RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

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Queen Elizabeth 2

The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 or QE2 is a retired ocean liner that once served the Cunard Line.

Construction of the QE2 began in 1965 in the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland. She was commisioned and put into service on April 22, 1969.

Principal Particulars

Service Life

  • 1971 facilitated the rescue of 500 passengers from the French Line "Antilles"
  • May 17, 1972 was subject to a bomb threat on a passage between New York and Southhampton
  • 1973 Galley was koshered for a special charter cruise to Israel
  • April 1982 Used as a troop carrier in the Falklands War
  • Post war put back into passenger service but with a new grey hull paint
  • August 7, 1992 Damaged off Cuttyhunk Island attributed to ship squat effect
  • 1994 was given a multimillion dollar facelift and refit
  • 1995 encountered a rogue wave estimated to be 90 feet high caused by Hurricane Louis
  • 1999 treated to another refit and refurbishment
  • October 3, 2008 departed Cork to start her final voyage
  • November 2008 Retired and sold to a Dubai investment group for conversion
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