After a voyage on the Queen Mary 2, passengers were offered the opportunity to purchase a professionally built model of the ship as a memento. Not inexpensive at $3,500, some passengers did nevertheless order a model. It took 6 months to custom build, but the final result is a 32-inch masterpiece loaded with tiny details down to the deck chairs and delicate railings. The model was made by Maritime Replicas in 1/350 scale. The last photo shows the model on display in its glass display case.

The QM2 remains the longest and heaviest ocean liner ever built. There are several lighter duty Oasis class cruise ships that are now larger, but they were not built for use in the heavy seas of the North Atlantic Ocean. Many container ships are also larger, but as passenger vessels go, the QM2 built in 2003 remains one of the largest.

Exhibit added: June 15, 2016 - Last modified: April 19, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship