Queen Elizabeth 2 is probably the most famous liner in the world and was one of the last great transatlantic liners. The QE2 - as she is more commonly known - was a global ambassador for both Cunard and Britain. She sailed nearly 6 million miles and carried 21/2 million passengers in style, comfort and luxury. Author Stephen Payne, the principal naval architect of the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary 2, brings his unrivalled knowledge and experience as a designer to bear on the QE2, examining her design, construction and operation.
Stephen Payne OBE, FRINA, is the author of the Haynes Queen Mary 2 Manual and principal naval architect of the Cunard ocean liner RMS Queen Mary 2. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and lives in Hampshire.