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QE2 at her berth, 10 October

QE2 at her berth, 10 October

Today is QE2’s last call at Southampton, her home port. She leaves this evening on her last voyage ever, to Dubai where she will be converted into a hotel. There is a full programme of events, including a visit on board by the Duke of Edinburgh, a poppy drop to commemorate both the date (11 November) and (I presume) QE2’s own ‘war service’ – she went to the Falklands in 1982 – and a fireworks display this evening.

Mind you, she may be reluctant to leave Blighty. It seems that she managed to run aground on Bramble Bank on her way into Southampton. Practicing for this evening, perhaps? Anyway, here’s a link to a story about her last day in Southampton.

The picture is one I took at the end of our cruise on Ventura, and shows QE2 lying at her berth (at the QE2 Terminal) on the morning of 10 October.

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