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David Wooley24/05/2015 12:20:16
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I went for a sail this morning aboard one of the Mersey ferries which went out to greet RMS Queen Mary 2 .arriving in the river as part of the three ships , QM2. QV. and QE visiting their spiritual home port of Liverpool for the 175th celebration of Cunard Steam Ship company . The weather was very misty with the occasional rain but enjoyable non the less . QV and QE are scheduled to arrive just before mid day tomorrow Monday 25th May with QM escorting the trio as part of a grand three ship sail into the river .

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Colin Bishop24/05/2015 12:26:06
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Excellent photos Dave. QM2 is really quite something and her interiors are spectacular. Sometimes you can get some great bargains for a transatlantic crossing with the flight in the opposite direction at a knock down price too.

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David Wooley24/05/2015 16:05:33
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Thank you Colin . I must admit I would not say no to a voyage to New York , perhaps one day . QM2 is an attractive looking ship , in some ways very different from her sisters . the weather is looking favourable for Monday I don't fancy waiting another 175years for the next visit.

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David Wooley24/05/2015 16:13:20
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By contrast and just over the other side of the liner terminal is the Merseyside Maritime Museum and as part of the ship model collection is a lovely Bassett Lowke model of the PS Britannia. Originally built for the British North American Steam Packet which became Cunard and was their first purpose built Atlantic liner. A little different to the QM2 is having only 115 passengers, was only 1135tons and had a speed of 9 kts and was paddle driven ,. yet Britannia held the Blue Riband between 1840 -1842. Strangely Britannia went on to serve in the German fleets ending her days as part of the Imperial German Navy and was sunk in the 1880s at Kiel during torpedo trials.

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David Wooley24/05/2015 16:57:42
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All in a days work or just another Sunday shift

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But of course it can also be enjoyable.

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David Wooley25/05/2015 18:09:36
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What a wonderful day and what a spectacle .It was amazing to see how these huge vessels where superbly choreographed into position in front of the Cunard buildings . The sea front on both sides of the Mersey from the entrance to Cammel laird ship yard was crammed with over a million people eager to get a glimpse of this once in a life time maritime treat .

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Not every one was aware of what was going on . This little fellow popped up to see what all the fuss was about .

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Peter Fitness25/05/2015 22:55:13
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Great shots Dave. I've been looking forward to seeing photos of the 3 Queens together again, and you have not disappointed me.

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David Wooley26/05/2015 11:06:40
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Thank you Peter you are very welcome and I'm pleased that you like them as I enjoyed taking them .

One last two shots which was taken just prior to the departure of QM 2. Queen Mary 2 returns in a few weeks to celebrate the first trans Atlantic sailing of the PS Britannia from Liverpool to Halifax and New York 175years ago.

Thanks for taking interest.

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Bob Abell26/05/2015 13:22:20
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Impressive pictures, Dave

It must have cost a small fortune assembling the ships, just for a public display?

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The Long Build26/05/2015 13:23:56
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Great Pics there Mr Wooley ( Not that I would have expected less), particulary like the Seal.

Decided against going and watched the Live streaming from Cunard , glad I didnt as Can,t be doing with crowds..

Larry

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