Queens of the Harbour

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So I thought I'd go down and see the Queen Mary 2. As it seems, did the rest of Sydney. Couldn't get down Oxford St. Then found out they'd closed Art Gallery Road. Went back round to Crown St and down, but then couldn't get across William St. Ended up going round more blocks and stopping in the first park I found on William St and just walked down.

So yes, it was big. They say the biggest ship to ever visit Australia. But I'm sure the Constellation was bigger (or longer rather). I'll have to go check the stats. I think the Independance is even bigger than the Constellation but I didn't get any good pics. But I digress. EDIT: According to the SMH the largest ship ever to have been here before was the "Iron Pacific" - which I've been on!!!

Fought my way through thousands of people. Took some piccies of a big boat. Watched the news being broadcast live. Took pics of reporters I don't actually know the names of. Waited impatiently for the QE 2 to arrive, as I was in a parking spot half an hours walk away that was rapidly running out of time. Got a glimpse of the QE2 coming down the harbour, then attempted to race back down Mrs Macquaries Road. Against thousands of people walking up the road. Argh! Managed to be far enough back to the car when the QE2 came by, and managed to get a photo of the two ships together! Sweet! And got a cool movie of them singing to each other. And then nearly died trying to get back up to the car before my time ran out.

So here's some pics.. :)

First up, the lovely Queen Mary 2. Gotta love a wide angle lens!
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Some channel 7 reporter I think EDIT: Samantha Armytage I think
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And another channel 7 reporter
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A channel 9 reporter I think EDIT: Damien Ryan, Channel 9
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The whole spectacle
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Queen Mary 2 through the trees
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Life boat trials
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Big red funnel
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Bridge closer up
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I bet you guys weren't expecting to be on the internet in your bath robes hey? hehe
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These things were buzzing up and down the harbour all evening
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Cameraman hanging out the door of this helicopter
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Crowds gathered on the back of the Queen Mary 2 to see the Queen Elizabeth 2 come in
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QE2 down the harbour
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QE2 a bit closer, behind cloud unfortunately
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QE2 nearing Circular Quay
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Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2 in Sydney Harbour
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3 Comments

Richard said:

Would the QE2 even notice if it accidentally ploughed through all those little yachts? Just a distant clatter of snapping masts...

February 21, 2007 7:40 AM

   

Missy said:

Great pics! Showing my ignorance here, but why were both ships there that particular day?

February 22, 2007 10:05 AM

   

CC said:

Hey Kaz, great pics! Wish I could've gotten out there, but I was working!

Hey, could you possibly email me the video clip you got of the two ships honking at each other please?

February 22, 2007 10:35 PM

   

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