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QE2 makes last stop on the Clyde


The QE2 arrives in Greenock

The QE2 has returned to the stretch of water where it was built as part of its farewell tour of the UK.

The Cunard vessel arrived in Greenock at just after 1200 BST.

Thousands lined up to watch the famous vessel arrive but there will be no public access before it departs for Queensferry at 2200 BST.

The QE2 was launched from John Brown shipyard in Clydebank in 1967. It will be retired in November to be converted into a hotel in Dubai.

During its time at sea, the 70,000-tonne ship has broken records, transported troops and hosted royalty.

It has travelled more than 5.6 million nautical miles, carried more than 2.5 million passengers and crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times.

The QE2 was bought by investment group Dubai World for $100m (£55m) and will arrive at the emirate port on 28 November to be retired.

Inverclyde provost Michael McCormick said: "The QE2 stands for all that was and remains good about Inverclyde.

"She is what we now call a design classic and has gained iconic status.

"The quality of her finish is tribute to the skills of all those people who worked on her.

He added: "She is Clydebuilt which means she's built to last.

"We are sorry to see her go and we'll never see her likes again but Inverclyde is a major cruise stop and we look forward to welcoming other vessels from around the world."

The liner left Liverpool on Friday and will visit Edinburgh before arriving in its home port of Southampton next week.

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