The Cruise Liner Aurora
On her maiden visit to the Solent and standing watch over the start of the 'Around The World Tall Ship Race'.   East Cowes esplanade is recognized as having one of the best advantage points you'll find anywhere around our Island for seeing events like this at close range.  Many of the famous ships of the past have all passed within just a just a few hundreds yards off our shore.  Liners like the Titanic - United States - S.S.France - Queen Elizabeth - Queen Mary - QE2 - Oriana - and not forgetting the Canberra, well remembered for it's part in the Falkland Crisis.