Well the time had come to say a fond farewell to that
magnificent ship the QE2 who based in Southampton.
I worked in her engine room in the 1990's and she was
like no other ship on the planet, pure 5* luxury.
So it was with much sadness to see her sail on her final
journey to Dubai where she would be turned into a hotel.
I remember when the Concordes flew there last flights,
another of my great loves and i had tears in my eyes
then as well.
Here's the story
On Tuesday 11 November, thousands of people flocked to Mayflower Park and vantage points along Southampton Water to watch QE2's final departure.
After a spectacular fireworks display off Mayflower Park, QE2 set sail for Lisbon just after 20:00 accompanied by a huge flotilla of vessels.
QE2 left flying her red "paying off" pennant from her mast to mark the end of her commission - QE2's is particularly impressive as the pennant's length is determined by years of service, one foot for each of her 39 years.
During her last day in Southampton to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, one million poppies were dropped over QE2 just after 11am. Later in the afternoon there was a sail and flypast from RFA Mounts Bay and three patrol boats and an RAF Harrier.