Torrance, California: Anchor From The Ship Queen Elizabeth

Once part of the mightiest ocean liner in the world, the anchor from the Queen Elizabeth now sits ignored in a patch of grass across from a shopping mall.

Address:
3440 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA
Directions:
On the south side of W. Carson St. just east of its intersection with Del Amo Circle E.
Admission:
Free
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Anchor and Letters from RMS Queen Elizabeth

The RMS Queen Elizabeth caught fire under suspicious circumstances and capsized off of Hong Kong in 1972, not two years after billionaire C.Y. Tung purchased the ship, sank more than $5 million into renovating it, and renamed it "Seawise University" for his planned semester-at-sea program as a floating university. It remained half-sunk through the late 1990s. A 16-ton anchor and the letters "Q" and "E" are on display outside an office building at Del Amo Shopping Center, where the headquarters of the ill-fated Seawise University was to be located.

Another anchor and set of letters are displayed in New York at a building that once housed Yung's offices but is now occupied by a bank.

[LaGina, 04/20/2015]

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