Spectators lining the banks of the River Mersey yesterday were treated to the magical sight of three Cunard cruise liners perform a choreographed manoeuvres routine. The trio of super-cruisers sailed up the Mersey to mark Cunard’s 175th birthday and the sailing of the shipping line’s first vessel from Liverpool in 1840.
Thousands of spectators had begun crowding onto the Mersey’s banks from early yesterday morning to watch the exciting culmination of the three-day anniversary bash. The vessels taking part in the exercises were Cunard’s three flagship vessels: the Queen Mary II, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth.
The trio of vessels carried out a kind of dance which saw them perform synchronised moves including a 180° about-turn. This was followed by the Red Arrows staging a flypast and salute in honour of the auspicious occasion.
The first of Cunard’s liners to sail from Liverpool was the Queen Mary II yesterday afternoon. A fireworks extravaganza was held to usher the Queen Elizabeth out of port yesterday evening as she left for a leisurely cruise down to Southampton. The last of the Cunard ships is due to depart this evening at 17:00.
The Queen Mary II is due to make the same voyage that Cunard’s original steamship, the RMS Britannia, made in 1840. The queen will sail from Liverpool to Halifax, Boston and New York later in 2015. Liverpool’s tourist board says around 1.3 million people attended the various events held over the bank holiday weekend to mark Cunard’s birthday.