Friday, August 3, 2007

From the help wanted department:

Queen Mary needs help - the original Queen Mary, that is. The ship has been in constant service since it was constructed at the John Brown Shipyard in the late 1920's and early 1930's.

The RMS Queen Mary Foundation has launched a $10-million preservation campaign in connection with the ship's 40th anniversary year in Long Beach. They plan on funding it $1 at a time by asking patrons to "Adopt A Rivet." Shown at left is some of the rivet work being done.

"This program makes it affordable for anyone to contribute to Queen Mary preservation projects," said Bruce Vancil, executive director of RMS Queen Mary Foundation. "Some people are sending a dollar or two, and others are passing the hat at the office or spreading the word and sending in hundreds. It's all welcome and will be put to good use," he added.

If you wish to donate, you may send $1 for each rivet you wish to adopt (limit 10,000,000) and receive an Adopt A Rivet Certificate upon request via e-mail. Donations should be sent to Adopt A Rivet, RMS Queen Mary Foundation, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach CA 90802. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.