Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Q is for QE2 in ABC Wednesday


Living as I do, I am accustomed to see a great number of cruise ships during the summer season. Many of the modern ones look like Sky-scrapers turned sideways (also known as "hotels with propellers"). However - this one does not. The QE2 (or more officially "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2") is not just another boat - she is a SHIP!

Wikipedia says it like this:

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth, which in turn was named after Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen consort of George VI. She was the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. Built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners prior to the construction of the QM2. Before she was refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986, she was also the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service. During almost 40 years of service, the QE2 has travelled the world and now operates predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England. She will be retired from active service in late 2008, to become a floating hotel at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
It is a pity she is going out of service, but she has still a couple of cruises left for this area, so maybe I can get some more pictures?


PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

55 comments:

Petunia said...

Jeg var spendt på hva folk fant på på Q, ikke tenkte jeg på Queen... Flott bilde og det må jo være en drøm å være ombord )når det er speilblankt på fjorden. Ingen får meg ombord i båt om så det er små krusninger på sjøen.)
Har du tatt dette bildet hjemmefra eller visste du at hun kom forbi i nærheten og fant deg et fint sted for å ta bilde?

me and my camera said...

Very beautiful! I love the ship and love the landscape too! Great photo: A lovely Q.

Daniel J Santos said...

Very beautiful image, excellent done.

ellen b said...

Wow that is a beauty for Q! Huge!!
Have a great week...

GAWO said...

Jeg kan bare drømme om å komme ombord der. Så jeg er fornøyd bare av å se dette vakre bildet av et vakkert skip. Litt av et skip også.
Du har virkelig fått til noe fint på Q. Tipper at det er mange som sliter denne onsdagen. Jeg i hvertfall.....

ArneA said...

Too early for me to post on tuesday, but after midnight you may see my ABC Q.
Ship and you seems to be the right connection.

John said...

Vel komponert bilde Rune. Ja hvis du bor sånn til at dette er din skue utover fjorden så har du litt av en orkesterplass.

imac said...

Great shot Rune, My MIL(mother-in-law) has been on the Queen MaryII.

Pop over to see my Q post and the Bluebells.

Berit said...

Flott skip dette og sikkert en opplevelse å se i virkeligheten!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Nydelig bilde igjen. Og en nydelig Q!
Tenkte på Queen som dronning, men hadde ikke noe bilde. Men mine ungdoms helter Queen glemte jeg. Ja ja, sånn er det:)

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Så flott Q du har funnet på i dag. Elsker båter og hav.

mrsnesbitt said...

Aw Rune..........thanks so much for your comment,
QE2......why didn't i think of that?

LOL! I would not have had to bake anything!


Dxxx

leslie said...

I don't think I could ever afford to travel on that ship, but some day I might be able to visit it as a poor tourist. lol Great shot!

Ida said...

Flott Q!
Husker da dette skipet ankom Bergen. Jeg var på veg til flyplassen og såg det på nesten samme sted, fra Sotrabroen.

photowannabe said...

What a majestic ship. She is quite a Lady. Perfect choice for the Letter Q.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

This is big! I am just not used to seeing something so large when I grow up in such a small area... I can imagine what I would be like seeing this in person! WOW... it's a beauty!!

david mcmahon said...

Historic vessel. And a beautiful shot.

Paulie said...

As it was downloading, I saw the little boat in the harbor and knew that couldn't be the QT2. . . Ü She's a beautiful ship! Great choice. Mine is up early also.

Judy said...

She's a beauty. I would love to sail on her.

nina said...

Oh, wow.
She's beautiful!

Nina at Nature Remains

Texas Travelers said...

Great photograph of a grand lady.
Thanks for sharing.

Come visit my Quadruped,
Troy

Dirty Knees said...

Really, really BIG, isn't she?

kbbryant said...

What an unusual Q. You captured a wonderful photo of it.

Kathy b

Neva said...

A good "Q" and a very nice looking ship....I have never been on a cruise but this looks lovely.

Kelly said...

What a beautiful ship! What a beautiful shot!

Picturing of Life said...

wow..that is big ship. I love the view, beautiful...

Will you visit mine Thanks

Gordon said...

She certainly has beautiful lines. The QE2 visited Adelaide earlier this year and I went to farewell her, and photograph her for my blog. Your photo is exceptional; such a lovely backdrop.

AVCR8TEUR said...

She is a beauty. What a scenic place you live at to see great ships passing by.

naturglede said...

For en flott båt da! Q er ingen enkel bokstav synes jeg, men du klarte det du!

babooshka said...

Excellent q and very informative as always.

evlahos said...

a very beautiful post, a great ship. maybe the sheik of Dubai need this for bedrooms.

DeeJay said...

excellent 'Q' choice
Lucky you with an outlook like that

Anemone said...

ÅÅÅååå, den så jeg i fjor sommer når den besøkte Trondheim, en nydelig båt som ligger så godt i vannet. uti fjorden her, der sundet er på det smaleste, er det så fint å beskue slike vakre turistskip. Maasvis av folk samles der, på fyret, med kaffe, forventninger, fotoapparat osv. Sosialt og flott.

Bildet ditt var nå ekstra flott også da, la nå det være sagt.

Husker jeg dengang trålte nettet for å finne bilder av denne båten innvendig, og det var spennende å se gitt. Reneste "Dynastiet " !!!, og tror jeg hadde følt meg malplassert der i mine bermudashorts :-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a very nice photograph and I learned something about QE2 that I didn't know.

lv2scpbk said...

Yes, I agree and a beautiful ship at that.

Ackworth Born said...

years ago we sailed past the QE2 in Southampton - we were on the ferry to the Isle of Wight and were amazed at the size of it. Little did we dream then that one day we would sail aboard an even bigger ship. Nor that it would take us to Bergen and other undreamt of ports. Can we manage a third cruise before we hang up our boots? I don't know.

Gary said...

Love the photo. Great post.

Gary

Miss_Yves said...

Wonderful picture!Many remembrances for me...
I was born at Cherbourg:this harbour was famous for the deapartures of Queen ElizI and Q Mary I ...a long time ago
(I wrote some texts about Cherbourg on "Photograff"a few months ago,there are some pictures "Un petit tour à Cherbourg "and "cherbourg-la cité de la Mer)
I saw Queen Mary II in 2004, but I took no photos
Thanks for sharing
Miss Yves

Liz said...

She was a fabulous ship. Great photo.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" agrees that it is sad to see "QE2" retired. "Louis" remembers her call to San Francisco some 30 years ago - the thrill of seeing her come under the Golden Gate. "Louis" was raised in the Texas Panhandle and didn't see the ocean until he was 28 years old, so seeing "QE2" was special. Last year, "QM2" called on San Francisco. "Louis" posted photos of her visit on the blog he writes for his family.

Jonna said...

that is a great photo.

Katney said...

Your photo would serve well on their advertising brochure. Lovely queen.

quintarantino said...

A very nice photo of that steamer!

mylittlephotonook said...

Vilken bedårande drottning! Hon är en riktig skönhet. Hur har du lyckats att ta ett sådant fint foto på henne??

Petunia said...

Tusen takk for eddik tipset. har lagt det ut sammen med innlegget som et lite ekstra tips!

Janet said...

What a beautiful photo....you must live in a lovely part of the world.

nonizamboni said...

Perfect choice for today's letter and great photo. Thanks for the info about her too.
Happy Wednesday,

Nydia said...

Great post for Q, Runee. I worked for a big jewelry company called Amsterdam Sauer here in Rio as a secretary, and during the tourism high season, we worked with all these big ships, and the QE has always been the best one... :) Kisses from Nydia.

raf said...

Great photo and post for the Q today, Rune. Enjoyed the text as well. Thank you.

Patty said...

Beautiful ship and interesting story. Thank you.

Alan said...

The QE2 was a great choice. Beautiful ship indeed. I've gotta take a cruise soon... though I would prefer the warm caribbean to the cold north. :)

starnitesky said...

She is a beautiful ship - how a cruise ship should look!

Helena said...

Ah! QE2, of course!

I had a hard time trying to think of a "Q"!

Carolyn said...

What a lovely blog full of gorgeous photos of your beautiful country! I was fortunate enough to work on a cruise ship for two years. Sailing through your Fjords was one of the highlights of my life.

Thanks for sharing. Oh, and David sent me!

VP said...

Excellent picture as always Runee. I sailed round the outside of her on my school geography field trip many years ago when she was docked at Southampton.

Thanks for bringing back some happy memories.