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> Should Qe2 Return To The Clyde?, Iconic cruise liner faces scrapyard
post 18th Jul 2010, 07:58pm
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She is arguably the most famous ship afloat, certainly the most graceful, and she remains a potent symbol of the once-unrivalled industrial prowess of working-class Glaswegians. However, less than two years since the QE2 arrived in Dubai to be converted into a floating hotel, the fastest ocean liner ever built now faces being broken up and sold for scrap.

The worldwide recession which has affected Dubai's tourism industry now makes the plan for a luxury hotel unsustainable. A plan to sail the liner to a new berth in South Africa failed last year, and a new rescue plan which could take the Clyde-built QE2 to Fremantle in Western Australia for the Sailing World Championships in 2011 has not been realised.

There are now real fears that the world-famous liner could be broken up and sold for scrap to raise funds for the struggling Arab company which bought the QE2 from Cunard for 65.3m at the height of the property boom.

One former captain of the QE2, Ian McNaught, who sailed the ship on a farewell voyage up the Clyde in 2008, spoke of his concerns for the liner:

"Those of us who love the ship are concerned that it will end up being sold for scrap. The economic downturn means all those plans for the future in Dubai have come to nothing and it is simply languishing in a dock.

It is still a fully functional ship and could sail anywhere in the world. But the owners seem reluctant to give any indication as to their plans for her.

One hears rumours, and of course what people are saying is that it will be run aground on a beach in the Indian Ocean and broken up piece by piece, like so many great ships before her. That would be an absolute tragedy."

Captain McNaught added that he thought that the natural home for the QE2 would be a return to Glasgow, the city where it was built in the sixties and where there is still immense enthusiasm for the liner. He added:

I believe it would be one of the UK's biggest tourist attractions if the QE2 was berthed on the Clyde. You only have to look at the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith to see that there is an appetite for attractions of that sort.

Personally, I would love to see the ship return to Glasgow, but as long as it can have a secure future that would be the most important thing.

Birthday Tribute to the QE2 and the River Clyde

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- GG   Should Qe2 Return To The Clyde?   18th Jul 2010, 07:58pm
- - polarbear1948   I was on the QE2 as a steward waiter then barman f...   18th Jul 2010, 09:21pm
- - jock   The old Queen Mary is still alive and kicking and ...   18th Jul 2010, 10:07pm
- - Jupiter   There is no doubt that there is great support for ...   19th Jul 2010, 12:32am
- - Elma   The QE2 should be taken back to the river of her b...   19th Jul 2010, 12:39am
- - the brauns   I sailed from Glasgow to New York many years ago o...   19th Jul 2010, 01:14am
- - Jupiter   Due to the condition of the River Clyde(Navigation...   19th Jul 2010, 02:07am
- - *Harry Greenwood*   I voted Yes and I would like to see an icon return...   19th Jul 2010, 03:49am
- - Melody   That film would make yer heart burst with pride fo...   19th Jul 2010, 08:08am
|- - GG   QUOTE (Melody @ 19th Jul 2010, 09:18am) T...   19th Jul 2010, 05:39pm
- - John Mack   Yes it would be great to have her back on the Clyd...   19th Jul 2010, 08:30am
- - mrssnuffy   Having worked for a company that helped build the ...   19th Jul 2010, 08:30am
- - *greta*   I always thought that Queen Mary should have been ...   19th Jul 2010, 08:48am
- - George Brown   I certainly would like to see some token reminder ...   19th Jul 2010, 09:16am
- - Jonesy   In Rotterdam the Dutch have saved one of their mos...   19th Jul 2010, 09:48am
- - *klingon*   Nice idea but I'm afraid virtually impossible-...   19th Jul 2010, 10:15am
- - *pippin*   I am old enough to remember the Queen Mary, and th...   19th Jul 2010, 10:24am
- - Backcauseway   How on earth could we afford to keep this ship in ...   19th Jul 2010, 10:29am
- - pippin   I am old enough to remember the Mary the first que...   19th Jul 2010, 10:41am
- - Frank Lightfoot   Bring her home to her cradle Glasgow was her birth...   19th Jul 2010, 10:42am
- - thepaperboy   Sad to here some say she could not get up the clyd...   19th Jul 2010, 10:47am
- - Rob Rattray   My initial feelings would to either bring the old ...   19th Jul 2010, 11:06am
- - Ricky G   Watched the launch of this great lady from the Bis...   19th Jul 2010, 11:25am
- - Andrew Bairden   Who would pay for moving the ship ? How much would...   19th Jul 2010, 01:23pm
- - norrie123   I voted to bring QE2 back to the Clyde, it would h...   19th Jul 2010, 01:48pm
- - TeeHeeHee   I would agree with the Right Rev. Rob. Rattray ......   19th Jul 2010, 02:06pm
- - TheQE2Story   I don't think she's quite as huge as peopl...   19th Jul 2010, 03:03pm
|- - wee davy   QUOTE (TheQE2Story @ 19th Jul 2010, 04:13...   19th Jul 2010, 05:13pm
- - Heather   I think it would be great if the QE2 could be brou...   19th Jul 2010, 04:05pm
- - Melody   There's just not the same dignity to be found ...   19th Jul 2010, 05:52pm
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