28 Apr 2008 • 1,121 views
Two Queens and a little ferry
Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 leading her sister ship Queen Victoria down Southampton Water on their way to The Solent and beyond, on 22nd April 2008.
It was quite an occasion, advertised locally that this would be the last time the three Cunard Queens would be together in Southampton, so all available vantage points in Southampton, Hythe were packed full of people hoping to take a their sourveier pictures of the luxury ships.
We went to the end of - Calshot Spit -
to see them pass, not realising how long it would take them to make the journey down the River Test/Southampton Water. This picture was taken at 19:32, quite late on a misty evening but the sun decided to peek from behind a cloud at this moment, hence the lovely glow.
The smaller vessel just behind and to the left of the Queen Victoria, is the Red Funnel Ferry that travels between Southampton and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. I think the little boat close to the QM2 is probably the Pilot boat, ready to take the local pilot off and back to port.
This picture is perhaps slightly over-processed, and the noise filtering may have been a bit much, but I wanted to make sure the Queen Victoria, which was probably about half a mile behind the Queen Mary 2 could be seen through the mist.
There'll be more pictures of these vessels for the rest of this week..
Queen Mary 2 at ...
Robin - Erithacu...