QE2 in potential £20m deal to be scrapped

Daily Echo: QE2 in £20m deal to be scrapped QE2 in £20m deal to be scrapped

The QE2, one of Southampton's most iconic cruise ships, could be set to be sold for scrap for £20m.

According to reports, the ship's owners in Dubai have accepted an offer from China to scrap the vessel.

That is despite British plans to take QE2 back to the UK, in the form of a luxury floating hotel on the River Thames.

Originally, Cunard sold the ship to Dubai World for it to be used as a 1,000 room hotel at the Palm Jumeirah, a collection of man-made islands in the shape of a palm tree.

However, the worldwide economic downturn put pay to those plans and the ship has since been moored at Port Rashid, with a cost of £650,000 a month to maintain her.

It has been claimed a Chinese crew of around 20 boarded the QE2 last week, replacing a crew of around 40 who had been working on board.

The move has prompted fears that a deal with scrap merchants in China has already been done.

The anchor of the QE2 has given by Cunard to Southampton as a gift to commerate the 40 years of service the ship enjoyed from her home port.

It is now on display outside Holy Rood church in the city's High Street.

 

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10:35am Mon 24 Dec 12

WECOMING4U says...

Very sad if true. Lets send some boys over there and knock that wall of theirs down!
Very sad if true. Lets send some boys over there and knock that wall of theirs down! WECOMING4U
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11:06am Mon 24 Dec 12

News Fanatic says...

People get sentimental over ships such as QE2. However, it is best to scrap them when the end the end of their useful life. Keeping a ship such as QE2 looking good is a very costly affair.
People get sentimental over ships such as QE2. However, it is best to scrap them when the end the end of their useful life. Keeping a ship such as QE2 looking good is a very costly affair. News Fanatic
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12:01pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Just another reader says...

Think about the queen Mary that's moored up in the USA. It's a huge attraction and money maker over there. I'd love to see the QE2 moored up next to Mayflower Park adding another tourist attraction to our city.
Think about the queen Mary that's moored up in the USA. It's a huge attraction and money maker over there. I'd love to see the QE2 moored up next to Mayflower Park adding another tourist attraction to our city. Just another reader
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12:04pm Mon 24 Dec 12

sparkster says...

Exactly just another reader, i would like to see the QE2 back here where she belongs, she could easily be a floating hotel or conference centre but oh no she's done her service, now scrap her, disgusting
Exactly just another reader, i would like to see the QE2 back here where she belongs, she could easily be a floating hotel or conference centre but oh no she's done her service, now scrap her, disgusting sparkster
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12:11pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Inform Al says...

Just another Yankee owned ship that will rust away without expensive maintenance.
Just another Yankee owned ship that will rust away without expensive maintenance. Inform Al
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12:28pm Mon 24 Dec 12

The Wickham Man says...

sparkster wrote:
Exactly just another reader, i would like to see the QE2 back here where she belongs, she could easily be a floating hotel or conference centre but oh no she's done her service, now scrap her, disgusting
It just doesn't work Sparkster. We don't need the hotel space and on land hotels are more comfortable anyway. Ship interiors cannot be bashed around to make "conference centres" or any other amenity - you end up with an ugly rusting loss making eyesore as Informal says. Scrapping ships is always sad, but you could make a case for saving every single warship and cruise ship and with one or two exceptions it is never worth it. It isn't disgusting - it is common sense.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: Exactly just another reader, i would like to see the QE2 back here where she belongs, she could easily be a floating hotel or conference centre but oh no she's done her service, now scrap her, disgusting[/p][/quote]It just doesn't work Sparkster. We don't need the hotel space and on land hotels are more comfortable anyway. Ship interiors cannot be bashed around to make "conference centres" or any other amenity - you end up with an ugly rusting loss making eyesore as Informal says. Scrapping ships is always sad, but you could make a case for saving every single warship and cruise ship and with one or two exceptions it is never worth it. It isn't disgusting - it is common sense. The Wickham Man
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12:46pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Lord Ikea says...

Just another reader wrote:
Think about the queen Mary that's moored up in the USA. It's a huge attraction and money maker over there. I'd love to see the QE2 moored up next to Mayflower Park adding another tourist attraction to our city.
The Original Queen Mary in Long Beach is not as popular as people think. I have stayed overnight on her and we were the only guests. Most of the ship was closed to us which was a shame. It costs the owners millions of Dollars in rust prevention every year. The same would happen to the QE2. Ships are metal, sea water is corrosive, put the two together and you have a money pit. I would love to watch a show on the Discovery Channel about her being cut up.
[quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: Think about the queen Mary that's moored up in the USA. It's a huge attraction and money maker over there. I'd love to see the QE2 moored up next to Mayflower Park adding another tourist attraction to our city.[/p][/quote]The Original Queen Mary in Long Beach is not as popular as people think. I have stayed overnight on her and we were the only guests. Most of the ship was closed to us which was a shame. It costs the owners millions of Dollars in rust prevention every year. The same would happen to the QE2. Ships are metal, sea water is corrosive, put the two together and you have a money pit. I would love to watch a show on the Discovery Channel about her being cut up. Lord Ikea
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12:50pm Mon 24 Dec 12

sparkster says...

I agree with above comments, nice in theory to save her but in practical terms i can see all of the above points
I agree with above comments, nice in theory to save her but in practical terms i can see all of the above points sparkster
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3:38pm Mon 24 Dec 12

loosehead says...

If only we had that sort of money we could bring it back here & use it as a hotel/night life venue
If only we had that sort of money we could bring it back here & use it as a hotel/night life venue loosehead
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7:02pm Mon 24 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........
It's a boat that has served it's purpose........... IronLady2010
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9:15pm Mon 24 Dec 12

Pikey Pete says...

Take her out of the water and put her in Mayflower park./Or Docks

It would not be so bad for rusting. And much more could be used for Shops entertainment etc...
Take her out of the water and put her in Mayflower park./Or Docks It would not be so bad for rusting. And much more could be used for Shops entertainment etc... Pikey Pete
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10:18pm Mon 24 Dec 12

derek james says...

you wouldn't have to be a fortune teller to see the fate those of us old enough remember the fate of the old qe1
you wouldn't have to be a fortune teller to see the fate those of us old enough remember the fate of the old qe1 derek james
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7:24am Tue 25 Dec 12

StMarysSaint says...

Can we have our anchor back please?, we have to get her to China!
Can we have our anchor back please?, we have to get her to China! StMarysSaint
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8:17pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Bingo from Sholing says...

No surprise here. Did anyone believe it would be a hotel? All smoke and mirrors as usual. If its uneconomic, then it is better to scrap the vessel at the end of its ueful life. This provides more dignity for the past crews and passengers. Lets remember the good years.
No surprise here. Did anyone believe it would be a hotel? All smoke and mirrors as usual. If its uneconomic, then it is better to scrap the vessel at the end of its ueful life. This provides more dignity for the past crews and passengers. Lets remember the good years. Bingo from Sholing
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9:03pm Tue 25 Dec 12

B. L. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........
It's a ship, not a boat.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........[/p][/quote]It's a ship, not a boat. B. L.
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9:07pm Tue 25 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

B. L. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........
It's a ship, not a boat.
Whatever floats your boat!
[quote][p][bold]B. L.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........[/p][/quote]It's a ship, not a boat.[/p][/quote]Whatever floats your boat! IronLady2010
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4:25pm Wed 26 Dec 12

arizonan says...

I have a photo of the QE2 on her first visit to Liverpool with the magnificent Cunard building in the background, the Mersey like a mill pond.
Any other location in the UK would have been a very poor second best for this beautiful ship.
I have a photo of the QE2 on her first visit to Liverpool with the magnificent Cunard building in the background, the Mersey like a mill pond. Any other location in the UK would have been a very poor second best for this beautiful ship. arizonan
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6:17pm Wed 26 Dec 12

B. L. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
B. L. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........
It's a ship, not a boat.
Whatever floats your boat!
Whatever bloats your float also.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]B. L.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's a boat that has served it's purpose...........[/p][/quote]It's a ship, not a boat.[/p][/quote]Whatever floats your boat![/p][/quote]Whatever bloats your float also. B. L.
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8:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

loosehead says...

arizonan wrote:
I have a photo of the QE2 on her first visit to Liverpool with the magnificent Cunard building in the background, the Mersey like a mill pond.
Any other location in the UK would have been a very poor second best for this beautiful ship.
Maybe Joe Anderson can use the millions he's made from selling two housing estates against the residents wishes to a developer to buy the QE2 & take it to Liverpool?
[quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: I have a photo of the QE2 on her first visit to Liverpool with the magnificent Cunard building in the background, the Mersey like a mill pond. Any other location in the UK would have been a very poor second best for this beautiful ship.[/p][/quote]Maybe Joe Anderson can use the millions he's made from selling two housing estates against the residents wishes to a developer to buy the QE2 & take it to Liverpool? loosehead
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9:28pm Wed 26 Dec 12

arizonan says...

Stick to positive comments, fabulous ships in fabulous locations, does anywhere else compare in the UK?.
Stick to positive comments, fabulous ships in fabulous locations, does anywhere else compare in the UK?. arizonan
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8:47am Thu 27 Dec 12

QMroger says...

There were plans to take the ship to Liverpool too but these fell through. London would have been perfect with the large number of visitors to the docklands area thesedays. It would all have made economic sense, but quick financial return for Dubai won the day following a good bid for London being refused.
There were plans to take the ship to Liverpool too but these fell through. London would have been perfect with the large number of visitors to the docklands area thesedays. It would all have made economic sense, but quick financial return for Dubai won the day following a good bid for London being refused. QMroger
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1:11pm Fri 28 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

Don't worry, the Chinese will send it back to us...............as saucepans
Don't worry, the Chinese will send it back to us...............as saucepans sarfhamton
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