Small Fire Breaks Out on Queen Mary 2, but Rough Seas Have More Impact

October 6, 2011

(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- A small fire broke out on Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 Wednesday evening.

According to the line, the fire occurred at 7:47 p.m. EDT and was immediately extinguished. "Neither passengers nor crew were adversely affected, and neither was the operation of the ship," said United Kingdom-based spokesman Eric Flounders. The fire was caused by one of QM2's gas turbines, which are situated below and behind the ship's funnel. They're used to augment power to the ship's main quartet of diesel turbines, allowing the ship to travel at a higher maximum speed (some 30 knots).

Queen Mary 2's itinerary has been impacted -- but not because of the fire. According to United States-based spokeswoman Jackie Chase, "due to high winds and active seas, [the ship] will arrive two hours later than scheduled in [Brooklyn's Red Hook Terminal] on Friday, and as a result will depart one hour later than scheduled."

Wednesday's fire is QM2's second in just over a year. In September 2010, a dangerous explosion in a switchboard room caused a brief power outage.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor