Ask Chris: Is the Queen Mary Really Floating in Long Beach Harbor or Is It Stuck in Cement?

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After 80 years, the famed British ship can still dance on the water. Since reopening as a hotel in 1973, the last surviving prewar ocean liner has been floating in a custom-made lagoon about 50 feet deep and attached to the shore with heavy wire cables. Her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, didn’t fare as well, burning in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour in 1972. “Occasionally, if she is in the mood,” says Queen Mary Commodore Everette Hoard, “she may wriggle a little. That is her way of letting everyone know she is alive.”

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