It makes you proud to be British. The world's biggest ocean liner, Britain's Queen Mary 2, named by Queen Elizabeth II (dwarfing that other great British ocean liner, the Titanic) attracted huge crowds as she sailed into Sydney Harbour in Australia.

When Mary met Sydney

20th February 2007

The Queen Mary 2 sailed into Sydney today - but was so big she could NOT squeeze under the famous Harbour Bridge.

Thousands of Australians crowded the sides of Sydney Harbour to watch the 23-storey high and 148,000-ton liner narrowly squeeze into a naval dockyard as she arrived in the Australian city.

She's huge, and she's British: The Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner in the world and the largest ever built, enters Sydney Harbour in Australia

A flotilla of boats followed the cruiser into the harbour and onlookers arrived before dawn to watch her progress.

The centre of Sydney was brought to a halt by the sheer volume of people coming to watch. Her arrival coincided with the appearance of her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth II, the first time the two ships have been in the harbour together.

To mark the occasion, they sounded their horns together - a noise heard for miles across the city.

But unlike her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) (which was once the largest in the world) was able to cruise under the bridge and dock at Sydney's Circular Quay.

The QM2 arrived just before daybreak carrying 2,600 passengers to berth at the navy's Garden Island in Woolloomooloo.

Captain Christopher Rynd said Sydney's welcome was the best they'd had during their world tour.

The QM2 will leave the city for Hong Kong later today following a spectacular fireworks display and canons firing from historic Fort Denison in the harbour.

The Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of Cunard Line, the British ocean line, which also operates the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2)

How the giant Queen Mary 2 makes the Titanic look small. Like the Titanic she set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton

Thousands of Australians crowded the sides of Sydney Harbour to watch the 23-storey high Queen Mary 2 arrive in the city.





The Britannia restroom




Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 20th, 2007 at 01:38 PM..