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End of an era for the QE2: Iconic
cruise liner sold as scrap to
Chinese for £20m

Daily Mail (UK), by Keith Gladdis

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/24/2012 9:27:18 AM

The QE2 is set to be sold as scrap to the Chinese for £20m. The move follows the failure of a after a last minute bid to bring it back to the famous cruise liner back to Britain as a five-star floating hotel. The iconic ocean liner - which also served as a troop carrier during the Falklands - has been moored in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £64m in 2008. Dubai had originally planned to convert the QE2 into a 1,000 room luxury hotel at the tip of the famous man made Palm Jumeirah island.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wilko, 12/24/2012 10:27:19 AM     (No. 9081850)

The QE2 used to visit the Virgin Islands when I lived down there. It was too big for the St Thomas harbor so they ferried the passengers to shore. It was always an occasion when it visited, lots of people in town and taxi traffic was intense.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/24/2012 10:30:06 AM     (No. 9081859)

Ships age and reach an end to their useful lives, like all machines- like my old Blazer, for example. Yes, they do have some human nostalgic value- but, in the end, they all just become useless hunks of scrap metal, good only for recycling or museums. I´m hoping the museum fate is the one my beloved Blazer has in store- but, I fear it will be the usual scrap heap.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/24/2012 10:34:53 AM     (No. 9081870)

It seems the Chinese have just acquired their second aircraft carrier.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/24/2012 10:35:01 AM     (No. 9081871)

But there is only one QE2...there are a lot of Blazers. Not really an adaquate analogy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Evocatus, 12/24/2012 10:46:01 AM     (No. 9081889)

Echoing #3:

Scrap my ash. They now have all the technology to reverse engineer, to include engines, control systems, metallurgy, etc, etc, etc.

That´s one of the ways that the Chinese leap forward, blatant disregard for patent, copyright, trademark, etc.

I wouldn´t be a bit surprised if the elements, if not the hull, end up in an Aircraft carrier.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 12/24/2012 11:02:09 AM     (No. 9081928)

Many years ago I was part of a scout trip to Europe. We were passing the shipyard where the QE2 was being built and was invited in for a personal tour. The person in charge of the yard was a scout leader. It´s sad that it will end up being used for refrigerators or washing machines.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/24/2012 11:03:27 AM     (No. 9081933)

Totally depressing, this.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/24/2012 11:06:27 AM     (No. 9081942)

The era that should end is Cunard.
As a frequent cruiser, I would never sail a line that has a caste system. 3 classes of passengers, each with their own space and dining. How do you spell snob?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/24/2012 12:38:50 PM     (No. 9082097)

It´s just a big hunk of iron!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyHen, 12/24/2012 1:05:05 PM     (No. 9082138)

For those of us who have an affinity for these magnificent works of man´s ingenuity and imagination and who love the oceans of the world and the slow travel of yesteryear, seeing this beautiful old lady of the sea go to the breakers does indeed bring a tear to our eye. RIP.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pigop, 12/24/2012 1:14:21 PM     (No. 9082153)

It served its purpose. RIP QE2.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ribicon, 12/24/2012 1:31:08 PM     (No. 9082182)

The QE2 and the France (also scrapped) were among the last few ships to sport the lines of the classic ocean liner. Today´s supersize cruise vessels are ungainly and top-heavy, to my eye.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bullhead, 12/24/2012 1:36:06 PM     (No. 9082185)

I was part of the USCG´s welcoming fleet of cutters and aircraft that led the QE2´s 1969 maiden voyage entrance into New York harbor. The harbor was full of all shapes and sizes of vessels and the airspace above it was thick with uncontrolled aircraft.
The entire event was televised from the Varrazano Bridge and transmitted around the world. Seems like yesterday.
Semper Paratus

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/24/2012 2:38:10 PM     (No. 9082251)

True, only one QEII- and many Blazers. But, both are just as loved by proud men and women, I assure you. Just saying, they are still just the fleeting works of man- nothing more.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: shamrock, 12/24/2012 3:33:21 PM     (No. 9082304)

I´m with #15, I too have a beloved 1994 Ford F150 with 248,000 hard ranch life miles on her and she looks as good to me as when the hubby bought her for me. I will cry like a girl when dear hubby refuses to replace one more part.

RIP QE2

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