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On Friday last week (Jan 28th) Jim Callus was on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  He was surprised to see in the far distance that the QE2 was being manoevred by 3 tugs.  See the attached 3 photos.
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #1 on: Jan 30, 2011, 08:01 PM »
One more photo from Jim of the same scene, this time with no zoom.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #2 on: Jan 30, 2011, 09:36 PM »
Thanks Rob...looking at the funnel...is it me or is there a greater than normal amount of smoke there?  I was wondering if they had more than the usual single engine running and therefore whether any of the ships own power was being used during this manoeuvre...would be great to think it was!

Oh, and any clues as to why they are moving her?

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #3 on: Jan 30, 2011, 10:57 PM »
Bit of a pattern developing here isn't there... this is the second time she's been moved very soon after lots of pictures taken close up to her have been published isn't it?
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30, 2011, 11:20 PM »
Bit of a pattern developing here isn't there... this is the second time she's been moved very soon after lots of pictures taken close up to her have been published isn't it?
It costs a lot of money and planning to move her even a few metres so I'm sure its only done for a very good reason indeed.

I honestly don't think they have anything to hide.
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #5 on: Jan 31, 2011, 05:11 AM »
Many thanks to Jim for supplying the photo's.
Any one know where in Port Rashid she was moved to? Seems strange that the early morning of the 28th was the last time I managed to capture a decent web cam image of her. Sadly this is how the image looks at the moment.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #6 on: Jan 31, 2011, 06:27 PM »
I'm back in Dubai round about the 10th of Feb for a few days so I will go see if she has wandered off anywhere  :)

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #7 on: Jan 31, 2011, 06:34 PM »
I am intrigued ... when I googled "why was QE2 moved" I was sent to the QE2Story forum and Rob's post about the January 28th move.  Looking forward to finding out where she is and why she was moved.   Janice
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #8 on: Jan 31, 2011, 07:18 PM »
Does anyone know what the other cruise ship is in the first picture in this thread?

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #9 on: Jan 31, 2011, 07:30 PM »
It is the Saga Ruby

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #10 on: Feb 01, 2011, 12:10 AM »
Alistair, Jem - from the two "images" threads we have located her; she's back exactly where she was a couple of days ago...
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #11 on: Feb 01, 2011, 03:07 AM »
Thank you Peter.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #12 on: Feb 01, 2011, 08:00 AM »
A failed bid for freedom!  Thanks for the update Peter.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #13 on: Feb 01, 2011, 06:25 PM »
Hi all,

I don`t know, how serious this source is, but I think it`s nice to read  :)

From www.ssmaritime.com
News Update – January 29, 2010: QE2 broke her Moorings today during a storm!

To read the story - click here - http://www.savetheclassicliners.com/#_SS_United_States

Greetings from Germany

JANUS
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #14 on: Feb 01, 2011, 06:43 PM »
If it is true then that explains those photos taken above, so it had nothing to do with drill.Lucky nothing happened.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #15 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:18 PM »
So does that mean in 7 years time we can go cruising again ;D

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #16 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:20 PM »
It would also explain why the Rashid webcam was obscured by sand!

The bit about writing her off if she was damaged doesn't make sense to me.  Thats why she's got very expensive Lloyds insurance and a crew on board etc etc.  she's being carefully looked after.
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #17 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:40 PM »
It would also explain why the Rashid webcam was obscured by sand!

The bit about writing her off if she was damaged doesn't make sense to me.  Thats why she's got very expensive Lloyds insurance and a crew on board etc etc.  she's being carefully looked after.

Hmm!  "Broke her moorings???"  "Insurance???"  " Natkiel in debt????"

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #18 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:41 PM »
Am I a cynic or just a grumpy old man?

You can be both if you want!  ::)
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #19 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:58 PM »
I am Rob and proud of it.  I trust you are too!!!


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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #20 on: Feb 01, 2011, 09:28 PM »
Hi all,

I don`t know, how serious this source is, but I think it`s nice to read  :)

From www.ssmaritime.com
News Update – January 29, 2010: QE2 broke her Moorings today during a storm!

To read the story - click here - http://www.savetheclassicliners.com/#_SS_United_States

Greetings from Germany

JANUS


I can vouch for this phenomenon.  I've seen the shamals (wind/sand storm) over there first hand and they can be quite fierce.  I've also seen some pretty big mooring lines including spring lay (wire rope) part with this sort of force.  Trust me, her lines must have been literally smoking as the winds streched them taught and possible to the breaking poing.

Not to worry though, a simple remooring and remaking the lines, as was done, is all it takes to snug her back up.  It doesn't look like she damaged; however, I wonder if QE2 is using this experience to figure out a way to sneak out of Dubai under the cover of the next storm... 

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #21 on: Feb 01, 2011, 09:43 PM »
Can we ask Jim Callus if he remembers a sand storm that day he took the photos?

Looks clear in the photos so the storm has gone at that point.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #22 on: Feb 01, 2011, 11:41 PM »
I take it all those thick blue hoses in her hatches are shore based air conditioning units?
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #23 on: Feb 02, 2011, 07:50 AM »
I take it all those thick blue hoses in her hatches are shore based air conditioning units?
yes. I think this is quite an old photo though, maybe summer 2009.
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #24 on: Feb 02, 2011, 10:04 AM »
Reading the article again it seems to say that two engines, rather than one, are running at any one time.

At least that's my interpretation of it; I trust all nine are still being used in rotation rather than the other interpretation of the article being the same two in turn one at a time?
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #25 on: Feb 02, 2011, 10:31 AM »
Can we ask Jim Callus if he remembers a sand storm that day he took the photos?

Looks clear in the photos so the storm has gone at that point.

See below email received from Jim where he has asked that we post his response.

Rob, I can read the forum but not answer.  If I can ask you to forward some feedback.
 
There was a remark about the amount of smoke from the funnel.  I don't think it was any different from Monday 24th when we arrived on the Brilliance of the Seas (definitely NOT the QE2...).  See attached pic.
 
The last forum posting asked about a storm in Dubai last week.  No.  We were out and about all day Thursday and Friday.  Was rather calm weather.  On Friday the outside deck on Burj Khalifa 124th floor was open, which they don't do if it's at all windy.
 
Sorry I can't shed more light.
 
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #26 on: Feb 02, 2011, 04:55 PM »
According to this online report <http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expat/annabelkantaria/10141523/a-sandstorm-in-dubai/> and at least one other I found online just now, there was, indeed, a sudden sandstorm in Dubai on January 28. (the Telegraph blogger calls it "vicious.")
 
My one and only experience with a sudden sandstorm was in Morocco, in 1989; that one boiled up and hit exactly like a powerful thunderstorm, with sudden, blinding, wind-whipped sand. The windshield of the bus I was riding in at the time (on a highway in a flat, open area) imploded, sending pulverized glass and sand into the bus. I can well believe such a storm could tear QE2 from her moorings.

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #27 on: Feb 02, 2011, 10:58 PM »
In Jim's latest photo, it looks clear to me that she has 2 engines running, at least.
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #28 on: Feb 02, 2011, 11:08 PM »
It's such a clear picture I wonder if Skilly could actually tell us which two engines, from the position of where the exhaust streams are exiting the funnel?  If anyone knows which engine leads to which vent, it'll be him... :)
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #29 on: Feb 03, 2011, 03:14 AM »
On Friday last week (Jan 28th) Jim Callus was on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  He was surprised to see in the far distance that the QE2 was being manoevred by 3 tugs.  See the attached 3 photos.

So nice that QE2 was 'moving' on my birthday!

Interesting to read the article here regarding possible cause: http://www.ssmaritime.com/

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #30 on: Feb 03, 2011, 03:20 AM »
It just strikes me as so wrong that the legendary QE2 is stuck in Dubai as her once fleetmate Vistafjord / Caronia / Saga Ruby is free to sail away...

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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #31 on: Feb 03, 2011, 03:52 PM »
It was nothing to do with the sandstorm that the QE2 broke her moorings. She was so touched by my visit to her the previous weekend that she decided to make a bid for freedom and head back to Clydebank.  ;D


I would type more but the restraints on my straightjacket are a bit tight!

Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #32 on: Feb 04, 2011, 10:54 AM »
Captain Greybeard's blog has mentioned the QE2 breaking her moorings and the QE2 Story forum discussing this news.

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/captain-greybeard/2011/02/is-the-qe2-pining-for-home.html
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Re: QE2 being moved within Port Rashid, Friday 28th January
« Reply #33 on: Feb 04, 2011, 01:02 PM »
Good to see QE2 making her own headlines!!

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Good Day all,
Please see a few pictures of the QE2 taken as she lost her breast lines and stern lines during the Shamal. The winds gusted to over 80 knots (apparently). She swang on her head ropes and you can see that she was sitting with her bulbous bow touching the dock wall. Tugs came to attendance and she was secure again within an hour. No damage reported.

I have a few more photos of her in Dubai (I am an Ex Merch Engineer working here in marine repair industry) if anyone would like them posted.

Best Regards - Andy

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Those are some seriously dramatic photos!  I can't get over that bulbous bow shot...  It reminds me of when I was a kid and my dad's little row boat got loose! But, she's soooo much bigger and that makes it all the more scary.


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On the 3rd photo for sure the bulbous bow "kissed" the pier

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Amazing photos. Despite the nature of the shots, I can't help simply thinking how superb she looks, especially in that second shot.
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Offline Lynda Bradford

Andy, thanks for posting these fabulous photos which illustrate what happened. You certainly were in the right place at the right time. 

I would love to see more of your photos of QE2 in Dubai.
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Andy, it's very obvious where you were at time so I cannot help wondering whether it was you who was the first to raise the alarm that day?
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