The liner Queen Elizabeth 2, sailed in to Cobh yesterday.She is on her last voyage before sailing to Dubai to become a floating hotel. I remember my father taking us to see the original Queen Elizabeth many years ago, but that time it was berthed out by Roches Point. Now there is a deep sea dock in Cobh, the cruise ships can come right into the town. It is not the biggest ship that has come in, the Independence of the Seas actually dwarfed the whole town when it came in a few months ago.
Another view of the ship with a lot of schoolchildren who were brought down by their teachers to see the ship.What a great way to get a sense of history and it was a beautifull crisp autumn morning, much easier to learn in the sunshine than being stuck in a classroom reading the story out of books.
This is looking down on the QE2 from the heights of Cobh.Cobh is a harbour town built into the side of cliffs, surrounding the harbour.The town council have made souvenir handkerchiefs available for waving goodbye to the ship this evening. When emigrants left from Cobh ( Queenstown as it was then known) to the new worlds,their relatives waved at them leaving on the tenders taking them out to the ships in the harbour. This was the last memory many had of their native land, the sight of handkerchiefs waving from the quayside.
Thefunnel of the QE2 towering over the quayside
Looking down the length of the ship in lovely autumn sunshine