QE2 Leaving Cork

QE2 Leaving Cork

The Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2, flagship of the Cunard Line, docked for the last time in Cobh yesterday and left this evening just after 6pm. Here she is after turning in Cork Harbour and seconds before she increased speed and left the harbour for good.

In 2009, she will become a floating hotel in Dubai. A fitting ending for a luxury ship that has plied the waters of the world for the last 39 years.

I took over 300 shots of the Queen Elizabeth 2 today and filled almost 4GB of space with RAW images. In hindsight, many of the images would have been fine as Jpeg files but I had the space, so I used it. I hope to upload a gallery of my favourite images tomorrow.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s




  1. Reply
    Donald October 3, 2008

    Impressive, beautiful pictures, worth the space:-)

  2. Reply
    richard October 3, 2008

    Nice shot, the water and the red plimsoll line on the hull are a good contrast. My brother went on a Med Cruise with his wife and 1 year old this summer on one of the humungo cruisers. He’s only in his mid 30s, not some extra from ‘murder she wrote’. I don’t get it. The ferry to France (even the Pont Aven with a Commodore cabin)is enough for me! Driving is the way to go – at least you can pull over to let the kids puke!!

  3. Reply
    McAWilliams October 3, 2008

    I knew it would be worth getting down there, what a great photo!

  4. Reply
    Donncha October 3, 2008

    Thank you all!

    Richard – I feel the same way about ferries. Got very sick on one in second year in school on the way to France. I wonder if a ship as big as that would be any better? Just thinking about it makes me queasy!

  5. Reply
    Ellery ME. usa October 28, 2008

    good bye old girl, there will never be another like you, time to rest old freind.

  6. Reply
    Dominic April 30, 2009

    Very nice pictures.i would like to travel !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you all.

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