Not sure I totally agree with that statement, but in my opinion she also definitely high up in the list of good-looking two funnelers (and she certainly looked a damn sight better than the QUEEN MARY). Now back to the picture: I guess this was taken just after her refit for commercial service in 1946? Note the rather primitive radar tower.
That radar tower was left in place after her war service. This photo, I believe, shows her on trials.
As for the most beautiful two stacker - how about the "Nieuw Amsterdam" of 1938? Most powerful looking? The "United States wins hands down!
Mike - The Sun Viking
Mike, I must agree with you. While QE was certainly a fine-looking and well-balanced ship, she was so large, so bulky and almost bloated-looking that she lacked the sleekness of some other two-stackers.
I've always used the word "buxom", where Rich used "bloated". While a little more old-fashioned, this is the point where I give Mary the edge--better proportions to do the same job.