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Queen Elizabeth, Inchgreen Drydock, Greenock, 1966, Fox
Queen Elizabeth 1966
Inchgreen Drydock Greenock

The RMS Queen Elizabeth, Job No 552, was launched on September 27, 1938. She had two funnels and a displacement of 83,000 tons, designed to carry 2,283 passengers and able to travel at 28.5 knots. She sailed until December 7, 1968, when she was sold to Chinese owners and taken to Hong Kong for conversion to a floating university, the Seawise University. However, she caught fire (suspected arson) during the work and overturned in Hong Kong Harbour on January 9, 1972, and was broken for scrap in 1975. What could not be removed was left on the seabed and now lies under Hong Kong International Airport. Prior to scrapping, the derelict liner portrayed a top secret MI6 base, hidden in Hong Kong harbour in the 1974 James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun". In the course of the film, while passing the wreck, the announcer on the Hong Kong-Macau hydrofoil ferry announces the liner sank in 1971, while the actual date was January 1972.

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