Peter Shanks, Cunard's President, with the "keys" to the QUEEN ELIZABETH at Monfalcone, Italy. Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.

September 30: Cunard took delivery of QUEEN ELIZABETH today in an official Handover Ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone, Italy-based shipyard, when the Italian flag was ceremonially lowered and replaced with the Blue Ensign, officiating the ship’s entry into the Register of British Shipping. The 92,400 gt vessel, the third QUEEN ELIZABETH and the second largest ever built for Cunard Line, will depart today for Southampton, where she is due to arrive at the Ocean Terminal on Friday, October 8.

“This ceremony to mark the completion of the QUEEN ELIZABETH and our acceptance of delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over the next few weeks – including the ship’s official naming by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton on Monday 11 October,” said Peter Shanks, President of Cunard Line. “I’m certain the British will take this truly magnificent ship to their hearts, as they have all the Cunard Queens.”

Stay tuned for Peter Knego’s Sea Treks reports on MaritimeMatters from the ship during her Southampton inaugural and naming ceremonies.

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Peter Knego

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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