Model Queen Mary moves into new home

Model Queen Mary moves into new home

Model Queen Mary moves into new home

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A MODEL of the Queen Mary has taken pride of place at Southampton's new SeaCity Museum.

Moving the 26ft-long, one-tonne scale model into its new home was a Herculean task in itself.

Windows had to be removed and cranes deployed to hoist the ship into the exhibition space at the museum at the city's Civic Centre, where it was welcomed by leisure and tourism supremo Cllr John Hannides.

But the biggest task of all was to bring the massive model into ship-shape condition.

Two conservation technicians were tasked with cleaning the exhibit - using tiny cotton buds.

The job took four days to complete, which is about the record time the real 81,961-tonne liner took to sail to New York during her sailing career which spanned from 1936 to 1967.

The ship, carved from one log of white mahogany, was previously berthed in the old maritime museum.

It is the first artefact in the new museum which opens on April 10.

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9:24pm Sat 25 Feb 12

loosehead says...

So it really is a sea city museum I thought every one in previous posts said it was a Titanic museum?
So it really is a sea city museum I thought every one in previous posts said it was a Titanic museum? loosehead
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8:58am Sun 26 Feb 12

lightsouth says...

Nice to see them build an iceburg inspired museum to comemorate the titanic.
Nice to see them build an iceburg inspired museum to comemorate the titanic. lightsouth
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2:10pm Sun 26 Feb 12

TEBOURBA says...

Great work by the modeller, I saw it, together with the other artefacts, at the old museum, which was shut down because it was losing tens of thousands of pounds every year!
Interesting as this and the other exhibits maybe, it is hardly the attraction that I am likely to visit more than once in every three or four years at best.
I really cannot see where sufficient visitors will come from, to make this a viable proposition, particularly bearing in mind the proposed high cost of admission and the fact that all Southampton's Council Tax Payers are getting a one off, free entry.
Certainly no privately financed organisation has stepped up to the plate to run it which speaks reams.
I fear it will sink as quickly as the ship it commemorates.
Great work by the modeller, I saw it, together with the other artefacts, at the old museum, which was shut down because it was losing tens of thousands of pounds every year! Interesting as this and the other exhibits maybe, it is hardly the attraction that I am likely to visit more than once in every three or four years at best. I really cannot see where sufficient visitors will come from, to make this a viable proposition, particularly bearing in mind the proposed high cost of admission and the fact that all Southampton's Council Tax Payers are getting a one off, free entry. Certainly no privately financed organisation has stepped up to the plate to run it which speaks reams. I fear it will sink as quickly as the ship it commemorates. TEBOURBA
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7:25pm Mon 27 Feb 12

fuzzyfelt says...

it will be fine cant wait to see it ...dont forget it is the archeology museum too so lots too see ........however i hope its not as stark as the tudor house museum ......free to get into the great cafe
it will be fine cant wait to see it ...dont forget it is the archeology museum too so lots too see ........however i hope its not as stark as the tudor house museum ......free to get into the great cafe fuzzyfelt
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