June 24, 2011
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
Queen Mary 2 is here in her home port of Southampton today and she will be leaving later this afternoon, heading across the Atlantic to New York. Our guests embarking today will be joined by a rather special group of song writers as part of our Professional Insights series. They will be able to take part in workshops with Chris Difford, Simon Hanson and John Bentley from Squeeze, Angie Pollock from Lightning Seeds and Geoff Martyn from Travis. They will also have the chance to record their song to CD at the end of the voyage! Our first songwriting voyage on board Queen Mary 2 was a real success and Chris Difford will be sailing on board our flagship several times this year. So, if you’d like to find out more about the songwriting voyages you can click here: www.cunard.com/songwriting
On other news from Queen Mary 2, I received a note from Deputy Captain Dariusz Gozdzik with a very interesting story from her previous Transatlantic Crossing. Darius met Mr Patrick Chisholm of the Isle of Wight, who brought with him a blue ensign from the original Queen Mary, which he bought at auction some time ago. The flag measures 18 feet in the hoist and 36 feet in the fly, making it overall 72 square yards. He thought that this made it the largest maritime flag in the world. He spoke of the privilege of wearing the Blue Ensign on Queen Mary stemming from her, and her consort Queen Elizabeth, troop carrying duties during World War II.
He asked if we could fly it – which we were honoured to do one afternoon in the North Atlantic. It was a great privilege to celebrate its maritime historical credentials in that way. The flag is made of traditional bunting and so, unlike modern flags, flies silently.
So, what do our readers think? At 72 square yards, could this be the largest ensign in the world?