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Friday, August 1, 2008

Queen Mary 2 The Ship

The cruiser Queen Mary II enters Hamburg harbour, Germany, in the early hours of the morning.(BBC)

The RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner Queen Mary, which was in turn named after Mary of Teck, the Queen Consort of George V. At the time of her construction in 2003 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the QM2 was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built, and at a gross tonnage (GT) of 148,528 tons, was also the largest. She lost that last distinction to Royal Caribbean International' s 154,407 GT Freedom of the Seas in April 2006, but QM2 remains the largest ocean liner (as opposed to cruise ship) ever built, and her width, length, and waterline breadth are unsurpassed by any other passenger ship.[5] Also, the QM2 displaces approximately 76,000 tons; the Royal Caribbean Freedom ships displace about 64,000 tons. (Wikipedia)

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