QE2 in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, 9th June 2003
This was the first time the QE2 had been in Scotland for a couple of years, and I simply had to see her, so I took the morning off work to go and take some photos. I must say, she looked magnificent and also brand new! Did the Queen Mary and Elizabeth look so good when they were over 30 years old? I can't believe they did. To my eyes QE2 still looks sleek, modern and classy - no other ship compares, certainly not the "dumpy" looking QM2!
I had great difficulty finding a good vantage point to take photos - this one was taken from above North Queensferry from the Forth Road Bridge while she partially hid behind the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge.
This was taken from South Queensferry at the famous Hawes Inn where the QE2's passengers were disembarking for their day trips around Scotland. Despite the QE2 being "home" in the country that built her, some of her passengers were clearly unsure which country they were in... What do QE2 and my MINI (below) have in common? They're both modern interpretations of their historic predecessors!
One of the QE2's lifeboats is used to rapidly ferry passengers ashore. QE2 was only moored from 8am until 5pm, so there wasn't much time to get the passengers ashore and onto their tour buses.