Queen Elizabeth Destroyed By An Arsonist
Cunard Liners of the World War II era were the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The latter was finished after the United
Kingdom entered the war, and first designed to operate as a troop carrier, as was the Queen Mary.
vessels operated with distinction after the war until their retirement in 1967. Most folks know the Queen Mary was sold to
private owners and converted as a popular floating hotel and restaurant on the Long Beach, California waterfront.
happened to the Queen Elizabeth? Hers was a more tragic story.
the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth went to America where private owners had plans to convert it as a floating hotel, convention
center and museum at Port Everglades, Florida. The idea was to have both of the queens still afloat and operating on both
coasts of the United States.
of the Queen Elizabeth did not occur fast enough to avoid extensive deterioration and rusting as the vessel rested at her
moorings. Finally she was put up for auction and sold to C. Y. Tung, a Taiwanese shipping owner.
had a strange plan to rebuild the 1,031-foot-long liner as a floating university that sailed around the world. The liner was
renamed Seawise University and registered under the Bahamian flag.