Cruise News Daily Newsfile
September 21, 2008

Boston & Halifax Say Good-bye to QE2

Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final call at Boston last Thursday (September 18, 2008). There were several displays to mark the event. As she departed Boston Harbor for the last time, she was afforded an 11-Round Howitzer Salute by the Massachusetts Army National Guard 1st Battalion 101st Field Artillery. The farewell also included being escorted by a flotilla of local boaters and fireboat water displays from Massport Fire-Rescue and the Boston Fire Department. QE2 is being retired at the end of November. In her more than 40 years of service, QE2 called on the city 50 times, including 21 overnight calls.  
The final visit to Boston was highlighted by a performance by the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums.
A farewell reception was held onboard to mark the occasion. Attending were (from left to right) John A. Quelch (Massportís Chairman of the Board), Thomas J. Kinton, Jr. (CEO & Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority - Massport), QE2 Captain Ian McNaught, and Phil Budden (British Consul-General for New England).
On Sunday, the farewell activities moved to Halifax, which has special significance for Cunard because it is the birthplace of Cunard Line founder Sir Samuel Cunard. QE2 made her first call at Halifax in 1973 and Sunday's (September 21, 2008) call was her 27th. 
A number of dignitaries attended the onboard events. Shown above (left to right) are Mark MacDonald (Chair of the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors), QE2 Captain Ian McNaught, the Honourable Lenard Goucher (Minister of Immigration) and Dawn Sloane (Councillor of the Halifax Regional Municipality).
Also at the reception were (left to right) John Langley (Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society), QE2 Captain Ian McNaught, Lieutenant-Colonel John Woodgate (Vice President of the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association) and a member of the 78th Highlanders at the Halifax Citadel..

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