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The Queen Mary 2 was built at the Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Sainte-Nazaire, France. This is the same yard that built the S.S. FRANCE, S.S. NORMANDIE, and the S.S. ILE DE FRANCE. The QUEEN MARY2 is the largest, longest, tallest and widest passenger ship ever conceived and the most expensive ship ever built. Standing dockside she is as tall as a 21-story building. She is over one hundred feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, over four city blocks in length.

Length:1132 feet Beam:135 feet Beam at Bridge Wings:147.5 feet Draft:32 feet 10 inches Height (Keel to Top of Funnel):236.2 feet Gross Registered Tonnage: Approximately 150,000 gross tons Passengers: 2620 Crew: 1253 Top Speed: Approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph) Power: 157,000 horsepower, Environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant Propulsion: Four pods of 20 MW each. 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing. Strength: Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Transatlantic Crossings. Stabilizers: Two sets. Cost: Estimated $800 million dollars.


Naming ceremonies in Southampton.

Maiden Voyage - 14-Days from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale. Ports of Call: Southampton, Funchal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Bridgetown, Charlotte Amalie, Fort Lauderdale January 12, 2004


On April 25, 2004 the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Queen Mary 2 were docked in New York City for the first time together. The QM2 sailed first followed by the QE2 down the Hudson River only minutes apart and after a spectacular fireworks display they passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into the Atlantic Ocean.

The two ships sailed within sight of each other across the Atlantic, and after a ceremony in Southampton, between QE2's Captain Ian McNaught and the QM2's Commodore Ronald Warwick the title of flagship of the Cunard fleet passed to QM2. This also marked the last regularly scheduled Transatlantic crossing for the QE2, ending her 35 year tradition.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2 meet in New York April 25, 2004.

(Jets on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid Air Museum in foreground.)

Photographed by: James R. Ducker



Letter From Commodore R W Warwick, Master of QUEEN MARY 2

Letter From Captain Ian McNaught, Captain of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2

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