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Name Official number Flag IMO
QUEEN ELIZABETH 2  336703  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1969  20/09/1967  18/04/1969 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger Liner  Steel Steam Turbine  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  736 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
65863 grt / 37218 nrt / 963 ft  105.2 ft  41.7 ft  32 ft 
Engine builder John Brown (Engineering) Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
2 sets steam turbines, 110000shp, 2 - Screw 28.5knots
1987: 9 x 9cyl oil engines MAN-B&W Diesel GmbH, Augsburg, 130000bhp driving twin cp screws, 28.5knots. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Cunard Line Ltd., Southampton  Southampton  11/12/1968 
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
01/1994 Cunard Steam Ship Co. Ltd., London
05/1998 Cunard White Star Line Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda but retained Southampton registry
02/2008 Carnival plc, London
11/2008 QE2 Enterprises, Dubai for use as a floating hotel
08/2009 registered at Vanuatu 
Vessel history
Following the rejection of a previous purely Transatlantic liner known as Q3, Queen Elizabeth 2 or Q4 was conceived as a dual Transatlantic liner and cruise ship. Ordered in 1964 the contract went to John Brown at Clydebank, the deal signed on 30/12/1964.
Her keel was laid on 05/07/1965 one day late after an embarrassing incident the previous day when it would not move. After many difficulties of which engine problems were the most reported and also cost increases, on 18/04/1969 her delivery was accepted
Maiden voyage to New York 02/05/1969.
On 08/09/1971 rescued passengers from French liner Antilles on fire off island of Mustique.
On 18/05/1972 following coded message of possible bomb on board, bomb disposal team parachuted to her in Mid-Atlantic. No bomb was found.
On 03/05/1982 she was requisitioned as troop transport to the Falkland Islands and following conversion sailed with 3000 troops to Cumberland Bay on 12/05/1982.
On 11/06/1982 she arrived back in Southampton and received a post campaign refit. Emerged with grey hull and traditional Cunard Red funnel.The grey was not practical and near Cunard dark hull was restored July 1983.
On 27/10/1986 she arrived in Bremerhaven for re-engining carried out by Lloyd Werft. Completed 25/04/1987. Main external difference was the new, wider funnel.
04/09/2005 became Cunard's longest serving ship overtaking Aquitania.
18/06/2007 her sale to Nahkeel Holdings, Dubai was announced for conversion to hotel.
On 20/09/2007 she celebrated the 40th Anniversary of her launch back on the Clyde but at Greenock.
In October 2008 she embarked on a Farewell Cruise round UK.
11/11/2008 she departed from Southampton for Dubai arriving 26/11/2008.
Since then, the economic situation saw plans shelved but in 2013 she entered drydock for hull attention. There are various plans for her future but so far in early 2014 she remains at Dubai.

 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
  Laid Up  
Disposal Detail
 
 

 



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