Our journey through Ye Olde New Yorke continues - from the air! This image, quite obviously taken from a shiny prop plane, is of the departure of the famed cruise ship RMS Queen Elizabeth. The really cool thing about this photo is the scale. You can get a good sense of just how huge this ship was when compared to not only the other boats around it, but even the buildings on the shoreline. Incidentally, the ship held the record as the largest passenger liner ever built for 56 years. Launched in 1938, the Queen Elizabeth was originally designed for use as a cruise liner but owing to World War II, she was instead fitted as a troop transport. She avoided destruction at the hands of the Luftwaffe by bypassing Southampton on her maiden voyage and instead sailing directly to New York.