Decaying Sub May Damage Queen Mary

Benny Morales

A Russian Submarine that goes by “Scorpion” has been overlooked and ignored far too long when considering the safety hazards and repairs that are not being restored. The submarine that sits right next to the Queen Mary has been said to be so badly corroded that it is in danger of sinking and even rolling into the historical ship.

The previous tourist attraction was shut down in 2015 due to the copious amounts of rust and deterioration as well as the vile raccoon infestation, forcing the 1971 Russian Pacific Fleet submarine to be a view site until further action was taken.

Fingers have been pointed between Scorpion’s former operator Newco Pty Ltd., Queen Mary’s former operator Save the Queen, and Urban Commons, another former operator of the Queen Mary. A lawsuit took place discussing who should have to be stuck with the complication and it later turned-out Urban Commons was the one who would have to pay the bill to remove the submarine.

Urban Commons is in quite the pickle with already having to pay an extremely large amount of money to the city for the Queen Mary. Despite there being bit of a mix up with who actually owns the submarine, the city had filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court and came to conclusion that the Scorpion is personal property of Urban Commons or at least was left in its possession.

Because the Scorpion was not part of the Queen Mary’s lease agreement, the city feels as though they do not need to be responsible for the removal of the submarine. Leaving Urban Commons the only resort for the submarine to either get restored or transported out.

Though the submarine is quite the attraction to look at, without any repairs or maintenance that will allow people to go inside or even get up close to it, the submarine is as good a trash, and is getting in the way of the massive redevelopment project the Queen Mary has been trying to undergo for many years now.

Recently, city officials have learned that the submarine has begun to take on some water and does not have a bilge pump, making it more than likely for it to sink or roll into the Queen Mary.

Although the submarine is surrounded by a thick rock wall, which is momentarily keeping it in place, if left without repairs any longer the Scorpion may pose an environmental and public safety hazard. The best and easiest option would be to just remove the submarine completely and scrap it bit by bit, but the only issue is when Urban Commons can come forth the money.

The city is asking a bankruptcy court judge to deny any efforts by the former operator to abandon the submarine. A hearing is scheduled for July 7.

Even though Urban Commons has plenty to worry about with its bankruptcy with the Queen Mary, it also needs to give attention to the ticking time bomb right next door known as “Scorpion” that is just about ready to cause more destruction to the Queen Mary if it begins to sink and roll.


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