28 November 2011

Queen Elizabeth in Helsinki, 21 August 2011

Queen Elizabeth

IMO 9477438
Built 2010, Fincantieri Monfalcone, Italy
Tonnage 90 901 GT
Length 294,00 m
Width 32,25 m
Draugth 8,00 m
2 092 passengers
6 MaK diesels, combined 50 700 kW
2 azipods
3 bow thrusters
Speed 23,7 knots (maximum)

Cunard Line's latest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, really needs no introduction. I could also ramble here about Cuanrd's recent reflagging of their fleet to Bermuda or about their current naming policy and how disrespectful it is to their history, but since I'm writing this at a quarter past one in the morning I guess we'll go straight to the photos.

Queen Elizabeth departing from Helsinki West harbour on the evening of 21 August 2011, photographed from Vattuniemi. I never seem to be in luck with Cunarders. The only time I've tried to photograph the Queen Victoria thus far I arrived too late and could only get a few aft photos of her. With the QE she manoeuvred out of the harbour in such a manner that I could only take aft-oriented photos of her too. Still, they're not all bad.

Click on the individual images to see in larger size.

Reversing from quay, with Tallink's Baltic Princess in the background.
Put crap on the foreground, make photo look more artistic.
Sailboats also help (as noted in the previous entry, this was the day of a "floating boat exhibit" and hence there were a lot of boats buzzing around).
This was the closest I could get to a photo showing the ship from a forward angle. Since this was late in the day the shore was alreaduy in the shade, somewhat diminishing the attractiveness of the image.

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