Captain of the Queens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain of the Queens- The Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 
 
The Queen Victoria and her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth, both with twin Azipods, are relatively simple to control. 
Instead of mounting her propellers on fixed shafts, they are placed on pods beneath the ship and driven by electric motors within the pods. Instead of changing the pitch of the propellers as in the QE2, the speed and direction of rotation is changed.  
The pods are rotating or azimuthing to both drive and steer the ship and make rudders and stern thrusters unnecessary. In the Sea Mode steering mode, used in the open sea, the pods rotate 35 degrees to either side. In Azipod mode used for maneuvering, espeically to come up to the dock, the pods can rotate 360 degrees. She gains both maneuverability and speed with great efficiency. 
 
 
  Each pod needs its own thrust control (upper left) and angle control. The angle of the steering pods, pictured in the center, are rotated slightly counterclockwise from forward-facing. Since this drives water both aft and to the starboard side, it will swing the stern to port and steer the ship to starboard. THIS takes some getting used to! 
    To complete her maneuvering package, she boasts powerful bow thrusters that are inactive here. Like all bow thrusters, they can be used only at very slow speeds.