The last chapter has begun for the liner Queen Elizabeth I, so long the pride of Britain's passenger fleet.
GV AERIAL SHOTS Queen Elizabeth I on fire (EX VISNEWS LIBRARY) (2 shots)
CU Helicopter pilot
GV Aerial Q.E.I. surrounded by salvage cranes
GV Salvage workers and cranes at work on water (2 shots)
SV & GV Salvage workers in rowing boats by Q.E.I. hulk (3 shots)
SV Man working on Q.E.I. hulk
GV TRAVELLING SHOT Part of hull loaded on barge
SV Man at work on hulk
GV Hulk and cranes
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Background: The last chapter has begun for the liner Queen Elizabeth I, so long the pride of Britain's passenger fleet.
The huge trans-Atlantic liner has lain in Hong Kong harbour since she was destroyed by a mysterious fire two years ago -- and now what is left of the ship is being stripped for salvage.
The Hong Kong ship-owing group of C.Y. Tung have spent the last two years debating insurance and possibilities of refloating the vessel. Only enormous cranes could have lifted the Queen Elizabeth from the seabed. There are none in Hong Kong, so Mr. Tung has decided to scrap the wreck. Hong Kong salvagemen began stripping the superstructure last week (January 1).
The Queen was launched at Clydebank, Scotland in 1938. During the war she become a troop carrier. Painted battleship grey she carried nearly a million allied troops to and from battle. After the war she crossed the Atlantic with passengers for more than 20 years before the growing owing to air travel made Cunard announce the boat's retirement.
American businessmen bought the Queen Elizabeth and towed her to Cart Everglades, Florida, as a tourist attraction. The project ended in bankruptcy but the boat was rescued by Mr. Tung's group and taken to Hong Kong where she was being equipped as a floating university when the fire broke out.