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7th March 2012 – Photographs taken from the very top of the Queen Mary 2 this afternoon in Sydney Harbour from the top of the funnel, 62 metres above the water line – Queen Mary 2 Creates History as Largest Ship to Berth at Sydney’s Circular Quay
CunardÕs 151,400-tonne liner Queen Mary 2 has created a spectacular sight in Sydney today, berthing for the first time in the heart of the city at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Circular Quay.

The largest ship ever to visit Australia, Queen Mary 2 stretches 345 metres along the waterfront at the Quay and rises 62 metres Ð just five metres below the highest sail of the adjacent Sydney Opera House and 10 metres above the 52-metre navigational clearance for the Sydney Harbour Bridge road deck.

Bringing Queen Mary 2 alongside at Circular Quay, instead of berthing at Garden Island Naval Base, was possible following Sydney Ports CorporationÕs installation of a new anchoring point, which can cater for larger ships at the OPT.

The linerÕs arrival this morning for her first overnight stay in Sydney marks the end of her Royal Circumnavigation of Australia which has seen her spend 30 days in Australian waters Ð the longest she has been based outside her Northern Hemisphere homeports of New York and Southampton.

Queen Mary 2 will sail from Sydney at 8.30pm on Thursday as she continues on her fifth world voyage – a 108-night odyssey.

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