QE2 Runs Aground on Last Trip

Legendary liner, headed to become floating Dubai hotel, hits sandbar off UK
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 2:04 PM CST
The QE2 prepares to set sail from Belfast Port, Northern Ireland, Oct. 4, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the most famous cruise ships in the world, endured an inglorious UK homecoming today, running aground as it approached its home port of Southampton for the last time. Five tugboats had to haul the 70,000-ton liner off the sandbank; it still docked in time for a farewell from the Duke of Edinburgh, the Daily Express reports.

Crews are currently checking for damage to the ship, which is headed to become a hotel in Dubai. “She didn't want to come in,” said one pensioner on her 10th QE2 voyage. “That’s the opinion of quite a few of us on board. She doesn't want to go to Dubai and we don’t want her to go.”