Queen Elizabeth 2 ( English RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 , QE2) is an ocean liner that was for 35 years the flagship of the British shipping company Cunard Line , until in 2004 it was replaced by Queen Mary 2 . The home port of Queen Elizabeth 2 was English Southampton . Since 2008, the ship has been decommissioned and relocated to Dubai . From April 18, 2018, the former airliner operates in Dubai as a floating hotel  .
|"Queen Elizabeth 2"|
|RMS Queen Elizabeth 2|
|Flag||United Kingdom → Vanuatu |
|Ship class and type||ocean liner|
1969–2008: Southampton ,
2008–: Port Vila ,
|IMO number||6725418 |
|Call sign||GBTT |
|Organization||Istithmar World (since 2008)|
|Operator||Cunard Line (1969-2008)|
|Manufacturer||John Brown & Company|
|Launched||September 20, 1967 |
|Commissioned||May 2, 1969|
|Removed from the fleet||November 27, 2008|
|Status||laid up in Port Rashid|
|Displacement||49,738 tons |
|Length||293.53 m |
|Engines||9 MAN diesel generators (14.450 hp each)|
2 running motors
(until 1983 - 2 steam turbine generators (60,000 hp each)).
(up to 1983 120,000)
|Mover||2 screws adjustable pitch|
|Travel speed||34 knots (maximum)|
28.5 knots (operational)
|Passenger capacity||1777 people |
|Register tonnage||70 327 tons|
The Queen Elizabeth 2 liner, like its predecessor Queen Elizabeth , was built at the John Brown & Company shipyard in the Scottish Clydebank. The keel was laid on July 5, 1965, and the launch was carried out on September 20, 1967,  the first sea trials took place on November 26, 1968. Its first flight from Southampton to New York due to technical problems "Queen Elizabeth 2" made only 2 May 1969.
In the first year of work on the ocean lines, the liner brought the owners a profit of 2.5 million pounds sterling.
In 1971, being near the Antilles, the airliner ran aground, as a result of which fuel oil flowed, and a fire started, after which the airliner turned over. After the restoration of the passenger ship on May 17, 1972, while traveling from New York to Southampton, the captain was informed that there was a bomb on board, but the message was false.
In 1982, Queen Elizabeth 2 participated in the Falklands War on the side of Great Britain , carrying out a quick transport of troops.
After nearly forty years of service, the Queen Elizabeth 2 liner was sent to Dubai on November 27, 2008, where the liner is being tried. In 2010, it could be seen at the Palm Jumeirah , but since January the vessel has been located in Port Rashid (Dubai Commercial Port), where it was laid up and acquired the status of a floating hotel.
Since February 2013, the ship has been in the territory of Dubai Drydocks World, where an overhaul of engines is underway with a view to moving to China at the end of 2013 for refit, where 300 comfortable rooms will be created from almost 900 cabins.
Four restaurants, twelve bars of various styles, a sauna, a gym, various salons, a cinema with 530 seats, a casino and even a golf course could be accommodated at Queen Elizabeth 2.
The naming of the vessel gave rise to various misinterpretations. The ship was named after its predecessor, the liner Queen Elizabeth , and not the English Queen Elizabeth II , as it may seem. Monarchs are numbered using Roman numerals, while Arabic numerals are used. Using the number "2" in the title usually means that the predecessor of the vessel is still in service and retains its name. RMS Queen Elizabeth at this time just made its last flight. The Washington Post also announced that the queen who baptized the ship mistakenly named it in its honor, while in fact Elizabeth used only a short formula: “I name you" Queen Elizabeth the second ", which is completely identical for of both options, without specifying in whose honor the vessel is named. The name with the Arabic numeral was already on board at that time. In the office of Buckingham Palace, the view was expressed (erroneous) that the vessel should be named after the ruling queen, because the company's two previous vessels were named after her grandmother and mother, and the new name simply continues the tradition.
In 1995 , in the North Atlantic during Hurricane Louis, Queen Elizabeth 2 flew a 29-meter-high killer wave , which was advancing along the course.
"Queen Elizabeth 2" with the original white pipe 1976
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