The World: End of the Queen Elizabeth

ABOUT 300 shipyard workers, along with their wives and children, were visiting the vessel once known as the Queen Elizabeth, which was anchored just outside Hong Kong's busy harbor. Suddenly the ship caught fire. Most of those aboard escaped without injury while fireboats fought the rapidly spreading blaze. Next day, with her upper decks collapsed and her massive steel hull buckled like so much soggy cardboard, the ship, still burning, keeled over. The Queen had died.

Named after Britain's Queen Mother, the Cunard Line's 83,000-ton Queen Elizabeth was the world's largest and most luxurious...

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