Plan to make QE2 a hotel on the Thames in London

Daily Echo: Could the QE2 be moored in London? Could the QE2 be moored in London?

IN HER working life she graced many of the world’s greatest locations.

Now ministers are being urged to back a plan to put Southampton’s former great liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, in one of the most famous waters of all – the River Thames in London.

There she would become a floating hotel next to the O2 Arena, the Emirates Cable Car, the Excel Conference Centre and only minutes from Canary Wharf.

The office of London Mayor Boris Johnson has been kept informed of the River Thames plan, the Daily Echo has learned.

Nearly 1,000 signatures have already been added to an official e-petition urging the Government to support the ambitious, multi-million pound scheme which would save the ship, now in Dubai, from the threat of being broken up and sold for scrap.

Hundreds of people have added their names following reports of negotiations underway between the ship’s Dubai owners and China, after the collapse of plans to turn the former liner into an international tourist attraction in the Middle East.

Former owner Cunard has cast doubt on the reports, but fans of the legendary liner fear for her future.

Ever since arriving in the Middle East, after leaving Southampton for the last time in November, 2008, QE2 has not moved, a victim of the global recession.

The “QE2 London” project calls for the ship to be brought to the UK, where she would be permanently moored at Carlsberg Wharf, opposite the O2 Arena, on the Thames.

It would be an enormously expensive operation, as it is unlikely QE2 would be able to make the voyage from Dubai to the Thames under her own power after such a long lay-up.

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QE2 would be loaded up with enough ballast to sit on the tidal river bed and open as a five-star hotel with tours for the public.

Shipping expert Martin Cox, formerly from Chandler’s Ford but now based in the US where he runs the highly respected website, Maritime Matters, said: “Recent correspondence with the Mayor of London’s office and other related UK sources illuminated a fully realised vision for QE2’s next era on the River Thames.

“Phase One would see the whole area of Carlsberg Wharf demolished, replacing it with parking, a reception building and a walkway to the ship, while Phase Two would include the construction of additional commercial visitor attraction buildings, and possibly incorporate the supersonic Concorde plane.

“Of the original passenger accommodation, it is intended to use the 330 first class cabins and 250 of the larger tourist cabins for the hotel.”

The petition says: “The most famous ship in the world is British. QE2 is the last liner built on the Clyde. She is a British icon.

“QE2 has been in warm store in Dubai for four years. Her future is now uncertain and she may be sold for scrap.

“There is a viable plan to return her to London: ‘QE2 London’. HM Government (Culture, Media and Sport) needs to support this project and consider fast-tracking relevant approvals.

“The proposal is commercial and would potentially attract significant extra tourism to London.”

  • Log on to epetitions.direct.gov.uk to register support. If it gets 100,000 signatures it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.
  • January 10, 2013 - Since this story was first published, the petition on the link above has been taken down from the direct.gov.uk site.

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10:54am Tue 8 Jan 13

BrixtonSaint says...

Remember Sotonians, London's better than the scrappy.

Just saying.
Remember Sotonians, London's better than the scrappy. Just saying. BrixtonSaint
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10:55am Tue 8 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

BrixtonSaint wrote:
Remember Sotonians, London's better than the scrappy.

Just saying.
And better than Southampton
[quote][p][bold]BrixtonSaint[/bold] wrote: Remember Sotonians, London's better than the scrappy. Just saying.[/p][/quote]And better than Southampton kingnotail
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11:17am Tue 8 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

Mutli-million pound operation that needs support from the Government?

Is that financial support? I thought as a country we are skint?

If the Government have to fund it and given the Tories track record of funding absolute folly, it will happen, without a doubt.
Mutli-million pound operation that needs support from the Government? Is that financial support? I thought as a country we are skint? If the Government have to fund it and given the Tories track record of funding absolute folly, it will happen, without a doubt. Outside of the Box
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11:59am Tue 8 Jan 13

aldermoorboy says...

Good idea,could pay for itself as a floating hotel and tourist attraction, beautiful ship.
Good idea,could pay for itself as a floating hotel and tourist attraction, beautiful ship. aldermoorboy
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12:52pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Pikey-Biker says...

It would look good besides the guns of brixton and near the four horesmen as I sit in my brand new cadillac and drink my koka kola
It would look good besides the guns of brixton and near the four horesmen as I sit in my brand new cadillac and drink my koka kola Pikey-Biker
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1:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

StMarysSaint says...

She will never come to London, probably end up as her predecessor... http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/RMS_Queen_E
lizabeth#Final_years
She will never come to London, probably end up as her predecessor... http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/RMS_Queen_E lizabeth#Final_years StMarysSaint
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5:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

If Dubai can't look after it how the hell can UK? I know what will happen. Pay millions to get ti back and then it will end up a rust bucket and sold to China for scrap! Leave it where it is. We as, a country can't afford it!
If Dubai can't look after it how the hell can UK? I know what will happen. Pay millions to get ti back and then it will end up a rust bucket and sold to China for scrap! Leave it where it is. We as, a country can't afford it! bazzeroz
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10:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Linesman says...

bazzeroz wrote:
If Dubai can't look after it how the hell can UK? I know what will happen. Pay millions to get ti back and then it will end up a rust bucket and sold to China for scrap! Leave it where it is. We as, a country can't afford it!
Perhaps a 'Bevvy of Bankers' could buy it using their bonuses.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: If Dubai can't look after it how the hell can UK? I know what will happen. Pay millions to get ti back and then it will end up a rust bucket and sold to China for scrap! Leave it where it is. We as, a country can't afford it![/p][/quote]Perhaps a 'Bevvy of Bankers' could buy it using their bonuses. Linesman
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11:00pm Tue 8 Jan 13

VConcerned says...

Heritage Lottery Fund could pay for this easy. Shares in the project another possibility. Grant money from Europe (before we leave) for tourisum.
The world look to this strech of water so please all support if you can.
Heritage Lottery Fund could pay for this easy. Shares in the project another possibility. Grant money from Europe (before we leave) for tourisum. The world look to this strech of water so please all support if you can. VConcerned
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1:19am Wed 9 Jan 13

QE2 says...

It's time for the BRITISH people to get behind this and save a BRITISH icon. Come on Britain - be proud of this amazing ship! You did the world proud building her!
It's time for the BRITISH people to get behind this and save a BRITISH icon. Come on Britain - be proud of this amazing ship! You did the world proud building her! QE2
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8:27am Wed 9 Jan 13

Raxx says...

White elephant.
White elephant. Raxx
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4:54pm Thu 10 Jan 13

arizonan says...

London site is not exactly, 'Downtown' is it.
Would people go and visit if it is parked by the 02 ?.
Can think of a much better location in the UK.
London site is not exactly, 'Downtown' is it. Would people go and visit if it is parked by the 02 ?. Can think of a much better location in the UK. arizonan
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