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February 02, 2006

The Queen Mary

Came across this interesting little piece... A stark reminder of how strength from the outside might not match the substance inside...

The Queen Mary was the largest ship to cross the oceans when it was launched in 1936. Through four decades and a World War she served until she was retired, anchored as a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California.

During the conversion, her three massive smoke-stacks were taken off to be scraped down and repainted. But on the dock they crumbled. Nothing was left of the 3/4-inch steel plate from which the stacks had been formed. All that remained were more than thirty coats of paint that had been applied over the years. The steel had rusted away.

Posted by gary at February 2, 2006 12:49 PM

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Interesting paralells to the masks we often wear.

Posted by: Megan at February 2, 2006 02:04 PM

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