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QUEEN MARY 2 ARRIVES IN NEW YORK HARBOR
to COMMEMORATE CUNARD’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY

by Stuart Gewirtzman

In July 1840, RMS BRITANNIA inaugurated the first scheduled transatlantic liner service by the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later to become the Cunard Steamship Company. On Tuesday July 14, 2015, the 175th anniversary of that crossing was commemorated with the arrival of the QUEEN MARY 2 into New York Harbor. The QM2 was greeted by several historic vessels, and was given a water spray salute by the retired 1931 fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY which reportedly greeted the original QUEEN MARY in similar fashion more than 70 years ago. That evening, the QM2 held position off the Battery in Lower Manhattan for a light show before sailing for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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QUEEN MARY 2 and the Staten Island ferry SPIRIT OF AMERICA

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QUEEN MARY 2 framed in a rainbow from the spray of the fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY.

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QUEEN MARY 2 with the Statue of Liberty off her bow and the Lower Manhattan skyline to stern.

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Fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY salutes QUEEN MARY 2 as she backs into her berth at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

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Historic 1938 coastal tanker MARY A. WHELAN (with an assist from the historic tugboat CORNELL out of view) accompanies QUEEN MARY 2 to her Brooklyn berth as the Staten Island ferry SEN. JOHN. J. MARCHI sails past. The WHELAN is now a floating cultural center operated by PortSide New York. (For more on the history of the WHELAN see portside-newyork.squarespace.com.)

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QUEEN MARY 2 holds position off the Battery in Lower Manhattan for a music and light show with the Statue of Liberty
as a backdrop before sailing for Halifax, Nova Scotia.