RMS Queen Elizabeth History Pages

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 launched in 1938 and faced an uncertain future. Her maiden voyage in 1940 was a dash across the North Atlantic, to escape the dangers of World War II. She joined the famed Queen Mary to perform admirably as the world’s largest troop ship, and was instrumental in supporting the allied victory in Europe.

Finally placed into passenger service in 1946, Queen Elizabeth became a much loved Cunarder, operating a successful transatlantic shuttle service until the late 1960s.

Learn about Queen Elizabeth

175 Years of Cunard traces the history of the Cunard Line from the early days of Sir Samuel Cunard to the modern day. In this book, Queen Elizabeth is featured in detail, with history of her build, service life and retirement. Colour and black and white photographs and images help tell the story… read more…

Image source: Wikimedia Commons.