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Cunard Line Queen Mary 2 on maiden visit to Cobh

Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2, the largest liner ever built arrived in Cork Harbour to-day. Some intrepid members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club braved the elements to welcome her.

The Queen Mary 2 is designated as an ocean liner rather than a cruise ship and is named after the Cunard Line’s original Queen Mary. At the time of her construction in 2003 she was the widest and tallest passenger ship ever built and at gross tonnage of 148,528 tonnes was also the largest. She lost the gross tonnage distinction in 2006 to the 154,407 tonnes Freedom of the Seas, a frequent visitor to Cobh. However, she remains the largest ocean liner (as opposed to cruise ship) ever built, and her width, length, and waterline breadth are unsurpassed by any other passenger ship. Cunard Line President, Peter Shanks, performed a wreath laying ceremony at Cobh’s Luisitania Memorial to mark the occasion.

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