The Seawise University, formerly Cunards 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.
This view of the Seawise University on fire in Hong Kong Harbor was taken from a helicopter on the evening of 9 January, 1972. The former Queen Elizabeth would be virtually unrecognizable by the following day.
The Seawise University, Ex-Queen Elizabeth, is shown in Hong Kong Harbor on the morning after the fatal fire of 9 January, 1972. This close up view of her midsection was taken just before the hulk keeled over onto its starboard side.
This view was taken on 10 January, the morning after the fire. With her structure so completely damaged, the old liner could no longer remain afloat, and the hulk had capsized and sank onto her starboard side. Many of her decks had collapsed in the fire during the night, thus allowing unsupported
Still in her Cunard colors, the ex-Queen Elizabeth, already renamed Seawise University by this time, is shown entering Hong Kong Harbor on 15 July 1971, where she would undergo the planned overhaul that would actually turn her into a floating university. This voyage to Hong Kong had begun back at P
Another image, this time from the air, showing a broadside view of the Seawise University burning in Hong Kong Harbor, the heat from this fire was so intense, the ships superstructure collapsed down upon itself.