THE LAST STOP ON
THE LAST WORLD
In April 2008, QE2 completed her 24th and final
world cruise. Her first world cruise was in 1975
and the ship did a long winter cruise, if not a
world cruise, in almost every year thereafter.
As on her first world cruise, QE2 went in an
easterly direction on her final world cruise.
Consequently, the ship's last port of call before
crossing the Atlantic to her homeport in
Southampton, England was New York City.
New York was a particularly appropriate port of
call because during QE2's days as Cunard's
flagship (May 1969- April 2004), New York was
the port that the ship visited most often.
Above: During her call on 12 April
2008, QE2 was tied-up at her
traditional home, the Passenger Ship
Terminal in Manhattan, albeit at Pier
92 rather than her usual berth at
neighboring Pier 90.
Above: Towards sunset, the restored Fireboat Harvey arrives to
give a water cannon salute when QE2 sails.
Right: As darkness is about to fall, QE2 begins to emerge from
the Passenger Ship Terminal, partially obscured by the smoke of
the assisting tugs.
Exiting the Passenger Ship Terminal requires skill. The piers are
at a right angle to the course of the river and thus the current is
pushing against the side of the ship. Accordingly, QE2 backs out
QE2 then pauses in mid-stream so that the tug boats can turn her so that the bow
is heading downstream. In effect, the ship must make a 90 degree turn. When
the current is particularly strong, ships have been known to travel sideways down
river. However, on this occasion, the ship and the tugs are successful in turning
QE2 and she is able to proceed out of sea in stately fashion.
Passing Pier 84, QE2 receives a water salute from the
QE2 heads out to sea in the twilight.