Cunard Line Limited

Cunard Line Limited

March 27, 2006 18:00 ET

QE2 To Make Maiden Call To The Tyne Next Year

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2006) -

Visit part of historic 40th Anniversary Voyage

Queen Elizabeth 2, the most famous ship in the world, will make her maiden visit to the Tyne on Sunday 16 September 2007 The call is part of an historic round-Britain voyage - a 'lap of honour' - by QE2 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her launch by HM The Queen at Clydebank on 20 September 1967.

Other calls on the itinerary include Edinburgh (South Queensferry), on 18 September; the Clyde (Greenock), on 20 September - 40 years to the day that the ship was launched; and Liverpool, Cunard's home for a century and a quarter, on 21 September. At each port special events are planned to mark the occasion.

The 70,000-ton QE2 will arrive in the Tyne at 1600 hours on the Sunday and will remain berthed at North Shields overnight before departing at 1800 hours on 17 September. En route to the Tyne, QE2 will sail close to the coast from Flamborough Head northwards to give members of the public in Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Redcar, Hartlepool and Sunderland an opportunity to see her as she passes.

Representatives of Cunard will be working closely with local authorities in the area, as well as the port authority, to ensure that this historic visit is a memorable one for local residents.

Commenting on the visit, Cunard's Managing Director, Carol Marlow said:

"Cunard has some close associations with the Tyne, of which we are very proud, and this visit is therefore both meaningful and long overdue. One of our most famous ships, the four-funnelled Mauretania, was built at Swan Hunter and left the Tyne in 1907 - exactly one hundred years before QE2's visit. Carpathia, our little ship that rescued all the survivors of the Titanic, was built on the Tyne in 1902 - as was the Vistafjord in 1973, the last passenger ship to be built on the river, which Cunard purchased in 1983, and sailed later as Caronia. So there is much to celebrate on this visit, and we intend to do it in some style".

A Record Unlike Any Other

As well as being the most famous and best loved ship in the world QE2 is no stranger to breaking records. In September 2005 she became the longest-serving Cunard ship ever when she passed the 36 years 4 months and 2 days' record of service of Scythia, which sailed from 1921 to 1957.

QE2 was also the Cunard flagship for longer than any other - from 1969 until she handed over the role to Queen Mary 2 in May 2004. In November last year she became the longest serving Cunard express liner when she passed the 35 years 6 months and 1 day record previously set by Aquitania, which served Cunard Line, in peace and in two wars, from May 1914 to December 1949.

To date QE2 has sailed nearly 5.5 million nautical miles - that's more than any ship in history and is equivalent to travelling to the moon and back 13 times.

She has carried 2.1 million passengers - many of them returning again and again to their second home. She has called at her homeport of Southampton 660 times and has completed 1,341 voyages. She has made 798 Atlantic crossings and is currently half-way through her 24th World Cruise. She has sailed at an average speed of 24.75 knots over the last 36 years and she can sail backwards faster than most ships can sail forwards! One gallon of fuel moves her just 49.5 feet! She has been commanded so far by 24 Captains.

A History Unlike Any Other

When she entered service in 1969 city analysts predicted that QE2 would be mothballed within six months - that the age of the liner was dead. How wrong they were!

For the past 36 years QE2 has been the most famous passenger liner in the world, making headlines throughout her career.

She was one of the star attractions when she led the Tall Ships into New York Harbour for the Statue of Liberty's centenary celebrations in 1986; over one million sightseers flocked to see her when she called at Liverpool for the first time during Cunard's 150th anniversary celebrations in 1990; and she was at the head of the flotilla reviewed by the Queen on the 50th Anniversary of 'D' Day in 1994.

However, QE2's history has not only been one of sedate voyages, ecstatic welcomes and luxury living. In 1982, she was requisitioned by the Government for service in the Falklands Campaign - and so joined the ranks of the great Cunarders called upon to serve the country in times of conflict.

QE2 goes from great things to greater, and next year will be one of her finest yet!

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Notes to Editors

A complete list of QE2 Fun Facts and Statistics follows. A complete fact sheet on QE2 is available on request.

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QE2 has... (as of 23 March 2006)

- completed 1,341 voyages with an average speed of 24.75 knots.

- sailed 5,491,022 million nautical miles - that's more than any other ship ever and the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back 13 times.

- carried almost 2.1 million passengers.

- completed 798 Atlantic crossings

- called at New York 707 times and Southampton 660 times.

- completed 23 full World Cruises

- nine diesel electric engines - each the size of a double decker bus.

- the most powerful propulsion plant on a non-military vessel.

- the largest marine motors ever built.

- the largest cinema at sea (capacity 531).

- the only Synagogue at sea.

- been commanded by 24 Captains.

QE2 is...

- probably the most misnamed ship in the world. She is Queen Elizabeth 2, not Queen Elizabeth II.

- the most famous ship in operation.

- the only ship to be awarded Five Stars by the RAC.

- the fastest merchant ship in operation, capable of speeds of up to 34 knots (cruising speed 28.5 knots).


- She cost just over GBP29 million to build in 1969 - since then Cunard has spent more than fifteen times that amount on refits and refurbishments.

- The GBP100 million cost of re-engining her in 1986 / 87 is the largest amount ever spent on such a project. Her steam turbines had taken her a total of 2,622,858 million nautical miles - the equivalent of 120 times around the world - and were replaced by the present diesel electric propulsion system.

- On 13 June 1999, QE2 exceeded 175,290 hours of steaming time - that equates to exactly 20 years on the move (including four leap years).

- Cunard's first ship Britannia, would fit into QE2's Grand Lounge.

- One gallon of fuel moves QE2 49.5 feet; with the previous steam turbine engines, one gallon of fuel moved the ship 36 feet.

- The diesel electric system produces 130,000 hp, which is the most powerful propulsion plant of any merchant ship in the world.

- QE2 can sail backwards (full speed astern is 19 knots) faster than most ships sail forwards.

- The 95 MV total power output is enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

- 277,000 metres of cling film is used very year, enough to go around the Queen Elizabeth 2 nearly 731 times.

- An estimated one million turned out to see her when she called at Liverpool for the first time on Tuesday 24 July 1990.

- The ship's fuel oil tank capacity of 4,381.4 tonnes is sufficient for 10 days' sailing at 32.5 knots, equalling 7,800 miles.

- QE2 consumes 18.05 tonnes of fuel per hour - that's 433 tonnes per day.

- Heineken and Becks together account for almost 50% of the beer consumed.

- Her rudder weighs 80 tons.

- Pound for pound, the most expensive food item on board is saffron (2.5 times the value of Beluga caviar).

- The number of tea bags used each day would supply a family for an entire year.

- To eat QE2's daily consumption of breakfast cereal, one person would have to eat at least two packets a day for more than a year.

- Enough fruit juice is used in one year to fill up QE2's swimming pools nearly 8 times.

- Approximately 600,000 litres of beverage are consumed annually.

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