This is the ship mentioned in chapter 9. It was built at John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank, near Glasgow. Building was started in mid 1930 and the ship was launched in September 1938. It was named after Elizabeth, Queen Consort to King George VI. The ship was originally intended as a luxury ocean liner for passengers travelling from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg, France. However, the proposed maiden voyage due for April 1940 was suspended in August 1939 due to the threat of war. It was intended to move the ship from Clydebank for security reasons. The RMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned by the Royal Navy as a troop ship. The Cunard colours were repainted battleship grey.