1968: QE2 Begins Final Acceptance Trials

1968: QE2 Begins Final Acceptance Trials


Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2 began her final acceptance trials on 23 December 1968 after an unexpected delay. As this brief contemporary newsreel report explains,  a faulty oil valve during QE2’s initial speed trial allowed lubricant to leak into one of the liner’s boilers, contaminating the system and forcing a shutdown. The failure also caused the cancellation of a pre-launch charity cruise.

Associated Press, 1968, December 8.

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