November 16, 2003 |
A dock gangway crowded with visitors to the Queen Mary 2 collapsed Saturday in the shipyard of St. Nazaire, killing at least 13 people and leaving more than 30 injured, French authorities said. The victims were mostly relatives of workers who have been completing construction of the ocean liner, due to take to the seas in January as the world's largest passenger ship. Children were among the victims, who fell about 50 feet.
February 4, 2004 |
When the Queen Mary 2, the world's biggest passenger ship, nosed out to sea on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean, along with sun-famished passengers by the hundreds, it carried $600,000 in Florida-bought food and drink, including some hastily purchased beer. For on the eve of the liner's departure from this south Florida port, employees on QM2 had an unexpected request to the corporate offices in Miami: beer in plastic bottles for the Super Bowl fans on board.
December 23, 2003 |
Inaugurating its reign as the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2 sliced into the Atlantic from a shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, seen off by about 70,000 onlookers and jets streaking the skies red, white and blue. But memories of 15 people killed when a gangway to the ship collapsed on visitors' day on Nov. 14 dampened the mood. The ship's 14-day maiden voyage from England to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is scheduled to start Jan. 12.
February 22, 2004 |
But would the Duchess of Windsor have sported a Queen Mary 2 baseball cap? That thought ran through my mind as I perused the ship's photo gallery of the grand and gracious era of Cunard ocean liners. There were the Duke and Duchess, who had brought their pug and perhaps 150 pieces of monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage. There, too, was Noel Coward, who asked, famously, "Why do the wrong people travel and the right people stay at home?" What would he have made of golf shirts at dinner?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2006 |
Betty Gray still has the old steamer trunk with its faded "Cunard" sticker that she took on board the Queen Mary in 1956. Somewhere, she still has the $315 bill for that six-day, one-way trip from Southampton to New York. She says she can remember as if it were last night dancing the fox trot with her husband to big band music in the ship salon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2006 |
When two mighty ships named Queen Mary saluted each other Thursday in Long Beach harbor, the buzz was all about big numbers: two of the largest ocean liners ever built, more than 6,000 fans watching eagerly from shore, 800 sailboats and yachts hovering nearby, 14 media helicopters and even three blimps.