July 8, 2002
Queen Mary 2 laid its keel on July 4. The ship is under construction in St. Nazaire (France) and a prefabricated section of the keel was dropped into the ship’s building dock. Laying the keel is a significant milestone in the construction of a ship (sort of like pouring the basement for a house); it’s basically the foundation of the vessel.
History buffs should note that the keel laying ceremony was slated to occur on July 4 because, 162 years before on the very same date Cunard’s first ship, Britannia, began her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Boston.
The 2,620-passenger, 150,000-ton Queen Mary 2 is due to be delivered in...529 days. Approximately.