To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Cunard’s first trans-atlantic crossing from Liverpool to Canada/USA, the “Three Queens” (Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth cruise-liners) visited Liverpool together for the first time over the weekend just gone. We even had a fly-past by the “Red Arrows”, the famous Royal Air Force display team, as part of the celebrations.
Although Cunard’s main HQ is now down in Southampton, Liverpool was Cunard’s home from 1840 until 1967 and is still very much the spiritual heart of the company. Indeed the Cunard Building, completed in 1917, is one of the famous ‘Three Graces’ at Liverpool’s Pier Head.
There were many thousands of people who lined the banks of the River Mersey for miles on either side, so when you found a spot from where you could take relatively clean, unobstructed photos you didn’t dare move. I grabbed a spot pretty close to the action on the Wirral side of the Mersey, right opposite Liverpool’s famous waterfront. This gave me a great view of each of the ships individually with some wonderful backdrops, but unfortunately I couldn’t get a view with all three ships together……..they were just too big and I was too close.
© Mark Simms Photography (2015)