Two big ships

February 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Australia, General, Out and About, Random, Sydney | 2 Comments

If you’ve been in Sydney or perhaps anywhere in Australia you would be aware of the recent arrival in the Sydney harbour of the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Queen Mary 2 cruise ships.

Tuesday morning I walked to work after the QM2 had already docked and was suitably impressed by it’s size, particularly in reference to the buildings along Potts Point and Garden Island. No wonder the Navy decided to give up the dock, compared to the QM2 they’re small.

After work I, and apparently thousands of others, made our way into the Botanic Gardens and other vantage points to see the arrival of the QE2 into the harbour. It’s certainly a big ship. although small when seen with QM2 and clearly an event. 


It was the oddest of spectacles, as a dozen or more helicopters hovered and flew above the harbour like gnats, the hundreds of small boats and ships skirting the edges of the ships reminiscent of forlorn puppies seeking the approval and acknowledgement of these pack leaders. Finally, there we, the people, flittering from one side of Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in order to catch the best view akin to a primordial ooze being pushed in one direction or another.

I was more than happy to be a single cell in this mass of people straining to see the ships, enjoying the evening and the experience. In the interim between the arrival of the QE2 and the fireworks I had some dinner before meeting Miki at Embarkation Park to catch the bright, shiny and loud fireworks in the shadow of the QM2.

The fireworks were good and the atmosphere jovial and relaxed. Although traffic chaos and recriminations have no doubt soured the experience for many Sydney-siders.

Sadly, I didn’t get any good firework photos (see below for the “best” of the worst).  


Added to that is the rather short notice news from the Police that there’ll be more road madness on Thursday when VP Dick Cheney arrives in Sydney.

 Makes me happy I live in the inner city, that is until the rental crisis hits!


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  1. Nice pics. I’ve heard about the massive turnout from the photography group I hang out with. Speaking of which, would you be interested in joining? No fees. And this sounds like a cult doesn’t it? Well it is…

  2. Heh, I’ve read about it on yours and some other Sydney bloga – it does look cool but other than pointing and clicking I’m still very much in the amateur league. I think I’d be quite intimidated! 🙂

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