Red poppies as the QE2 makes her last voyage
On one of her last trips, the QE2 travels to the Clyde, where she was built a little more than forty years ago. In the 20th century the Clyde was the world centre of shipbuilding.
Image: Ian Arthur/AP Released by Britain's Ministry of Defense
As I've written, I sailed on the QE2 through a terrific North Atlantic gale, and it was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. She was lovely and sailed swiftly through the storm to aid a ship in trouble.
I grew very fond of her. On the vast ocean she kept us safe and happy.
Her ocean-going days are ending, and she does not appear enthused. She will become a floating hotel in Dubai.
I'll always remember lying in bed in one of her cabins at night and listening to her sigh on the sea.