Marine artist Robert Lloyd’s lifelike painting of the QUEEN MARY 2 in Hamburg’s Blohm and Voss Drydock unveiled today.
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Robert Lloyd, the MARY and Blohm and Voss Drydock 17. Photo by Peter Knego 2016.
During this month’s visit to Hamburg’s Blohm and Voss shipyard to witness the “Remastering” of the QUEEN MARY 2, a stem-to-stern refit that has now been price tagged at USD $132 million, the press corps was granted a chance to peer at the massive ship’s form from the edge of Drydock #17. Among those taking in the view was celebrated marine artist Robert Lloyd. The gifted Lloyd, who was raised in Wirral (near Liverpool) had been commissioned by Cunard Line to do an official portrait of the now 2,961-passenger ship undergoing its most extensive refurbishment since entering service in 2004.
QUEEN MARY 2 Remastered by Robert Lloyd. Courtesy of Cunard Line.
Today, as the QM2 marks her return to Southampton during a nine night westbound voyage that started in Hamburg on Tuesday, the epic painting has been official unveiled. Entitled “Queen Mary 2 Remastered”, it depicts the ship at Blohm and Voss on June 10, 2016. The painting also captures the Hamburg waterfront and the preserved cargo liner CAP SAN DIEGO.
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Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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