By Jeff Bonner (VoxLuna) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jeff Bonner (VoxLuna) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
A Russian submarine in Long Beach is being torpedoed through neglect by the Queen Mary.

At least that’s what the owners of the sub allege in a lawsuit filed against firms connected to the Queen Mary.

The owners of the submarine Scorpion moored adjacent to the Queen Mary allege the giant ship-turned-hotel companies are responsible for the Soviet Foxtrot-class vessel falling into disrepair, allowing an infestation of raccoons and ignoring upkeep, leading to the tourist sub listing at its dock.

The sub people say it may take $10 million to correct all the problems. And in a bit of snark, the lawsuit describes how much the sub brings in from tourist dollars, unlike the “money-losing” Queen Mary.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Tuesday by Palm Springs- based Newco Pty Ltd. seeks $10 million in damages and names as defendants Save the Queen LLC, Garrison Investment Group and Urban Commons. The complaint also seeks a court order preventing the transfer of the submarine from its present location. The plaintiffs believe Urban Commons bought control of the master lease for the Queen Mary from Garrison Investments and wants the sub moved so that Urban Commons can “pursue its future development of its Queen Mary leasehold,” the suit states.

Urban Commons issued a statement in reaction to the lawsuit.

“Urban Commons is currently reviewing the lawsuit and allegations concerning the Scorpion.” the statement read. “While we do not have any involvement with the vessel, we are looking into the matter.”

The Scorpion has been moored at the Port of Long Beach since 1998, the suit states. During that time, its hull has been exposed to salt water, pollution, dust and grime, the suit states.

In January 2011, Newco leased its rights to the Scorpion to Save the Queen for use as a tourist attraction, the suit states. Visitors to the sub and its gift shop generated more than $500,000 in revenue annually, “unlike the perennial money-losing Queen Mary,” the suit states.

Save the Queen later hired Garrison Investment to manage, maintain and repair, according to the complaint. Garrison subsequently turned over those responsibilities to Evolution Hospitality LLC, which maintains those duties to this date, the suit states.

Evolution Hospitality, which is not a defendant in the case, did not have any prior experience in the upkeep of marine vessels, the suit states.

During a January 2012 inspection, Newco found numerous deficiencies in the maintenance of the Scorpion, including raccoon infestation, rust spots on the outer hull and a lack of fresh paint on the entire deck, the suit states.

In June 2015, the Scorpion began to list to the left as a result of poor upkeep, the suit states. The repairs to the vessel will cost about $10 million, the suit states.

Newco spent $1 million to move the Scorpion from Australia to Long Beach, according to the complaint.

—City News Service

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