The photograph gives it away – I don’t mean HRH, but RMS.
Did you know that RMS Queen Elizabeth was once a tourist attraction here in Fort Lauderdale?
The Queen Elizabeth, was once known as the empress of the Atlantic. This 83,000 ton ocean liner became a tourist attraction in Fort Lauderdale in 1969, when she was retired as a passenger ship.
A group of investors bought the ship for $8.6 million and she was brought to Port Everglades. A newspaper report at the time said (rather ungrammatically) that ‘plans include construction of adjacent hotels, motels, shops, restaurants and theaters designed to make it a major stop for sight-seers as well as a convention center”.
Previously, it had been thought that the ship would become an attraction in Philadelphia but it was realized that it would take several years to create a suitable berth.
The new owners were called The Queen Ltd of Fort Lauderdale and despite all their grand plans, the company went into liquidation shortly after the Queen arrived in Port Everglades. It opened for a while as a museum but the grand plans never materialized.
The following year, conversion began to transform the ship into a floating university in Hong Kong. However, just before the onversion was completed, in January 1972, the ship caught fire. It was suspected that the fires had been started deliberately; several fires had broken out simultaneously.
This once-proud ocean liner was dismantled for scrap. Portions of the hull remain underwater in Hong Kong Harbor. Sad.
Photographs from Wikipedia.