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Structural problems on the Queen Mary could cause ship to sink

Posted at 1:56 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 16:56:14-04

The Queen Mary ship could face some structural collapse in the next 10 years unless fixed, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The historic vessel has internal structural issues after years of neglect, according to documents the Press-Telegram obtained.

Long Beach purchased the Queen Mary half a century ago, as a tourism staple welcoming visitors along the coast.

One of the problems is that the ship’s hull is corroded, making areas prone to flooding. If a breach happened, there are no steel watertight doors to be sealed. Any major flooding could cause the ship to sink.

The report estimates the total cost of ship repairs could range from $235 million to $289 million.