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Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire

Posted in Anniversary, Transport, Travel on Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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RMS Queen Elizabeth. Illustration by James E. McConnell

9 January marks the anniversary of the destruction of RMS Queen Elizabeth by fire in Hong Kong harbour in 1972. The ship was launched in 1938, named after the Queen Consort, and made her maiden voyage in 1940 as a troopship during the Second World War. The ship went into service as a Royal Mail carrier and a passenger liner – the largest built at that time – for the Cunard liner. Along with her sister ship, Queen Mary, she was replaced by the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969 and sold to an Hong Kong businessman. Intended to be used as a cruise liner, the ship caught fire and capsized whilst undergoing refurbishment.

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