After the new Queen Elizabeth docked in Los Angeles for the first time on January 29, 2011 a special reception was held on board the new Cunarder. Everette Hoard, my dear friend who let me wear Commodore Geoffrey Marr's uniform, presented Captain Julian Burgess with a special plaque on behalf of the Steamship Historical Society of America. His speech was eloquently moving by all accounts, and was a splendid example of the bond that exists between ships and the people who truly love them.
Front row: Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn; Captain Julian Burgess; British Consul-General Dame Babara Hay
Back row: Dr. Scott Gray, San Pedro CVB; Christopher Chase, Port of Los Angeles; James Callahan, Metro Ports; Everette Hoard, Steamship Historical Society