Britain: Long Live the Q

Britain's ancient pride in its merchant marine has been battered recently by some mighty waves. First the stately Queen Mary, too stuffy for enjoyable Caribbean cruising and too expensive to maintain on the declining transatlantic run, was sold to the city of Long Beach, Calif. After its 1,001st Atlantic crossing and a nostalgic final voyage around South America, the 31-year-old three-stacker will be converted into a floating museum and entertainment center. Last week, lured by the publicity value of such a venture, Honolulu bid to get the larger Queen Elizabeth next year...

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