Queen’s visit

Cunard Queen Elizabeth. Arrival in Port of Southampton 8th October 2010
Cunard Queen Elizabeth. Arrival in Port of Southampton 8th October 2010

A GIANT cruise liner is once again to dominate the horizon on Scarborough’s South Bay as the Queen Elizabeth sails past.

The 90,000-ton ship will be less than a mile off shore as she progresses from Flamborough Head to Whitley Bay tomorrow.

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The journey is part of the ship’s maiden Round Britain voyage, which starts today as she departs from Southampton on the ten-night trip.

After leaving Flamborough Head at 3.45pm tomorrow the ship is due to sail past Filey at 4.30pm before passing by Scaborough’s South Bay at 4.45pm and heading on to Whitby for 5.45pm.

The Queen Elizabeth, which is Cunard’s newest ship, follows in the footsteps of the QE2 and the Queen Mary 2, which have both sailed past close to the South Bay.

Hundreds of people gathered along Scarborough’s coastline in October 2009 when the Queen Mary sailed past as part of a ‘lap of honour’ to mark her fifth birthday.

The ship had previously visited waters along the Yorkshire coast in July 2004.

Crowds also turned out for the arrival of the QE2 when the ship sailed past Scarborough in September 2007 as part of its 40th Birthday tour.

A fireworks display, set off from the site of the South Bay Pool, greeted the huge liner and the Spa Orchestra dedicated its 11am Sun Court concert to the famous ship.

Scores of people are once again expected to line the coastline tomorrow for the Queen Elizabeth.

The ship joined the Cunard fleet in October 2010, and has been designed internally to replicate the 1930’s/40’s heritage of the first ship to bear her name.

The giant vessel measures 964.5 feet long and 106 feet wide and carries 2,068 guests and 996 crew.

It travels at a speed of up to 23.7 knots and is captained by Christopher Wells.