RMS Queen Elizabeth History Pages
Built at the famed John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Queen Elizabeth was the largest passenger ship ever constructed, a title she held from her launch until 1996 – when finally eclipsed by the Carnival Cruise Ship Carnival Destiny.
Queen Elizabeth was launched in 1938, to an uncertain future. Her maiden voyage in 1940 was an epic dash across the North Atlantic, to escape the dangers of World War II.
Queen Elizabeth 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.