Cunard's latest liner goes through her paces on trials
Cunard takes delivery of their
latest liner QUEEN VICTORIA
Another 90,000 tons added to the British Merchant Navy! ...
On Thursday, on board the new 90,000-ton vessel at the Fincantieri
Marghera shipyard, Cunard took delivery of the magnificent QUEEN
VICTORIA, marking the completion of a ship noted for
striking interiors on a par with the ‘floating palaces’ of the
twenties and thirties.
Just after 1100 hours, following speeches by Romano Prodi, the Prime
Minister of Italy, and Jim Fitzpatrick, MP, Under Secretary of State,
Department for Transport, the Italian flag was ceremonially lowered
and the Red Ensign raised. And so another magnificent Cunard liner
will enter the Register of British Shipping.
The event, attended by an invited audience, was given a British
emphasis by the presence of the Band of the Scots Guards, flown out
specially to perform on board throughout the day.
Carol Marlow, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, said:
“This ceremony to mark the completion of the ship, and our acceptance
of delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over
the next few weeks – including the ship’s official naming by HRH The
Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, in
Southampton on Monday 10 December. I’m certain the British will take
this truly magnificent ship to their hearts, as they have all the
Queen Victoria is due to leave the shipyard on 30 November, and sail
to Southampton – where she will berth at the City Cruise Terminal at
0930 hours on Friday 7 December.
She will depart on her Maiden Voyage, to a splendid firework display,
at 1700 hours, on Tuesday 11 December.
Gross Tonnage abt 89,500 tonnes
Length overall abt 294.0 m
Length between perpendiculars 265.36 m
Breadth moulded 32.25 m
Numbers of decks 16
Height to bulkhead deck 10.8 m
Height to deck 3 19.81 m
Design draft mld 7.90 m
Corresponding deadweight 7,685 tonnes
Scantling draft 8.0 m
Maximum air draft from waterline 54.5 m
Max speed Abt. 23.7 knots
Service Speed (at 90% diesel MCR, 25% Sea Margin, one engine off) 21.7
Last month Fincantieri and Cunard agreed the building of a new QUEEN
ELIZABETH, which at 92000 tons will be the second largest in the
Cunard fleet after QUEEN MARY 2