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When Queen Elizabeth 2 sails out of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16, she will be leaving America for good. By the end of the year, she will retire forever. In April, I took the same QE2 trip that this week’s passengers will take: a six-day transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. Here are some snapshots from that trip. --Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times staff writer Pictured: The sleek QE2, tied up at the Manhattan cruise terminal. Not a mere cruise ship, she’s an ocean liner designed to withstand the rigors of the North Atlantic, which she has crossed more than 800 times since entering service in 1969. Jane Engle / Los Angeles Times