She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.
Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.
With Christmas approaching, many have already arranged their christmas dinner and food for the festive period. Despite the need to stay within small households budgets throughout the year, Christmas is a time where many across our region decide to splash out on food for the big day.
The Queen Mother launched HMS Ark Royal when she was built in the Swan Hunters Shipyard, Wallsend in 1981. She maintained a close relationship with the ship and its crew, serving as the company's patron until her death in 2002.
In November 2001 at the age of 101 she joined the twelve hundred crew members and their families to rededicate the ship after a major refit.
Nine years later her daughter the Queen would also visit Portsmouth to say goodbye to the ship before it was decommissioned