John Sidebotham from Sidney writes these very sensitive words about the Grand Dame of the Seas:

On the 24th February this year, we were treated once again to the spectacle of two Cunard Queens in the Harbour at the same time. On this occasion it was the new Queen Victoria on her maiden Round the World voyage, and the Queen Elizabeth 2 on her twenty-fifth and last Word Cruise.

The Queen Victoria was berthed at Circular Quay in the heart of the city between the Opera House and the Bridge and the QE2 was at Garden Island Naval Base.

At 6.30pm the Queen Victoria left for Brisbane and the QE2 was towed to the Circular Quay terminal for the last time.

Here she is, moving into the sunset, with her hull just catching the setting sun.

Apart from the subject, what makes this a special photo for me is that this image is as taken with no levelling or cropping necessary.

What is even more amazing is that it was the last picture on the card!

The blood still runs cold at the thought that even one average picture photographed earlier would have been enough to make this picture impossible to take!

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