QE2 leaves dry dock

September 02, 1992|By Boston Globe

BOSTON -- With a thumbs-up from its captain and three cheers from its crew, the patched Queen Elizabeth 2 floated out of a South Boston dry dock yesterday and returned to sea, leaving a wake of hope for the region's job-hungry shipworkers.

"While we're sad to see the QE2 go, this is a new day for the industry of ship repair in Boston," said Donald A. Gillis, executive director of the city's Economic Development and Industrial Corp. The agency owns the dry dock in which 200 workers for General Ship Corp. labored around-the-clock to repair damage caused by the luxury liner's crash Aug. 7 into rocks in Vineyard Sound.

The crash, with rocks apparently not shown on nautical charts, gouged the ship's hull and forced 1,815 passengers to evacuate the world-famous liner at sea.

A federal investigation into the cause of the accident is still under way.

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