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QE2 pennant on display

1 May 2009 by Sam

photo of a long thin red flag flying from the top of a liner

The paying off pennant flying on the QE2’s last voyage. Image © Graeme Phanco, Sea Pigeon on Flickr.

Here’s some news from press officer Ed Casson, who was down at the Maritime Museum yesterday to see a new acquisition go on display:


“National Museums Liverpool has acquired another great piece of maritime history – a pennant from the flagship Cunard liner QE2.

The paying off pennant was originally presented to Liverpool City Council during the QE2’s farewell visit to the city in October last year. It has now been presented to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, hanging proudly in the Life at Sea gallery.

The red 39 foot long pennant was presented to museum director Tony Tibbles yesterday by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor Councillor Steve Rotheram.

Flown immediately prior to the liner leaving service, the QE2 paying off pennant is the longest in Cunard’s history – one foot for each year the famous liner was in service. Because it is so big, the pennant has had be folded into sections to fit in one of the museums display cases. But to give you an idea, 39 foot is longer than three Mini Cooper cars put together!

Since her maiden voyage in 1969, the QE2 carried many famous passengers, including film stars, members of the Royal Family and world leaders. She was Cunard’s flagship until succeeded by Queen Mary 2 in 2004 and is also the longest serving ship in Cunard’s history.”

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