RMS Queen Elizabeth - Fit for a Queen by Gordon Bauwens.
In 1946 the daunting task of restoring Queen Elizabeth from grey troop carrier into the stateliest of liners was shared between the Clyde and Southampton. Cunard allowed John Brown & Co, the Elizabeths builders, just 10 weeks to transform the vessels structure as she lay at anchor at the Tail othe Bank. The most striking aspect of this work, as the liners drab wartime coat was chipped away, was how in stages from bow to stern, she gradually emerged in gleaming Cunard colours. This phase completed, the vessel returned to Southampton to be refitted with her original furnishings and for dry docking. Setting out for Scotland once more, Commodore Bisset learned that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose would join the revitalised vessel on the Clyde for her trials on October 8. On one run over the measured mile off Arran the Queen, invited by the Commodore, took the wheel while her two daughters recorded the time taken with stop watches. Then, her speed trials over, the ship headed back to the Tail othe Bank where the steamer Queen Mary II would take the Royal Party back to Greenocks Princes Pier. En Route, as the sleek Cunarder cleared the sweeping bend between Gourock and Strone, the early evening sun highlighted her shining new paintwork. Framed by the autumn tinted hills, she shared the moment with PS Jupiter and the little Clyde puffer, Ardfern.
|Item Code : GBQ0002||RMS Queen Elizabeth - Fit for a Queen by Gordon Bauwens. - This Edition|
|PRINT||Signed limited edition of 750 prints. || Image size 23 inches x 16 inches (58cm x 41cm)||Artist : Gordon Bauwens||£5 Off!||Now : £70.00|
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