Weekend Farewell: Ocean Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 on Final Voyage to New York

by OldSailor on October 18, 2008

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On October 16, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) left New York harbor on her 710th and final voyage as an ocean liner. The QE2 is expected to be delivered to Dubai World in November, where she will be refurbished and adapted for her new role as a floating hotel at the Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island.

Here are some interesting features of Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2):queen_elizabeth2

  • Launched by Cunard in 1967 from Glasgow, Scotland.
  • With a top speed of 32.5 knots, she is the fastest passenger ship in the world.
  • Also she can go faster backwards than most cruise ships can go forwards!
  • Sailed 5.9 million nautical miles, a highest record for any ship and the distance equals to traveling to the moon and back 13 times.
  • Carried almost 2.5 million guests.
  • Completed 25 full world cruises.
  • In 1982, during the Falkland War, she transported 3,000 troops to the South Atlantic.
  • An estimated one million people turned out to greet her when she called at Liverpool for the first time in 1990.

Here is the Fact File of Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2).

Here is an interesting slide show of Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) from Time.

Here is an interesting video clip ‘Queen Elizabeth 2 Final NY Departure’

Queen Elizabeth 2 photograph is from Cunard and read more about QE2 from Cunard here and here.

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