Built at the famed John Brown shipyard in Clydebank, Queen Elizabeth was the largest passenger ship built from her launch until 1996, when finally eclipsed by the Carnival Cruise Liner, Carnival Destiny.
Queen Elizabeth was born into an uncertain future. Launched in 1938, her maiden voyage in 1940 was a mad-dash across the North Atlantic to escape the dangers of World War 2.
She joined Queen Mary to perform admirably as the world's largest troop ship, and was instrumental in the allied victory in Europe.
Finally placed into passenger service in 1946, she became a much loved Cunarder, operating a successful transatlantic shuttle service until the 1960's.
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