The QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 at Greenock's Ocean Terminal
QUEEN MARY 2 to make historic
visits to the Clyde and Mersey
Cunard recognises heritage of
Clyde and Mersey with visits in 2009...
Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, the largest, longest, widest, tallest
and most expensive ocean liner ever built, will make an historic call
at Greenock on Monday 19 October 2009. The call is part of a special
British Isles voyage marking the fifth anniversary of the introduction
of Queen Mary 2 in January 2004. Queen Mary 2 will arrive at 0800
hours and berth alongside the Ocean Terminal until her departure at
1800 hours. Thousands are expected to turn out and greet the largest
vessel ever to call at Greenock.
Carol Marlow, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, says:
“We are delighted to be announcing this historic call at Greenock.
Since it’s founding in May 1839 – the 170th anniversary of which we
celebrate in 2009 – Cunard has owned over 220 ships. Of those 125 were
built in Scotland, with the vast majority of those being built on the
Clyde. They range from the tiny Unicorn, to the first superliner
Lusitania, the palatial Aquitania and the famous Queens Queen Mary,
Queen Elizabeth and QE2. We felt a visit by our flagship Queen Mary 2
to acknowledge our deep ties with the Clyde, Greenock and Glasgow was
well overdue! If previous visits by our beloved QE2 are anything to go
by then Queen Mary 2 can expect an emotional, warm and historic
QE2 has called at Greenock seven times since she entered service in
May 1969 – including a return visit on 20 September 2007 exactly 40
years after her launch.
QE2 will make one final call at Greenock on Sunday 5 October 2008
before leaving Cunard service in November.
As well as recognising the importance of the Clyde to Cunard's
history, the ship will also pay respects to what Cunard call's its
'ancestral home', Liverpool.
"Cunard Line was founded in the city in May
1839 and our Head Office remained there until 1967, so our ties with
the city are deep. " Carol said and added, "... there was no better
time for our flagship to call at our birthplace for the first time."
She expects a warm welcome "in true Liverpool fashion”.
QE2 has called at Liverpool eight times in her career and was the
vessel selected to officiate at the opening of the City Cruise
Terminal in September 2007. QE2 will make one final call at Liverpool
on Friday 3 October 2008 before leaving Cunard service in November.
Cunard's beginnings on the Clyde and Mersey are inextricably linked.
Whilst the line's home was Liverpool, the company itself was set up by
Cunard, and shipping, shipbuilding and engineering firms on the Clyde
when it was formed as British & North American Steam Nav Co . The
company's first ship, the BRITANNIA, was registered in Glasgow. The
UNICORN was an earlier vessel built for one of the partners of the
firm, G&J Burns of Glasgow, in 1838 and entered service with Cunard in