It was during QE2's 40th anniversary cruise that the world's most famous liner first visited Tyneside. Having sailed from Southampton QE2 arrived at Tyneside September 16, 2007 tying up at the Tyne Commision Quay late that afternoon. She would remain there until late the following evening.
As QE2 sailed up the Tyne, a virtual red carpet appeared to unfurl accross the water.
From there she continued her 40th anniversary tour around the U.K. visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Liverpool.
Upon her arrival on the Tyne, a daytime pyrotechnic display greeted her accompanied by live music. Battling high winds, the shore was crowded with hundreds of spectators and the Tyne itself with private craft who had come out to greet her.
While QE2 visited Tyneside, Captain Ian McNaught had the pleasure to present to Tyne and Wear Museums a painting that had hung on QE2. The painting depicts the brand new Mauretania of 1907 leaving the Tyne to sail to Liverpool. RMS Mauretania is the largest passenger liner to be built on the Tyne. In the painting she is accompanied by the Turbinia, the first ship to be powered by steam turbines.
The painting is currently on view at the Discovery Museum.
QE2 returned October 8th 2008 for the last time. These exquisite night shots of QE2 on her last visit were taken by Quintin Smith, who has graciously shared them with us.
The liner returned to Northumbrian Quay, the Port of Tyne's purpose-built cruise facility and one of only five facilities in the UK capable of accommodating vessels of her size.
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