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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Facts and Figures

QM2 Is Largest Ocean Vessel Afloat


Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Leaves Shipyard

The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) leaves the shipyard on her way to Southampton, U.K.

Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line
Here are some facts and comparisons about the Queen Mary 2 from the Cunard Web Site.

  • Length: 1,132 feet
  • Beam: 135 feet
  • Beam at Bridge Wings: 147.5 feet
  • Draft: 32 feet 10 inches
  • Height (Keel to Funnel): 236.2 feet
  • Gross Tonnage: Approximately 150,000 gross tons
  • Passengers: 2,620
  • Crew: 1,253
  • Top Speed: Approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph)
  • Power: 157,000 horsepower, environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant
  • Propulsion: Four pods of 21.5 MW each; 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing
  • Strength: Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Atlantic crossings
  • Stabilizers: Two sets
  • Cost: Estimated $800 million dollars

Since it is often difficult to picture the size of such a large vessel, here are some comparisons:

  • QM2 is five times longer than Cunard's first ship, Britannia (230 ft.)
  • QM2 is 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary
  • QM2 is more than twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall (550 ft.)
  • QM2 is 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall (984 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than 3 ½ times as long as Westminster Tower (Big Ben) is high (310 ft.)
  • QM2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall (1248 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than three times as long as St. Paul's Cathedral is tall (366 ft.)
  • QM2 is as long as 41 double-decker London buses (31 ½ ft. each)
  • QM2's whistle is audible for 10 miles

Source: Cunard Line

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