Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Follow the QE2's Last Voyage

The cruise ship the QE2 is currently moored in Southampton in the UK before undergoing its final voyage to its new permanent home in Dubai.

If you don't believe me you can check the QE2's position for yourself on MarineTraffic.

The 40-year-old cruise ship is soon to be turned into a floating hotel in Dubai. It is due to leave on its final voyage this evening at 7.15pm (GMT). As you can see from the screenshot above its next port of call is Lisbon on Thursday. You can of course track the QE2 all the way to Dubai on MarineTraffic.

89-year-old American, Beatrice Muller will now have to find a new home. Mrs Muller has been living on the ship on and off for the last 14 years and is the ship's only permanent resident. Read more about her story on the BBC.

Frank Taylor, of the Google Earth Blog (and round the world sailor), has e-mailed to tell me that the QE2 is no longer appearing on the map (as of midday (GMT) Wed). I think this might be because the map only picks up ships when they are close to an AIS base station (and therefore close to shore). The QE2 is due to arrive in Lisbon on Thursday so should reappear on the map again tomorrow.


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