The legendary Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 on the Hudson River in New York City, October 16, 2008, as she departs for the final time.

18 June, 2010

What Were They Thinking

While the interiors are far better than the exterior, something disturbs me about seeing brick on the interior of a "ship."  The block of flats above the bridge area look like they were added as an afterthought, after the ship was under construction.  Actually, this construction has some precedent with NCL, who pulled the same thing off with the France/Norway conversion.

This is what the ship looked like in her original configuration as the  S.S. France.  I think Carnival got the inspiration for their iconic funnel from this ship.

The ship in her final incarnation as the NCL S.S. Norway, shortly before the boiler explosion that would ultimately take her out of service forever.

NCL towed the ship from Miami, where the boiler explosion occurred, to Bremerhaven, Germany to allegedly repair the damaged boiler.  After sitting idle for an extended period, the ship was transfered to NCL's parent line, Star Cruises, and the path to Alang began.  Despite numerous attempts to save the ship and deny entry into Alang due to hazzardous materials onboard, the ship was beached and the systematic dismantling of the ship began. 

A sad end to a great ship in Alang, India.  NCL currently owns America's great SS United States,  which may meet the same fate.

No comments:

Post a Comment