By Leigh Armstrong

The cruise ship Cunard Queen Elizabeth has been approved to put up artwork on the rock wall by the railroad dock. 

The artwork was approved at the July 10 borough assembly, but the cruise line was asked by the assembly to decide its preferred location from four options. The chosen space is northeast of the M&M Tour Co. building and was accepted by the assembly at its July 18 meeting.

The artwork submitted by Cunard is a rectangle with the words “Maiden Alaska Season 2019” in gold lettering. A stylized image of the top of the Queen Elizabeth will be in black and red below with “Cunard” in red text below.

The rock wall by the dock has collected the artwork of incoming passenger ships since the 1920s.

Traditionally, ships adorn the wall with a piece of art signifying their first year coming into Skagway. To add their artwork to the wall, ships must submit a picture of the design and have it approved by the assembly.

The only other application this year to add artwork on the wall came from Princess Cruises for the inaugural tour of the Royal Princess.