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Seawise University

The Seawise University, formerly Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, is seen ablaze on 9 January, 1972. She would burn from stem to stern and eventually capsize after her structural integrity was compromised due to the fires intense heat, which caused her decks to collapse.

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Heartbreaking!! This was the very first passenger liner that I ever visited - as a 9 year old.
I have just treated myself to a new book on the QE - The Unruffled Cunarder. Looking forward to reading it.

Alan G
 

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Sailed around her a week before the fire.
You know when your gut tells you something is not right.........
 

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We lived with a partial view of the harbour and could not see the ship, but I remember when I saw the smoke I turned to my wife and said for no reason it must be the Seawise University then one week from being shown off in her fully converted form at one of the central buoys. I went on board about a year later and managed to walk nearly the full length of the port side shell plating as she lay over about 80 degrees to stbd. She truly was gutted with most of the superstructure collapsed inwards.
 

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I was talking hulk .
You could see straight through port to Stb all lower decks bow to stern . not ready for final reveal in a week .
 

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Not the impression I got a few months earlier when on board to survey damage to the stern caused by being struck by a drifting/dragging vessel in a typhoon. I saw little of her interior but she looked much like any other passenger ship being refurbished. Chaotic maybe but certainly no hulk. Nick
 

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