Mary’s a welcome sight

The Queen Mary sals past the Sealife centre on Scarboroughs North Bay. 113802a  .Picture Richard Ponter.

The Queen Mary sals past the Sealife centre on Scarboroughs North Bay. 113802a .Picture Richard Ponter.

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CROWDS flocked to Scarborough’s coast to see a majestic visitor sail past.

The Queen Mary 2, the world’s largest ocean liner, passed the Yorkshire coastline on its way to Southampton yesterday morning.

As seen from the Spa, Queen Mary 2 makes her third appearence off Scarborough, as she makes a close pass, heading South en route to Southhampton. Taken with a Nikon D3, 300mm Nikkor lens, 1/1600thsed at f5.6, 400iso. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113801a   19/09/11

As seen from the Spa, Queen Mary 2 makes her third appearence off Scarborough, as she makes a close pass, heading South en route to Southhampton. Taken with a Nikon D3, 300mm Nikkor lens, 1/1600thsed at f5.6, 400iso. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113801a 19/09/11

Tom Machin, the skipper of the Coronia and Regal Lady, said he took some passengers out to sea to get a closer view.

He said: “It was a bit further out than normal, about two and a half miles, it was brilliant and it was lovely to see.

“We got really close to her and they were blowing the horn at us.”

He added that the horn was from the original Queen Mary. He said: “Everybody enjoyed it – they thought it was fantastic.”

Watching from the Spa, Queen Mary 2 makes her third appearence off Scarborough, as she makes a close pass, heading South en route to Southampton. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113801f   19/09/11

Watching from the Spa, Queen Mary 2 makes her third appearence off Scarborough, as she makes a close pass, heading South en route to Southampton. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113801f 19/09/11

Yesterday’s voyage was the vessel’s third sail past the town. It previously visited in 2004 and 2009.

The vessel carries 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew.

Her visit comes just two weeks after a sail-past by Cunard’s newest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, on September 3.