QE2 photographs shown for the first time

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An archive of previously unseen photographs featuring the QE2 has been published online by the University of Glasgow.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the ocean liner, the images show every stage of the ship’s construction, from the cutting of the steel plates in Hull to the vessel’s sea trials.

The project is a partnership between the university and the National Archives of Scotland, which also commemorates the QE2’s forthcoming retirement.

Lesley Richmond, director of the university’s archive services, said: “This month will be the last time that the QE2 will be seen on the banks of the river where it was built and we wanted to mark the occasion in a fitting way.

“The ship was constructed by the most skilled workforce in Britain and this exhibition is a tribute to all those who were involved with her.”

She added: “The workmanship and design was world class and something in which the people of Scotland should be immensely proud.”

More than 70 previously unpublished photographs are featured in the online gallery.

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