2014-09-18 / Front Page

Mary, Queen of Docks



The flagship of the Cunard fleet, the unmistakable Queen Mary 2 (QM2), arrived in Newport on Sept. 16, marking the start of the major cruise ship season. The benchmark for all liners at 150,000 tons, 1,132 feet in length and 236 feet in height, she accommodates 2,620 guests on 19 decks. Large passenger ships will arrive in the city through October. Three smaller ships, American Star, American Glory and The Yorktown will pull into Fort Adams over the next four weeks. Now with a decade in service, the QM2 was the first ocean liner to be built since QE2, 35 years earlier. It is described internationally as the “largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liner in history.” (Photo by Jack Kelly) The flagship of the Cunard fleet, the unmistakable Queen Mary 2 (QM2), arrived in Newport on Sept. 16, marking the start of the major cruise ship season. The benchmark for all liners at 150,000 tons, 1,132 feet in length and 236 feet in height, she accommodates 2,620 guests on 19 decks. Large passenger ships will arrive in the city through October. Three smaller ships, American Star, American Glory and The Yorktown will pull into Fort Adams over the next four weeks. Now with a decade in service, the QM2 was the first ocean liner to be built since QE2, 35 years earlier. It is described internationally as the “largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liner in history.” (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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