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February 5, 2007 |
The mammoth Queen Mary 2 ocean liner passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday, clearing the bottom of the span by 27 feet before the vessel began a nail-bitingly tight tour of San Francisco Bay. The ship was surrounded by scores of sailboats and other water craft as it slid slowly into the bay. The visit is one of the riskiest passages in modern maritime history -- and a chance for 2,638 passengers to glimpse the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge.
February 18, 1991 |
Under a white and red banner, which read "Welcome Aboard Desert Shield Troops," a female soldier jogged past in form-fitting Lycra shorts and a T-shirt emblazoned with a distinctly unmilitary message: "Dare to Bare." "This is our love boat, our recreation ship," said a Marine guard toting an M-16 rifle, about the only person in sight wearing a uniform.
October 28, 1986 |
The Cunard ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 docked in the West German port of Bremerhaven on Monday to begin a $112-million refitting.
October 31, 1999
If you're looking for a gift for your favorite traveler, here are a couple of new options. Preview Travel, the online travel reservation service, is offering gift certificates for $50, $100 or $150 for airline travel if you use Preview. The certificates are good for one year from date of issue for use on any airline. For information, http://www.previewtravel.com/gift. Cunard also is offering gift certificates for Cunard and Seabourn vessels. The certificates, good for two years, start at $1,000.
April 6, 1996 |
Tugboats brought a Cunard luxury liner safely to shore in the resort of Sharm el Sheik after a collision with a coral reef ended a round-the-world cruise for the ship and 527 mostly American passengers. The Royal Viking Sun voyage was the second failed Cunard cruise for about 120 of the passengers, who had been aboard the MV Sagafjord in February when an engine room fire set it adrift in the South China Sea.
December 4, 2005
The British Academy of Film & Television Arts Los Angeles hosts the 2005 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards. Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise, Mike Newell and Ronald Neame receive top honors for the year.
October 28, 2007 |
Hear ye, hear ye! As Queen Elizabeth 2, which may be the world's best-known ocean liner, sails into the sunset next year, never fear: Its royal successor has been named. And it's . . . the Queen Elizabeth. The $700-million liner, to be built in Italy and launched in 2010, will revive the name of Cunard Line's storied vessel that ferried troops during World War II and, later, commercial passengers.
March 21, 1993
In reference to a 96,000-ton vessel ("Boom in Shipbuilding Continues," March 7), your article states Cunard's 80,774-ton Queen Mary was previously the largest passenger ship. Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, launched in 1940 and destroyed by fire in 1972, was an 83,673-ton ship. It was longer and heavier than the Queen Mary. JOHN NAIRN Redondo Beach Shirley Slater and Harry Basch reply: The reader is correct. The Queen Elizabeth was slightly larger than the Queen Mary, as was the Normandie, which burned in New York Harbor in 1942.
May 19, 1993
John Treasure Jones, 87, the last captain of the Cunard liner Queen Mary. He commanded the ship on its 1,000th and final voyage in 1967, from New York to Southampton, England, urging passengers: "Up with the spirits and down with the champagne." Jones also sailed the Queen Mary to its permanent berth in Long Beach, where it became a hotel and tourist attraction. Born in Wales, Jones went to sea at 16 on a tramp steamer.