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Bay of Biscay Enroute Back to Southampton, July 200817 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from the port bridge wing on our last QE2 voyage.

This was my second bridge visit almost 3 years to the day of the first with the nursery, at a more sedate approximately 21 knots (slow by QE2 standards).

My Dad had written to Captain David Perkins asking if a bridge visit was possible given it was our last chance on a seagoing QE2. I still have the response letter from his secretary.
Thomas Hypher
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Wetdock alongside the Western Docks in Southampton9 viewsTuesday 22nd April 2008 during her last Cunard refit.

This was the final whole Cunard fleet meeting that QE2 took part in, which was an unplanned coincidence because QE2 was originally scheduled to drydock at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven before her sale to Dubai.

I had the day off primary school at very short notice for this.

My Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo.
Thomas Hypher
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Manoel: QE2 August 2008 13 viewsCaptain's cocktail partyLynda Bradford
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Manoel: August 200823 viewsSail awayLynda Bradford
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Manoel: QE2 August 2008 15 viewsSailawayLynda Bradford
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14 viewsThe letter from the Captain's Secretary inviting us up to the bridge on our last trip on QE2 in July 2008, after my Dad had written to Captain David Perkins asking if a bridge visit was possible.

Photo taken back onboard QE2 in late January 2020 in Dubai, in cabin 1028.
Thomas Hypher
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Captain Signed Personal Guide13 viewsThe last QE2 Personal Guide I used on our last trip on QE2 in July 2008, a Mediterranean cruise.

Signed by Captain David Perkins along with the speed we were doing at the time and minimum speed we needed to make on the last leg back to Southampton. In true QE2 fashion we were going faster than needed.

Photo taken back onboard QE2 in late January 2020 in Dubai, in cabin 1028.
Thomas Hypher
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Caronia Restaurant Baked Alaska22 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from our last trip on QE2 in July 2008. Our South African waiter and waitress were wonderful.Thomas Hypher
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QE2 Bathed In The Morning Sunshine17 viewsA screenshot from my Dad's (James A. Hypher's) video footage recorded from QM2 during the final (Eastbound) tandem transatlantic between 16th and 22nd October 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Departing Gibraltar With The Wonderful Funnel Illumination19 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from our last trip on QE2, and the last port we ever visited onboard QE2 on Monday 28th July 2008. Another bit of finality during her final season.Thomas Hypher
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Admiring QE2's Power and Speed From The Original One Deck Aft Windows46 viewsMy photo from our last trip on QE2 in July 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Admirers Up Close While At Anchor In Propriano, Corsica. 27 viewsMy photo from QE2's only visit to Propriano on Thursday 24th July 2008.Thomas Hypher
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A Towel Friend In Cabin 300530 viewsOne of the many happy memories from sailing on QE2. My Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from our last trip on QE2 in July 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Visit to Captain's Cabin on Last Voyage49 viewsCunarder Man
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Joyce Palmer: QE2 Entering the River Tyne in 2008 53 viewsLynda Bradford
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Len Kerr: Don't turn your back on me30 viewsQE2 in Clyde 2008Lynda Bradford
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Len Kerr: QE2 Fun Picture Gourock17 viewsLynda Bradford
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Len Kerr: QE2 entering the Clyde at Gourock Point23 viewsLynda Bradford
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Funnel reflecting on a very sunny day at anchor25 viewsMy photo from our last trip on QE2 in July 2008. I think this was on her only visit to Propriano, Corsica.Thomas Hypher
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Preparing to sail from Gibraltar (2)30 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from Monday 28th July 2008. Our final port call ever on QE2 before returning to Southampton on our last voyage onboard.Thomas Hypher
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Preparing to sail from Gibraltar (1)19 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from Monday 28th July 2008. Our final port call ever on QE2 before returning to Southampton on our last voyage onboard.Thomas Hypher
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A little bit of red framed by white and blue49 viewsMy photo from Friday 25th July 2008 in Civitavecchia. Inspired by a similar photo I saw in one of Marc-Antoine Bombail's (QE2forever's) excellent QE2 books.Thomas Hypher
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White Towel Swan33 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo from our last full day on our last voyage on QE2 in July 2008. The towel animals, made by the stewards and stewardesses, were a nice touch and a nice bit of fun over the years. Taken in cabin 3005.Thomas Hypher
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In her element doing what she was designed for37 viewsA screenshot from my Dad's (James A. Hypher's) video footage of the final crossing. 16th to 22nd October 2008.Thomas Hypher
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QE2's final New York departure as seen from QM2's Boat Deck31 viewsA screenshot from my Dad's (James A. Hypher's) video footage of the event. 16th October 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Dwarfed by the massive expanse of the North Atlantic28 viewsMy Dad's (James A. Hypher's) photo taken from QM2 during QE2's final transatlantic crossing (Eastbound) 16th to 22nd October 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Departing Civitavecchia on Friday 25th July 200834 viewsMy photo. Ocean Village Two and Brilliance Of The Seas departed ahead of us.Thomas Hypher
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Her Denny Brown Stabilisers in action45 viewsMy Dad's (James A Hypher's) photo from our July 2008 Bridge visit.1 commentsThomas Hypher
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Whistle Control Panel48 viewsMy photo from our July 2008 bridge visit.Thomas Hypher
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Port Bridge Wing manoeuvring station or "Barbecue" 32 viewsMy Dad's (James A Hypher's) photo from our July 2008 Bridge visit where, as I've since learnt, we were shown around the bridge by Blair Skilton the officer in this photo and forum member skilly56's (Tony Skilton's) Son. It's a very small world!Thomas Hypher
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Passing under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and into New York40 viewsMy Dad's (James A Hypher's) photo from the January 2008 tandem crossing with Queen Victoria. All three ships of the fleet (at the time) entered New York one after another, QM2 trailing QE2 who was leading the way as was only right and proper!Thomas Hypher
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Joint Winner QE2 in her element on her final transatlantic crossing75 viewsNot rough weather on this occasion but the famous North Atlantic swells were present and at times noticeable. A screenshot from my Dad's (James A Hypher's) video footage from onboard QM2 on the final tandem crossing and QE2's final transatlantic crossing, Eastbound, between the 16th and 22nd October 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Tugboat Ayton Cross escorts QE2 into the Clyde59 views4th October 2008. Taken from MV BalmoralRob Lightbody
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Nasty Surprise, a particularly smokey tug!47 viewsNot sure this tug would pass emissions laws these days ;)
It had just given us a good load of smoke to the bit beneath the bridge which had the large group of us coughing and spluttering a bit. My photo from departing Civitavecchia on Friday 25th July 2008.
Thomas Hypher
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Towel Animals, always a nice surprise!44 viewsDad's photo (James A Hypher's) photo from our last voyage onboard in July 2008. Taken in cabin 3005, note the original to 1969 mirror, light, chest of drawers, and bunk bed.Thomas Hypher
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QE2's first and last visit to Propriano, Corsica63 viewsMy photo from Thursday 24th July 2008. Also our final voyage onboard.Thomas Hypher
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QE2's final departure from New York (2)59 views16th October 2008. A screen capture from my Dad's (James A Hypher's) video footage of this bittersweet event filmed from QM2's Boat Deck.Thomas Hypher
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QE2's final departure from New York (1)65 views16th October 2008. A screen capture from my Dad's (James A Hypher's) video footage of this bittersweet event filmed from QM2's Boat Deck.2 commentsThomas Hypher
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Juxtaposed43 viewsMy photo from Friday 25th July 2008, in Civitavecchia, on our last voyage onboard.Thomas Hypher
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HRH Duke of Edinburgh 11 Nov 200874 viewsCunarder Man
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A lot of famous faces aboard - observing QM2305 viewsOct. 15, 2008Hamburger
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Flannel Elephant22 viewsOne of several flannel animals the room steward made on our final voyage onboard in July 2008. My photo.Thomas Hypher
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"Russia"57 viewsBoat Deck, A Stairway, July 2008. My photo.
"Russia" can now be found in the terminal/lobby building in Dubai along with the same description panel (usually a Cunard Lion branded description panel) as many of the items formerly onboard, and still found onboard, also have.
Thomas Hypher
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The falls and the funnel47 viewsMy photo, July 2008 - probably from our visit to Propriano, Corsica.Thomas Hypher
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Lifeboat/Tender 12 on it's falls and over the side in Propriano, Corsica51 viewsThursday 24th July 2008, QE2's only visit to Propriano. My photo.Thomas Hypher
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QE2's last ever visit to Monte Carlo29 viewsMy photo from our run ashore on Saturday 26th July 2008. We left the port with no fanfare or marking of the occasion, hauling anchor and blowing our whistles a bit before calmly sailing off.Thomas Hypher
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Admiring the view75 viewsRob Lightbody
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Blue sky above the rail, blue Med below it36 viewsRob Lightbody
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76 views...and finally almost ready to leave
Southampton 11.11.2008
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434 viewsQE2 11.11.2008 - Bunkering, for the last time in the UK.Twynkle
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Salute to a Queen. 59 viewsThe Red Arrows salute the QE2on her final visit to the Clydefrazscot
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Southampton 11th November 81 viewscunardqueen
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QE2 docking in Liverpool 2008.77 viewsHer last call to the Port of Liverpool.shipnshore
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QE2 and Tugs on the River Mersey.123 viewsHer final call to Liverpool.shipnshore
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Winner Liverpool Calling.78 viewsFinal call to Liverpool in 2008.shipnshore
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St John 200891 viewsQE2 at St John, Newfoundland 26 September 2008QE2postcards
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In Quebec59 views23 September 2008.Isabelle Prondzynski
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110 viewsOn her last ever visit to Liverpool IN October 2008 the QE2 is moored next to the three Graces at the Liverpool waterfrontcaledonia
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70 viewsThe QE2's last ever visit to Tromso in June 2008caledonia
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QE2 in Civitavecchia41 viewsMy photo from our last voyage onboard. Friday 25th July 2008.Thomas Hypher
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Enjoying the view from the Observation Platform 63 viewsUsually only sea and sky but that is enough - taken 20/10/08 final Transatlantic Barumfox
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A lovely wee bit of deck, just for 254 viewsRob Lightbody
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Job done and standing by as we depart!40 viewsMy photo of the tug that assisted our departure from Civitavecchia on Friday 25th July 2008. MV Bleu de France (now MV Saga Sapphire and originally MV Europa) and MV Ocean Dream (originally Carnival's first ever newbuild, MV Tropicale) are docked in the background.Thomas Hypher
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Picking up the slack on our line!43 viewsMy photo of the tug that assisted our departure from Civitavecchia on Friday 25th July 2008 as it reversed and was even more smoky!Thomas Hypher
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About to get a lung full of exhaust!33 viewsMy photo of the tug that assisted our departure from Civitavecchia on Friday 25th July 2008 as she was coming to take our line at the bow.Thomas Hypher
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Departing Civitavecchia, July 200898 viewsA port tug (which was very smoky at times), Bleu de France (ex Europa, currently Saga Sapphire), and Ocean Dream (ex Tropicale). My photo.Thomas Hypher
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Paying off Pennant109 viewsFinal NY departure 16th October 2008Barumfox
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Under the cranes64 viewsQE2 in Greenock, 5 October 2008Isabelle Prondzynski
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One gun salute!67 viewsDubrovnik July 2008Pete Hamill
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Under escort67 viewsQE2 coming up the Clyde towards Greenock for the last time escorted by HMS Manchester and Balmoral.Pete Hamill
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Passing Cloch lighthouse75 viewsQE2 passing Cloch lighthouse on her way to Greenock for the last time on 5th October 2008. Fire tug and Balmoral in the background.Pete Hamill
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QE2 docks in Greenock for the last ever time, 6th of October 2008161 viewsThis picture evokes such memories for me, as seeing that red funnel under those cranes was always so exciting to me as I travelled downriver to see her (starting in 1990).

On this occasion, I was with special family and friends, and had a really lovely day.
1 commentsRob Lightbody
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QE2 Arriving in the Clyde for the final time, October 6th 200877 viewsTaken from on board MV Balmoral, this was our first glimpse of QE2 as she came towards us. There then followed one of the most wonderful times of my life, alongside QE2 and HMS Manchester as we headed into Greenock as part of the Flotilla.

Never, ever to be forgotten.
1 commentsRob Lightbody
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322 viewsAnd...anchored in Corfu_07.07.2008skilly56
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Joint Winner Anchored in Corfu145 viewsAnchored in Corfu_07.07.2008skilly56
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Farewell to The Legend120 viewsGreenock, October 2008Pete Hamill
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The Love Everyone had for her (Nov 2008)53 viewsElphaba
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Racing HMS Manchester to Greenock118 viewsFinal visit 2008Pete Hamill
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Broad decks and broad horizons58 viewsStowaway2k
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Proudly waving60 viewsCunarder Man
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Liverbird and mast131 viewsComplete with the paying off pennant.shipnshore
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Greenock Farewell55 viewsGreenock, October 5th, 2008Pete Hamill
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Home from Home106 viewsFarewell visit October 2008Pete Hamill
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A Legend comes home65 viewsFarewell visit to the Clyde October 2008Pete Hamill
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looking out of the walls of Dubrovnic, May 200855 viewsLegend in a legendary landscape 2008pete cain
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Everyone out on the staggered decks60 viewsQE2's homecoming on the Clyde, 5 October 2008.Isabelle Prondzynski
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Room for a small one?43 viewsHome for the last time, October 2008Pete Hamill
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Where else?54 viewsPassing the Cloch lighthouse for the last time, October 20081 commentsPete Hamill
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710th and final call to New York45 views16 October, 2008Stowaway2k
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Harmony at Dusk64 viewsStowaway2k
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Joint Winner The race is on!92 viewsBalmoral following QE2 upriver on her last visit to the ClydePete Hamill
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Last visit to the Clyde with Naval escort71 viewsPete Hamill
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The last sail away from New York61 viewscunardqueen
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QE2: The Very Last Time in Honolulu Hawaii_159 viewsThis was the last time I saw the majestic liner, docked at Honolulu Harbor's Pier 2 on March 25, 2008. Doesn't she look just wonderful in the bright sunny Hawaiian sunlight? There must be some reason why one of her lifeboats was being lowered the afternoon I shot this.Mel
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QE2: The Very Last Time in Honolulu Hawaii_292 viewsThis was the last time I saw the majestic liner, docked at Honolulu Harbor's Pier 2 on March 25, 2008. Doesn't she look just wonderful in the morning Hawaiian sunlight? Mel
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QE2: The Very Last Time in Honolulu Hawaii_368 viewsThis was the last time I saw the majestic liner, docked at Honolulu Harbor's Pier 2 on March 25, 2008. Doesn't she look just wonderful in the bright sunny Hawaiian sunlight? Mel
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115 views"The Leaving of Liverpool". The emotional final farewell to the Queen of the Oceans from where she was conceived. shipnshore
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Final Departure from QE2 as a passenger October 22nd 2008 97 viewscunardqueen
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far away...71 viewsmy final shot
QE2 leaving New York, 17. October 2008
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a last glimpse...86 viewspart of my final shot
QE2 leaving New York, 17. October 2008
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clear lines - perfect Liner168 viewsOctober 2008Hamburger
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A Hot and Sunny Day in Honolulu109 viewsHer last stop in Hawaii, March 2008.Mel
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QE2 meets Sea Princess in Quebec, 2008106 viewsIsabelle Prondzynski
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Paying Off82 viewsStowaway2k
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Clydebuilt 2 : Arrival after her final westbound crossing117 viewsFinal westbound crossing, 16.10.2008.The QE2 Story Administrator
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Clydebuilt 2 : The Apple stretching and yawning92 viewsFinal westbound crossing, 16.10.2008.The QE2 Story Administrator
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Clydebuilt 2 : Arrival at Pier 9071 viewsFinal westbound crossing, 16.10.2008.The QE2 Story Administrator
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QE2 in NYC January 13 200889 viewsCunarder Man
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New Big Sister - Together in NY 2008124 viewsNew Big Sister - Together in NY 2008Seagreen
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Final Departure from New York, passing the Statute of Liberty79 viewsEd1000
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Final Departure from New York, with QM269 viewsEd1000
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74 viewsDocked in New York, 16 October 2008Ed1000
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Manhattan Pier85 viewsSeptember 16, 2008, on her final Autumn Colors cruise.highlander0108
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Two Icons76 viewsOctober 16, 2008highlander0108
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Final Departure on the Hudson83 viewsBacking out of the pier, on the Hudson, October 16, 2008.highlander0108
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Final departure90 views17.10.2008Hamburger
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Security warning - keep 50 metres away115 views16.10.2008Hamburger
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Winner "Right through the very heart of it, New York New York"121 viewsJanuary 2008Stowaway2k
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QE2, Seagull and lifeboat, 15th August 2005, South Queensferry, Scotland127 views1 commentsRob Lightbody
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Brass band playing for final call at Stavanger, 2008114 viewsTwynkle
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