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Two Ships With a Shared History

Two Ships With a Shared History

NZ rail cargo ferry Arahanga passes QE2 moored at Aotea Quay Wellington 09/02/2000.

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Both of these ships were built by John Brown Shipbuilding and Engineering on Clyde. Arahanga was launched on Feb 3rd 1972. She would be the last passenger ship to go down the ways.
When The QE2 went down the ways in 1967 she would be the last Cunarder built on the Clyde.
Both ships would serve in far removed parts of the world but time and place brought them here.

I must confess to an attachmnet to QE2 that goes back to 1969 when she was commissioned and I was given a children's activity book about her construction and launching [I wish I still had that book].

I would set eyes on her for the first time when I was 16 in 1978 one afternoon after being picked up from college and while driving up Waterloo Quay this massive white structure was dead ahead with word Cunard emblazoned on her white superstructure.
Next week I look forward to seeing the QM2 when she sails into our waters for the first time.


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