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Farewell Queen Elizabeth 2 by Krys Bailey

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As I post this photo, the QE2, the most famous ship in the world, will be departing my home city and her home port for the last time, to become a floating hotel in Dubai. This is purely a documentary shot, captured before 9am this morning as the Queen waits for her big day. The day started off badly when strong winds caused the ship to run aground on a sandbank at the entrance to Southampton Water, but no damage was done and a fleet of little tugs pulled her into deeper water so she could sail home for the last time. Southampton is home to the greatest ocean liners in the world, but this old lady who is over 40 years old and has sailed 5.9 million miles will be sorely missed. Note the red poppy in the midground – the QE2 became a troop ship in the Falklands War (I was even there to see her leave) and Armistice Day is a perfect choice for her farewell.


  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioabout 6 years ago

    Nice angle and perspective Krys!

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    a fabulous shot of this old gal, what a shame all that is england has to have a home elsewhere, a great shot krys,dawnx

  • Thanks Dawn! I agree! She should have been kept in Southampton!!!

    – Krys Bailey

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerabout 6 years ago

    She’s been around the world some 25 times, and has ferried 2.5 million passengers. Remarkable. Now she will become a floating hotel in Dubai. Nice shot Krys, cool comp with the anchor.

  • Thanks Andy! Not sure where the anchor came from! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • krafty
    kraftyabout 6 years ago

    All in all a very sad day Krys..what with the Memorial Service and the Final 3 Veterans at the Cenotaph laying their wreaths and this Old Lady retiring to be a Floating Hotel.
    Great Memories you have captured here Hun..thanks for sharing a poigniant DAY in History.xxxxxxx

  • Thanks Cyn! Yes a very emotional day – it’s just so good that we all remember! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    i would rather see her there than that monster of a thing in gosport that tower, hehe dawnx

  • Do you mean the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth??? Now don’t get me started about Portsmouth, the arch enemy of all Southamptoners, rofl! ;o)))

    – Krys Bailey

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusabout 6 years ago

    Hi Krys….I really like this with the anchor in the foreground…..nice perspective and timely shot. Well done!

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    i am not sure what its called, its tall and the lifts broke down on it on its opening thats all i know but its hdious hehe dawnxx

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserabout 6 years ago

    cool , love the anchor in front , what a great ship and great capture :) mel

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightabout 6 years ago

    Somehow, ending up as a floating hotel just doesn’t do any justice to history.

  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyabout 6 years ago

    excellent composition, this is as perfect as perfect can be!

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