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QE2 launch photos
« on: Apr 10, 2009, 09:08 PM »
Not sure if these have been seen before? QE2 launch colour photos

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Description:  Interesting photos of QE2 launch in 1967, her first trip down the Clyde to the Dry Dock in Greenock and her return to the Clyde in 1968
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #1 on: Apr 10, 2009, 10:17 PM »
Those are really great pictures
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #2 on: Apr 10, 2009, 10:50 PM »
Those pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #3 on: Apr 10, 2009, 11:16 PM »
Superb photos.

QE2 looks so modern, so sleek (to my eyes), the cars are a stark contrast!!
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10, 2009, 11:54 PM »
Yes the cars are great too! It's nice to see the flypast aswell. The flypast was replicated on the original 1967 Helena Barynina Hernmarck tapestry that hung on the E stairway
Does anyone know the squadron/aircraft type?-looks too many (and they are grey!) for the Red Arrows who I think flew Foland Gnats possibly then?They could be Blackburn Buccaneers (Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm?)

http://www.beyondships.com/images/1b_tapestries.jpg
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2009, 12:02 AM »
The original 1967 Helena Barynina Hernmarck tapestry that hung on the E stairway

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #6 on: Apr 11, 2009, 01:26 PM »
Does anyone know the squadron/aircraft type?-looks too many (and they are grey!) for the Red Arrows who I think flew Foland Gnats possibly then?They could be Blackburn Buccaneers (Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm?)

I believe the flypast was by aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron based at Lossiemouth Kev.  Difficult to id the aircraft type from the photo but they could be Buccanneers as you suggest or Scimitars possibly.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #7 on: Apr 11, 2009, 09:53 PM »
Thanks Andy-I reckon Buccaneers the more I look at the photo. This by coincidence would create a further link with QE2 as both served in the Falklands!(Buccaneers used for laser guidance I believe)
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #8 on: Apr 12, 2009, 10:06 AM »
Excellent photos - thanks for posting
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Re: QE2 launch
« Reply #9 on: Apr 12, 2009, 08:11 PM »
Thanks Andy-I reckon Buccaneers the more I look at the photo. This by coincidence would create a further link with QE2 as both served in the Falklands!(Buccaneers used for laser guidance I believe)

Having taken another look, I would tend to agree with you Kev.


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Re: QE2 launch
« Reply #10 on: Apr 12, 2009, 11:30 PM »
Cheers Andy!
736 Squadron-how appropriate for Hull number 736 !   Wonder if that was deliberate?

http://www.faaba.co.uk/FAABA/736.htm

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2009, 09:00 AM »
How on earth do you find all these photographs? I'm sure that there are a lot out there but having the patience to search for them would be way beyond me. Thank you for finding them :)
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #12 on: Jun 04, 2009, 10:15 PM »
Some more historic launch photos.

http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/gallery/3620601_j9Agk#P-1-15

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Description: Photos taken by the late Mr William Davies that have been placed on the Smugmug web site by Stuart Cameron.  Some of the return visit pictures are by Tom Dunlop. Photos of QE2 Launch QE2 at Inchgreen. QE2's subsequent return to the Clyde 1990, 2007, 2008.  Hover curser over the photo for more details
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #13 on: Jun 05, 2009, 08:33 AM »
Great find :)

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #14 on: Jun 05, 2009, 12:31 PM »
Some more historic launch photos.

http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/gallery/3620601_j9Agk#P-1-15


Lovely pictures :)

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #15 on: Jun 05, 2009, 12:36 PM »
The comments with the pictures are well worth reading as well :)

I'd never heard that the thin black bands round the funnel "represent the pitch seals between the rivetted plates of his original steamers". Is that correct?
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #16 on: Jun 05, 2009, 01:51 PM »
Superb pictures, Robert.
Thank you.

Your 'Sherlock Holmes' method is working wonders!
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #17 on: Jun 19, 2009, 02:06 AM »
Superb find Robert!

I love how they have included the shots of QE2 in 2008 - she really appears to have "grown up" when you compare her from 1969 to 2008 - the extra decks and fatter funnel make her appear more matured, interesting comparison!
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #19 on: Aug 13, 2009, 04:48 PM »
Oh my goodness.. those are so fantastic.. What a great perspective.  Seeing the ship slide down the ways.. Just glorious.!!! Thanks for sharing.. ;-)
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #20 on: Sep 20, 2009, 09:10 PM »
As this is the anniversary of her launch, a scan of the cover for the Daily Express 20th and 21st September issues in 1967.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 21, 2009, 09:55 PM »
She was build with love and loved by everyone from the begining.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #22 on: Sep 21, 2009, 10:15 PM »
Seeing these wonderful pictures of her just makes you think what ever happened to our ship building industry and what a shame no British ship yard won the contract to build QM2. I think Harland and Wolf were offered the contract but lost out.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #23 on: Sep 22, 2009, 07:43 AM »
If I remember rightly Swan Hunter/ Vickers, Harland and Wolff, Fairfield, and John Brown all tendered. Fairfield pulled out because it would have meant lengthening their biggest berth and they could not take the risk of going to that expense and not getting the contract.
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The ultimate launch photo
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2010, 08:27 PM »
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Re: The ultimate launch photo
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2010, 11:37 PM »
Was this the photo that was also on display in one of the stairways.  I can't believe I can't remember which one it was.  ???
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Re: The ultimate launch photo
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2010, 11:42 PM »
Yes it was - Boat Deck G Stairway.

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Re: The ultimate launch photo
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2010, 10:36 AM »
Thanks Michael, brings back memories of the G Stairway!

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« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2010, 03:19 PM »
Great illustration of the tight quarters in which QE2 was launched.  Not a lot of room for error which just goes to highlight the expert craftsmanship and professionalism of Clydebank shipbuilding.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #29 on: Sep 02, 2010, 10:20 AM »
Some pics taken on launch day by a member of the forward morring team. Copyright remains with the holder J G McLennan although he was not the photographer.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #30 on: Sep 02, 2010, 10:21 AM »
Final one taken as the vessel was manouvered into the fitting out basin.

Hope these havent appeared before.  :)

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #31 on: Sep 04, 2010, 05:25 PM »
Absolutely AWESOME photos!  Boy did they have the ride of their lives!!

Also nice to see the royal box from this angle simply to see more of what it was like!  It gives a much better idea.

What a difference 43 years makes...
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #32 on: Sep 04, 2010, 05:46 PM »
Final one taken as the vessel was manouvered into the fitting out basin.


I totally agree that these are excellent and give another view of the scene on launch day.

And here we see, on the right of the pic, the famous notch in the fitting out basin, ready to receive QE2.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #33 on: Sep 04, 2010, 11:05 PM »
Absolutely AWESOME photos!  Boy did they have the ride of their lives!!

Also nice to see the royal box from this angle simply to see more of what it was like!  It gives a much better idea.

What a difference 43 years makes...

If you want to see some rarely seen footage of the launch and launch day preps, check out the newsreels on this post:  British Pathe newsreel 44917 and 44918
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« Reply #34 on: Sep 07, 2010, 06:36 PM »
What fab pics....thanks for posting the link!!
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #35 on: Sep 07, 2010, 06:44 PM »
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These are superb - Thanks to you and specially too, to your colleague, Mr Cameron
Does he know about the Forum?
It would be interesting to hear of his thoughts as he took the photographs.

These seem to be incredibly poignant - somehow she looks quite vulnerable
All those cranes and the tugs waiting....
I wonder when her name was painted on her stern - maybe they had to do that quite some time after her launch
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #36 on: Sep 07, 2010, 08:22 PM »
Gav
 What an amazing range of photos and such unusual views
 Thanks for sharing them, wonder how the men felt going down theslipway..
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« Reply #37 on: Sep 07, 2010, 08:41 PM »
What a fantastic collection of photo's!!!
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #38 on: Sep 08, 2010, 08:25 AM »
Hi Gav
These are superb - Thanks to you and specially too, to your colleague, Mr Cameron
Does he know about the Forum?
It would be interesting to hear of his thoughts as he took the photographs.

These seem to be incredibly poignant - somehow she looks quite vulnerable
All those cranes and the tugs waiting....
I wonder when her name was painted on her stern - maybe they had to do that quite some time after her launch
Rosie

Hi Rosie,

Stuart is a member of the forum but has only posted once to date. Hopefully he will have time in the future as I know work keeps him busy these days!!  :-\

Gav
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #39 on: Sep 08, 2010, 08:40 AM »
Thanks folks,

Some shots were taken by Stuart the others by a Mr William Davies. I especially like the shots of ps Caledonia turning with all those people on board! I only wish our river was that busy now.

Gav :'(
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