archival epson inks, found slide
20" x 25"
RMS Queen Elizabeth was launched in 1938 and named in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who was then Queen Consort to King George VI and became Queen Mother in 1952. Queen Elizabeth was the largest passenger liner ever built at the time and for fifty-six years thereafter. With her running mate Queen Mary, she provided luxury liner service between Southampton, UK and New York City, USA via Cherbourg, France. She first entered service in February 1940 as a troopship in World War II, and it was not until October 1946 that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner. With decline in the popularity of the transatlantic route, the ships were replaced by Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. Queen Elizabeth was sold to a succession of buyers, most of whom had adventurous and unsuccessful plans for her. Finally she was sold to a Hong Kong businessmen Tung Chao Yung who intended to convert her into a floating University cruise ship. In 1972, while undergoing refurbishment in Hong Kong harbour, she caught fire under mysterious circumstances and was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. In 1973, her wreck was deemed an obstruction, and she was partially scrapped where she lay.