On Sunday the 29th January 2012 at around 4:45am the world’s largest ocean liner and flagship of the Cunard Line the RMS Queen Mary pulled into Durban Harbour. Unfortunately for the thousands of Durbanites who flocked to the beaches and port-side to view this majestic ship, she was almost 2 hours ahead of schedule so when the city awoke and made their way down for the 6am entrance of this great cruise liner into our port they discovered her already in her dock. Despite missing her grand entrance into Durban, the cities citizens were far from deterred and Durban’s esplanade remained a hive of activity for the reminder of the day with everyone wanting to get a look at this behemoth. And a behemoth she is, her grand size comes with some staggering statistics and dimensions. We shot around Durban trying to get a few shots of her from different perspectives. See the photos below.
In regards to her stats, here are some examples:
- She weighs approximately 150,000 gross tons
- She can carry some 2620 passengers
- She is manned by a crew of 1,250
- Her top speed is a considerable 30 knots (55.52Kph)
- She cost an estimated $800 million dollars to build
Since it is often difficult to picture the size of such a large vessel, here are some comparisons:
- QM2 is 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall (984 ft.)
- QM2 is more than 3 ½ times as long as Westminster Tower (Big Ben) is high (310 ft.)
- QM2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall (1248 ft.)
- QM2 is more than three times as long as St. Paul’s Cathedral is tall (366 ft.)
- QM2 is as long as 41 double-decker London buses (31 ½ ft. each)
- QM2’s whistle is audible for 10 miles
Despite her premature arrival her departure saw her leave promptly at 6pm as announced and Durban didn’t miss its chance to see the girl off. Followed by a small flotilla of yachts, speedboats, tugs and tour boats she left Durban on a beautiful Sunday afternoon off to her next port of call in Mauritius accompanied by the spray of the fire boats and the awe of the Durban people. A truly spectacular vessel and piece of human engineering.