- Name: Queen Elizabeth 2.
- Gross Tonnage (As built) : 65 863 tons.
- Gross Tonnage (1994 – ) : 70 327 tons.
- Decks: 12 passenger decks.
- Length: 963 feet.
- Width: 105 feet, 2 inches.
- Builders: John Brown (later Upper Clyde).
- Keel Laid: 5th July, 1965.
- Launched : 20th September, 1967.
- Launched By: HM Queen Elizabeth II.
- Maiden Voyage: Dep. 2nd May, 1969.
- Final Cunard Voyage: Dep. 11 Nov, 2008.
- Maximum Passenger Capacity: 1,777 persons.
- Standard Crew Capacity: 1,040 persons.
- Port of Registry (Cunard): Southampton, UK.
- Port of Registry (Istithmar): Port Vila, Vanuatu.
- Official Number (Cunard): 336703
- Signal Letters (Cunard): G.B.T.T.
- Fastest Passenger Ship (in service): 1969 – 2008.
Engine Room Information
- Diesel Engines: 9 x 9 Cylinder (Turbo-Charged) Diesel.
- Diesel Builders: MAN B&W, Augsburg, West Germany.
- Electric Motors: 2 x 350 tons, one on each propeller shaft.
- Boilers: 9x Exhaust Gas. 2x Oil Fired.
- Output at Propellers: 2 x 44 MW.
- Propellers: 2x outward turning LIPS Controllable Pitch.
- Bow thrusters: 2 stone kamewa, 1000 h.p. per unit.
- Stabilizers: 4 Denny Brown.
- Fuel consumption: 18.05 tons per hour on 9 diesels.
- Rudder weight: 80 tons.
- Forward Anchors : 2 at 12 1/2 tons.
- Cables: 2 at 4″ x 12 shackles.
- Aft Anchor: 1 at 7 1/4 tons.
- Cables: 1 at 3″ x 8 shackles.
Some fun QE2 Facts
- The Atlantic service speed of QE2 is 28.5 knots, with a top cruising speed of 32.5 knots.
- QE2 is the fastest passenger ship to sail in the 21st century.
- Top recorded speed of QE2 was 34 knots during her 1987 sea trials.
- Queen Elizabeth 2 was sold for $100 million to Istithmar, the investment arm of Dubai World.
- Queen Elizabeth 2’s launch was celebrated with a public holiday in many countries of the (former) British Empire.
- Queen Elizabeth 2 was the longest serving flagship of the Cunard Line and the longest serving Cunard Ocean Liner.
- Queen Elizabeth 2 has 20 lifeboats and 54 life rafts.
- Queen Elizabeth 2 is the last Atlantic Ocean Liner to be built in the United Kingdom.
- She made 806 trans-Atlantic Crossings.
- She sailed 6-million miles – the furthest distance by any ship – ever.
- She carried 2.5 million passengers in Cunard service.
- Queen Elizabeth 2’s anchors weigh 12.5 tons each and there are three of them – 2 forward and 1 aft.
Image courtesy: Cunard / Michael Gallagher.