Leaving Southampton

 

A brass band bid us farewell, playing
"Sailing" (Rod Stewart) as we left port.

One of the tugs pulling us away from
the quayside.

The Cunard Lion on guard on the
bow flag.

Hubby at the rail, watching Southampton
fade away in the distance.

 

Captain Roland Hasell, Ship's Master
watches our departure from Southampton
from the port bridge wing.


As the band at the quayside played, the majestic QE2 pulled smoothly away from her berth and for the first time we felt the wind and smelled the sea air that would accompany us for the following six days across the north Atlantic. There was an excitement and a great expectation amoungst us all. Me, I was caught in a spell; dreaming of days long past and of other great ships long at rest. I was going to sail the Atlantic, as so many had done before me. This was magic! Surely this was heaven...

I looked up and saw the Captain on the wing. Quickly I took a photo, at the time not thinking how much this one image would stay with me,
of the man and his mighty ship.


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