~ QUEEN MARY 2 ~
CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGEST LINER IN THE WORLD
JULY 4, 2002 ~ MARCH 16, 2003
Chantiers l'Atlantique shipyard at St.Nazaire
QM2 order signed
November 6, 2000 .
Although Southampton, England will be the port of registry of the new Cunard Line flagship QUEEN MARY 2, the Port of New York will surely be an important feature in the new liners future. We now begin a countdown toward April 22, 2004, the date that QM2 is scheduled to sail into
New York for the first time. QUEEN MARY 2 will be commanded by Captain Ronald W. Warwick, currently Master of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2. Meanwhile we can follow the progress of one of the greatest engineering projects of the 21st Century via this photo essay.
ALSTOM Marine won the order to build Cunard Line's QUEEN MARY 2, the largest ocean liner so far conceived and the order was signed on November 6, 2000. The shipyard, Chantiers l'Atlantique at St. Nazaire, France built the NORMANDIE as well as the FRANCE. Approximately 3,000 craftsman will spend about 8 million working hours on this project and overall some 20,000 persons will be either directly or indirectly involved with the construction of this great ship. Over 300,000 pieces of steel comprising 94 steel blocks, some over 600 tons each, will be joined together to create a liner that will measure over 150,000 gross tons. She will be 1,132 feet long and 135 feet wide, the largest ocean liner ever. Passenger capacity will be 2,620 with a crew of 1,200. The first quadruple screw liner to be built since FRANCE in 1962, she will be powered by four
Rolls-Royce "MerMaid" podded propulsion systems, the largest and most powerful ever built, and is expected to attain a speed of 30 knots.
Delivery of QM2 is scheduled for December 2003 and the maiden voyage for January 12, 2004.
Her keel was laid on July 4, 2002 the 162nd anniversary of the sailing of Cunard's first ship BRITANNIA.
The new liner's naming ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2004 in Southampton, England
when HM Queen Elizabeth II will name the new Cunard flagship.
Photographs have been obtained from various sources for which we express our thanks:
ALSTOM Marine, BBC, W. Hall Coons, Cunard Line, Maurizio Eliseo, Peter Hewitt, Ouest-France, Pam Massey, the Theodore W. Scull Collection and Captain Ronald and Kim Warwick. Thanks also to marine artists Captain Stephen Card and Donald Stoltenberg for allowing us to display their paintings of QUEEN MARY 2.
~ July 4, 2002 ~
Three views of the QUEEN MARY 2 keel laying ceremony.
Photograph of Captain Ronald W. Warwick Master of the new liner.
(Compliments Samuel Warwick)
~ SOME RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS ~
FROM OTHER SOURCES
Shipyard engineers view one of the four pods
that will drive the liner.
THE FOLLOWING FIVE IMAGES
WERE PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAM MASSEY