The Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth 2
30 Dec 1964
Contract signed with John Brown Shipyard of Clydebank.
5 Jul 1965
Keel laid. Assigned 'job number 736'.
20 Sep 1967
Launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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19 Nov 1968
QE2 sets sail from the fitting out berth at John Brown's under the command of Captain 'Bil' Warwick.
26 Nov 1968
Start of preliminary trials in the Irish Sea.
22 Apr 1969
Mini maiden voyage to Las Palmas.
2 May 1969
Official maiden voyage to New York.
8 Jan 1971
Rescued passengers from Antilles, which had run aground.
Ransome demand in mid-Atlantic.
Lost propulsion 200 miles off Bermuda due to contaminated boilers. All 1,654 passengers taken off by tenders from Sea Venture.
First World Cruise.
QE2 requisitioned for Falklands War as a troop tansport. On 12 May 1982 she set sail for St Georgia with 3000 troops aboard. QE2 arrived safely back in Southampton on 11 June 1982.
Work starts in Germany on the conversion from steam to diesel engines.
QE2 wins The Queen's Award for Export Achievement.
7 Aug 1992
Hits uncharted rocks off Vineyard Sound.
Extensive, much publicised refit.
11 Sep 1995
Encountered Hurricane Luis on a Westbound Atlantic crossing and got hit by a 95 foot wave.
See Storm Certificate
2 Jan 1996
QE2 logged 4 millions miles
Following the sale of Trafalgar House to Kvaerner, Cunard Line ownership is transferred to the Norwegian construction company.
Kvaerner sell Cunard Line to the American owned Carnival Corporation.
4 Oct 2001
Captain R W Warwick performed the wedding ceremony of his daughter Rebecca on-board QE2 in Boston.
See Article by Captain Warwick
29 Aug 2002
QE2 logged 5 millions miles at sea.
QE2 completed a tandem crossing
of the Atlantic with the new QM2.
27 Nov 2008
QE2 is officially handed over from Cunard to new owners Nakheel and birthed permanently in Dubai.
18 Apr 2018
QE2 finally opens as a hotel.
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