Amid festivities befitting nautical royalty, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final call to Halifax, birthplace of Cunard Line founder Sir Samuel Cunard, on Sunday.

The ship’s nine-hour visit yesterday marked its 27th trip into Halifax.

Dozens of on-lookers, mostly holding cameras, watched from the Halifax waterfront late in the afternoon as the ship left Pier 21 and took a counter-clockwise turn around George’s Island before leaving Halifax Harbour and heading out to sea.

Accompanied by the city’s maritime ambassador Theodore Tugboat and a traditional fireboat display, the iconic ocean liner was celebrated during her final voyage to New England and Canada, part of her Farewell Tour before completing service to Cunard in November.

QE2 Captain Ian McNaught and local dignitaries, including the Honourable Lenard Goucher, Minister of Immigration, Dawn Sloane, Councillor of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Lieutenant-Colonel John Woodgate, Vice President of the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association, John Langley, Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society, Margaret WIttingham-Lamont, Missions to Seafarers, and Mark MacDonald, Chair of the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors, gathered onboard for a reception and luncheon to mark the occasion. From Halifax, the ship will call on Quebec City before sailing to her homeport in Southampton, England.

QE2 made her maiden call to Halifax on Oct. 11, 1973, and Sunday will mark her 27th call to the city over her more than 40 years at sea.

(Picture by Philip Croucher for Metro Halifax)

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