• Matt Esnayra

The rusted Soviet sub could torpedo the Queen Mary due to years of decay

According to court documents obtained by the LBP, the rust-covered Soviet-era submarine next to the Queen Mary has eroded to the point that the vessel could sink or potentially damage the lone Long Beach landmark.

Why it matters:

As the ongoing saga of the fate of Queen Mary has entered the courtroom, the neighboring Soviet Navy built submarine legal battle centers on who's responsible for removing the vessel docked next to the old ocean liner.

  • The submarine was supposed to be sold in 2019 to an anonymous buyer, planning to remove the sub in 2019. However, the vessel remained docked next to the Queen Mary, per the LA Times.

  • In court documents, the city claims the ship is either the property of Urban Commons or abandoned and thus liable for its removal.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea:

The warship is a Soviet Foxtrot-class attack submarine built for the Soviet Pacific Fleet in the early 1970s. In 1994 a group of Australian investors bought the vessel and turned it into a museum piece. The submarine eventually made its way to Long Beach. It welcomed paying guests for 17 years before plunging into such deterioration that it was infested with raccoons and was on the verge of being scrapped.

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