SHIPPING: Hail to the Queen

Early one morning this week, New York's harbor was a well-planned bedlam of whistles, sirens and bells. Fireboats spouted their best special-occasion cascades. Amid this welcoming todo, the Cunarder Queen Elizabeth, spick & span in a new coat of red, white and black paint, nosed past the Statue of Liberty, headed up the Hudson. At 7:33 a.m., she tied up at Pier 90, ending her maiden commercial voyage across the North Atlantic. Henceforth the 1,031-ft., 83,673-ton Queen Elizabeth will sail weekly between New York and Southampton (the Queen Mary is still being...

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