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Queen Mary 2 — Follow Her Progress

November 2003   

Royal Godmothers...
It's official! HRH Queen Elizabeth II will name Queen Mary 2 at a ceremony in Southampton, England, on Thursday, January 8, 2004. Her Majesty will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

There is a strong tradition of Cunard liners being launched by members of the Royal Family. The Queen named Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 and christened Caronia (the "Green Goddess") in 1947. The late Queen Mother, as Queen Elizabeth, launched Queen Elizabeth in 1938.

Prior to that, Queen Mary, wife of King George V, launched Queen Mary in 1934 - and in doing so became the first monarch ever to launch a merchant ship.

Second Sea Trials a Success
Queen Mary 2 returned from the sea for the second time on Tuesday having successfully completed her final series of sea trials off the Brittany coast.


During the sea trials, QM2 underwent performance tests that consisted of three runs over a 10-mile-long course. At various points the ship was stabilised at speed during which very accurate measurements were taken to establish an average speed. The average speed was then corrected for final ship performance standards such as an allowance for the weight that is still to be added before delivery and for weather conditions, etc.

The successful trials, where the ship consistently exceeded 30 knots, put her right on schedule for her January 12 maiden voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale. 

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Text & images courtesy of Cunard Line & PR Newswire Photo Service

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