Braemar (III), Queen Mary 2 & Queen Elizabeth 2
What a day the 16th April 2005 was.  It was very busy for the departures of the Queens.  A lot of people went by the article in the paper saying they would sail at 5pm rather than the shipping movements.  QM2 was always 6pm but QE2 had been changed from 5pm to 6.30pm.  She was in 38/9 like she should be while QM2 was in 106.  Fred.Olsen's 19,089grt 1993-built Braemar (formerly Crown Cruise Lines' Crown Dynasty before being chartered to Cunard as Cunard Crown Dynasty until 1997, Majesty Cruise Line as Crown Majesty for one season, Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Dynasty until 2001 when she was sold to Fred Olsen Cruise Line) was starboard side in 101 and leaving first.  
Braemarleft twenty minutes late, turned around on the spot, then passed QE2 but both were silent.
So 6pm came around.  It had been freezing cold all afternoon and getting gloomy.  Ten minutes later a fire tug was spraying and QM2 was finally on the move.  She was meant to pass QE2 at 6.20pm but it was half past and the greeting was average.  Not like P&O at all.  The little boats following QM2 were tooting back and when QE2 replied to her big sister, the crowd gave an enormous cheer.

In the first photo you can just about see
Adonia in dry dock on the left where she had been towed the day before for her conversion back to Sea Princess.
No sooner had Mary passed than the tugs went to work pulling out Lizzie then she followed her enormous sister towards the Solent.
To see photos of Braemaer's sister, Gemini, in Bergen, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 16th April 2005 & 20th May 2006
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26th July 2011