Queen Elizabeth today (Wednesday) launched Britain's new ocean liner, formerly known as the "Q.4". The?
Queen Elizabeth today (Wednesday) launched Britain's new ocean liner, formerly known as the "Q.4". The ceremony, at John Brown's Clydebank shipyard, also ended a national guessing game as the Queen named the vessel "Queen Elizabeth the giant liner would be given.
The 53,000-ton craft slipped down into the River Clyde cheered by 9,000 shipyard workers and a large crowd.
After the Queen pressed the launching button, there was an agonised wait of just over a minute while workmen hammered away at the release mechanism. Then the huge liner rumbled down in a cloud of dust, dragging along some 1,400 tons of drag chains to slow her speed. A great cheer went up as the 936 feet (289 metre) long liner settled in the water with a splash.
The Cunard Company, owners of the new vessel's famous predecessors, the "Queen Mary" and the "Queen Elizabeth", are attempting to achieve with the new liner a profit in place of the present crushing loss it endures on the North Atlantic passenger run. The "Queen Elizabeth II" will have cost approximately GBP30,000,000 sterling when she comes into service in about two years time. Some GBP24,000,000 sterling of this cost has been borrowed from public funds.