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Death of a Queen (clip)

The story behind the sinking of an ocean liner

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The life of the passenger liner "Queen Elizabeth" from being built on the Clyde in 1938 to ending her days on fire in Hong Kong harbour in 1972. In this introductory clip we see aerial shots of the ship, learn something of her history and are the mysterious fire that caused her destruction.

Questions & Activities


  • Which Queen was this ship named after?
  • Who might want to sabotage this beautiful ship and who might benefit from a fire like this?
  • Why do you think people felt emotional about the 'death' of this ship?
  • What facts and figures does the film give about the ship?
  • What are 'sea trials'?


English: What do you think caused the fires on the ship? Write a fictional account about what you think happened?

Science: Find the combined weight of everyone in your class, how many times heavier was the Queen Elizabeth?

English: Plan and design a new school on a cruise ship!

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-385-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T0419
Date 1971
Genre Documentary, Tv Doc
School Subject English, Geography
Who Russell Galbraith (director), Scottish Television (production company)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:14
Film Length 52:47