The information below provides some guidance on how to understand and interpret the information and statistics from the abstract log.

Log Entries

A log entry exists for every day since the QE2 left Clydebank on 19-Nov-1968 until arrival in Dubai on 26-Nov-2008. Multiple entries can exist on the same day. Each log entry includes:

Dates are calendar dates and do not include times. Occasionally times of specific events are noted in the remarks (local time zone). The time of sailing is recorded when the last lines are let go or when the anchor is weighed. This can occasionally cause ambiguity in log entries when the ship sailed after midnight. e.g. if the vessel sailed at 00:15 then the previous date may be used.

On days where there is a change of command the incoming captain is recorded.

Passage Distance, Time and Speed

Field Details
Distance Passage distance at sea
In Inbound port arrival distance
Out Outbound port departure distance
Speed Average speed (knots) from Distance and Time
Time Time spent (decimal hours) at sea steaming Distance
All distances are recorded in nautical miles. 1 nautical mile = 1.15 statute miles (1.85 kilometres).

Estimated Passages

In some rare instances the passage data for Time, Distance and Speed is missing or incomplete. In such cases an appropriate comment appears in the log entry. e.g. "Estimated trials distance". Estimated values are determined in two ways:

  1. An average derived from other log passages between the two ports.
    Example: New York, 30-Oct-1993
  2. Calculated distance from navigation charts.
    Example: Milford Sound, 13-Feb-1988

At Sea

The following log entries relate to sea-going activity.

Entry Details
At sea A full 24 hour period at sea without calls to any ports.
At sea (drifting) Drifting at sea without power or assistance
At sea (trials) At sea undergoing testing. Typically before entering service or after a refit. Passage data not always recorded
At sea (under tow) At sea being towed


For periods when the QE2 was out of service additional information may be available in the comments and remarks.

Activity Details
Drydock Ship drydocked. Not all drydocks are currently recorded. Refits may include days in drydock.
Refit Vessel out of service for repairs or refit. Extended stays in port for unscheduled repairs typically use the current port. e.g. Cherbourg 27-Oct-1974

Ports of Call

In the majority of cases ports are identified according to the entries in the international UN/LOCODE list. The port codes are given in the individual port pages e.g. GB SOU for Southampton. Ports do not differentiate between berths or anchorages. Details on unusual berths may be included in the remarks e.g. the 27-Apr-2007 call to New York when the QE2 docked at Brooklyn.

Counted Calls

Every log entry has a value to indicate whether the call to the port should be counted. This is used for statistical purposes so that the total number of calls to each port can be calculated. Examples of calls that are not counted:

Maiden Calls

Every log entry has a value to indicate whether the call to the port should be recorded as the official maiden arrival. Apart from a few isolated exceptions listed below the maiden call will be the first counted call to the port.

Port Details
Clydebank The first entry in the log on 19-Nov-1968 and the only entry for this port. It does not count as an arrival and therefore not a maiden call.
Cape Verde The first entry on 3-Apr-1969 was not a counted call as the ship only sighted the Cape Verde islands during trials and did not stop. The official maiden call was 5‑Dec‑1988.
Dardanelles A passage of water that the QE2 transited many times but not normally recorded in the log. Not a port of call.
Grand Cayman The only entry for this port in the log on 12-Jan-2007 was an abandoned call and therefore not counted.
Panama Canal The maiden call is the first full Panama Canal Transit on 25-Mar-1975.

Aborted Calls

Occasionally scheduled ports of call have to be cancelled. This is typically due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather conditions. Aborted calls are not always included in the log and typically only do so when the port is cancelled at very short notice. Where log entries are included they take two forms:

  1. The log entry records the port as "At sea" and a comment contains further details and the name of the missed port. These entries do not have passage data, which is included in the next counted call as with all other sea days.
    Example: Alghero, 17-May-2007
  2. The log entry records the aborted port and passage data.
    Example: Grand Cayman, 12-Jan-2007
Aborted calls are not normally counted in port of call totals (see Counted Calls).

Reports and Statistics

Voyage abstracts are restricted to one month. For best results select dates that start and end with a port of call.


Annual itineraries provide a quick and easy way to determine the location of the QE2 during any calendar year. For more detail and information on events refer to the abstracts and yearly reports.

Transatlantic Crossings

A Transatlantic Crossing is defined as a traditional North Atlantic passage direct from a port on mainland Europe (including Ireland) to a port in the USA or Canada (including Newfoundland), or vice versa.
Occasionally the QE2 crossed via more southerly routes such as to the Caribbean or via islands like Tenerife. Such cruising voyages are not included in the totals.