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QE2 facts

Everything you could possibly want to know about the most famous ship in operation - from the weight of her rudder to the amount of cling film used every year!

As of 20 September 2007, 40 years exactly after she was launched by HM The Queen on the Clyde, QE2 has…

• completed 1,399 voyages with an average speed of 24.75 knots. Her 40th anniversary voyage is her 1,400th voyage!

• sailed 5,665,688 million nautical miles – that’s more than any other ship ever.

• carried almost 2.5 million passengers.

• completed 801 Atlantic crossings

• called at New York 705 times and Southampton 700 times.

• completed 25 full World Cruises

• been commanded by 25 Captains.

On Board, QE2 has

• nine diesel electric engines – each the size of a double decker bus.

• the most powerful propulsion plant on a non-military vessel.

• the largest marine motors ever built.

• the largest cinema at sea (capacity 531).

• the only Synagogue at sea.

QE2 is…

• probably the most misnamed ship in the world. She is Queen Elizabeth 2, not Queen Elizabeth II.

• the most famous ship in operation.

• the only ship to be awarded Five Stars by the RAC.

• the fastest merchant ship in operation, capable of speeds of up to 34 knots (cruising speed 28.5 knots).


• She cost just over £29 million to build in 1969 – since then Cunard has spent more than fifteen times that amount on refits and refurbishments.

• The £100 million cost of re-engining her in 1986 / 87 is the largest amount ever spent on such a project. Her steam turbines had taken her a total of 2,622,858 million nautical miles – the equivalent of 115 times around the world – and were replaced by the present diesel electric propulsion system.

• On 13 June 1999, QE2 exceeded 175,290 hours of steaming time – that equates to exactly 20 years on the move (including four leap years).

• Cunard’s first ship Britannia, would fit into QE2’s Grand Lounge.

• One gallon of fuel moves QE2 49.5 feet; with the previous steam turbine engines, one gallon of fuel moved the ship 36 feet.

• The diesel electric system produces 130,000 hp, which is the most powerful propulsion plant of any merchant ship in the world.

• QE2 can sail backwards (full speed astern is 19 knots) faster than most cruise ships sail forwards.

• The 95 MV total power output is enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

• 277,000 metres of cling film is used every year, enough to go around the QE2  nearly 731 times.

• An estimated one million turned out to see her when she called at Liverpool for the first time on Tuesday 24 July 1990.

• The ship’s fuel oil tank capacity of 4,381.4 tons is sufficient for 10 days’ sailing at 32.5 knots, equalling 7,800 miles.

• QE2 consumes 18.05 tons of fuel per hour – that’s 433 tons per day.

• Her rudder weighs 80 tons.

• Enough fruit juice is used in one year to fill up QE2’s swimming pools nearly 8 times.

• Approximately 600,000 litres of beverage are consumed annually.

last updated: 19/11/2008 at 16:08
created: 12/09/2007

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