IT can take a while to get things moving. This is the world-famous Queen Elizabeth 2, known by everyone simply as QE2, sailing past Dumbarton Rock in November 1968, when she left the fitting out basin at John Brown’s shipyard at Clydebank en route to the dry-dock at Greenock for some final work.

She had actually been launched a year earlier by the Queen but there was a lot more work to be done after that before she sailed.

The Herald’s great writer Willie Hunter observed: “Six minutes after she left, a squadron of seagulls was on station rounding the stern with perfect timing as if they had been assigned to her.”

Prince Charles was on board for the short voyage and The Herald recorded that, although he had breakfast on the QE2, he declined the porridge and had sausage, bacon and egg instead. I really dislike that celebrity reporting in the sixties. Thank goodness it never caught on.

Some 50,000 sightseers turned up to see her guided down the Clyde by tugs, and Dumbarton Rock was regarded as the best vantage point with schoolchildren taken there to see the great ship.

The QE2 was operated by Cunard until 2008, and is now docked in Dubai.