The Seawise University cruise liner, formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, sails across Victoria Harbour, before sinking suddenly in 1972. Photo: SCMP Archive
The Seawise University cruise liner, formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, sails across Victoria Harbour, before sinking suddenly in 1972. Photo: SCMP Archive

Old Hong Kong’s 50-year-old shipwreck: how the world’s largest boat, Britain’s RMS Queen Elizabeth, sank on the seabed of Victoria Harbour – and it’s still there!

  • Launched in 1938, Winston Churchill credits RMS Queen Elizabeth with shortening WW2 by a year after it was used to transport around a million troops
  • She docked in Hong Kong 50 years ago after being bought by a Chinese shipping magnate to create a floating Seawise University – before a mystery fire struck

The Seawise University cruise liner, formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, sails across Victoria Harbour, before sinking suddenly in 1972. Photo: SCMP Archive
The Seawise University cruise liner, formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, sails across Victoria Harbour, before sinking suddenly in 1972. Photo: SCMP Archive
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