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:47 am

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Here is a photo taken this week showing the current condition of what remains of the original 3rd Class Restaurant that is used as a storage room today. They recently put plywood over the surviving original wood paneling from 1936. Although this will protect it, it also indicates they have no intention of restoring this historically important room and it will continue to be used for just storage.
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Re: Restoration???? mybe not.

Postby Jemm » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:49 am

Tomorrow evening (Friday 22nd Feb) Long Beach Heritage will hold its annual awards banquet as a fund raiser for their own local efforts in what is now called the Grand Salon. How effective do you feel they have been as an advocate for preserving the historic ship?
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Re: Restoration???? mybe not.

Postby Jemm » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:50 am

This is a photo taken inside the second funnel a few years ago by Sean Hankins. Has anyone looked inside this "decommissioned" area recently? Has there been any improvement?
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Re: Restoration???? mybe not.

Postby Jemm » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:54 am

As the photos above illustrate, it is the operational approach that is the major cause of damage on the Queen Mary. ... The damage shown here in the former second class library is the result of it being used as a table and chair storage space for the "Britannia Room". Likewise the devastation in the adjacent writing room was and continues to be caused by its use as a kitchen and scullery for the Britannia Room. This is the direct result of ignoring major dining rooms on R deck below and moving banqueting up to these former lounges. Until the owner and lesee change their thinking about the operation the devastation will continue as will their "charade" about their deep interest and concern in preserving the QM.

The bookcases on the left have been entirely taken out to make way for more chair storage, and much of the wood is in terrible condition and covered in graffiti
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Re: Restoration???? mybe not.

Postby Jemm » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:57 am

Shown here is an example of why the operators still have a long way to go and how they view the artifacts of the ship as just 'junk' to do whatever they want with.

The photo on the far right shows the current state of one of the large photographic aerials that was once installed as part of a series of 4 (New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris) in the 1st class Writing Room on Promenade Deck in 1936. This one (New York) was located on the starboard side next to the Main Lounge doors (middle photo). As you can see, this art piece that once probably got many captivating stares from celebrities and royalty of the day, is used just as spooky props for the Ghosts and Legends tours in Long Beach (along with some other 'junk' furnishings tossed into the mix, built-ins gutted from original staterooms). The photo on far left shows what the spot looks like today where this panel was removed from.

So really, how hard is it to properly take care of these art pieces that were so carefully chosen to be built into the ship from the beginning? How is it acceptable for the operators to so carelessly use these items, right out in front of the public and no one minds (granted it is dark down there)? Are these people REALLY looking out for the care of the art and artifacts on the ship? No, because anyone who knows the importance and value of these historic objects that were such an integral part of the ship would not treat them this way.

Thanks to Bill Cwiklo for pointing this lost artifact out!
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