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Launched at Clydebank on this day 50 years ago, the magnificent QE2 ruled the waves

Theocean liner enters the water at Clydebank (Dennis Oulds & Ted West/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Theocean liner enters the water at Clydebank (Dennis Oulds & Ted West/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

DESIGNED for trips between Southampton and New York, the Queen Elizabeth 2 was special.

It was on September 20, 1967 that the magnificent ship was launched at Clydebank.

The ship is moved to the fitting out berth (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

 

If you were to build her today, she would cost somewhere around £370 million, although in her almost 40 years’ service she must have recouped that over and over again.

The QE2 commenced sea trials the following year, and she’d have a varied life.

(Express/Getty Images)

 

The awesome ocean liner was built for the Cunard Line, and would operate as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship until 2008.

In fact, she remained the line’s flagship until 2004, when the RMS Queen Mary appeared on the scene.

QE2 was refitted with a diesel power plant in the mid-80s, having been the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service.

QE2 on her final visit to the Clyde in 1982 (Ross Crae / DC Thomson)

She also undertook regular world cruises. Never given the Royal Mail Ship designation, she was always SS, MV or MS in official papers.

After being retired from service with Cunard, a private equity firm intended turning her into a floating hotel with 500 rooms, moored at Dubai.