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Queen Mary 2 —
Follow Her Progress
In just under a year, Cunard Line's $800 million Queen Mary 2 – the
largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger liner ever –
will set out on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England. Currently
under construction in France, the future flagship of the British
merchant fleet will arrive in Fort Lauderdale 14 days later on January
At this point, 100 percent of the steel cutting has been completed or
approximately 34,000 tons.
As are all modern cruise ships, the liner is being built in blocks. To
date, 77 blocks of a total of 98 are assembled.
A 'Joy' to Operate
QM2 is not only the most powerful and fastest new ship to be built in
the last 33 years she is the most technologically advanced ship with
regard to maneuverability.
A single lever control or
"joystick" positioned near the master's command center on the
bridge allows the captain to maneuver the 150,000-ton vessel forwards,
backwards, sideways or at an angle.
The system involves the pods at the
rear of the ship and the thrusters at the forward end. The joystick also
gives the captain the option to keep the ship stationary over a fixed
spot on the Earth by use of satellites and wind gauges.
At the fingertip touch of the captain, the ship's three thrusters will
allow the ship to turn in her own length within a port without the use
of tugs. At 1,132 feet or nearly four football fields long, that's not
quite turning on a dime, but still quite remarkable!
Like Father, Like Son
When Captain Ronald Warwick, senior master of Queen Elizabeth 2, assumes
command of Queen Mary 2 it will surely be a great honour.
His new appointment also has personal significance for he will be
following in the footsteps of his late father. Commodore W.E. Warwick
was given the distinction of being the first master of QE2.
The two seafarers also share a personal connection to the original Queen
Mary. His father was its master and he served as a seaman aboard the
legendary liner in the mid-sixties.
Cunard Line is proud to play a role in this Warwick family tradition.
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Mary 2, Part 1
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Mary 2, Part 12
& images courtesy of Cunard Line
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