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QE2 in Liner Row, New York, 2 July 1977
« on: Jan 10, 2011, 12:34 AM »
I was in a charity shop at the weekend and picked up a great wee booklet for 60p.

"America's Favourite Boat Ride" - Circle Line Cruise Guide.

It shows photos of New York from the Hudson and I think its very early 70s, because in some photos the World Trade Centre is incomplete.

Anyway, it has a marvellous photo of "Liner Row" including the QE2, which is why I bought it.  Photo attached.

1 - Statendam
2 - QE2
3 - Doric
4 - Oceanic
5 - Rotterdam
6 - Kazakhstan
7 - Princess
« Last Edit: Jul 03, 2018, 06:58 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2011, 02:23 AM »
Excellent!

The date was 2 July, 1977...

Oh, and that's the Cunard Princess berthed next to the Kazakhstan ;)

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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2011, 04:17 AM »
Looks like you can get a 2nd hand copy from Amazon price £3.47

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2011, 07:43 AM »
On 30 June 1977 the mid-town reaches of the Hudson River were bustling with liners, tug boats, harbour launches and a sailing flotilla of more than 50 schooners, barquentines, brigantines, sloops and naval yawls – all assembled for the New York Harbour festival 1977.

Berthed at the Passenger Ship Terminals were Cunard’s QE2 and Cunard Princess, Holland America Line’s Rotterdam and Statendam, Home Lines Oceanic and Doric and the Russian Kazakhstan. All ships were taking part in ‘Operation Liner’, a follow up of sorts to New York’s hugely successful ‘Operation Sail’, staged the year before on 4 July for the American Bicentennial.

Mayor Beame hosted a reception to mark the event and later that Saturday afternoon QE2’s six companions set out in procession downriver in a nostalgic pageant that marked the opening of the Festival. Together all vessels would be carrying a total of 11,000 passengers.

QE2 sailed afterwards, dressed with flags – the first and only time she has ever been ‘dressed overall’.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=8527.0

On 2 July the end of the Festival was marked when a parade consisting of Rotterdam, Oceanic, Doric and Kazakhstan returned to New York.
« Last Edit: Jul 03, 2018, 07:10 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2011, 02:41 PM »
I believe I was there!!!  I remember it was mid-summer 1977 and I am not quite sure of the exact date but if this array of liners was never assembled again that summer then this was it.

I have photos of the event and of all the ships  listed and am looking at the berthing assignments and comparing them to my photos now but I am pretty sure this was the date.  If so, this was also the end of the voyage that began with the Queen's Siver Jubilee International Fleet Review in the Solent five days earlier.

This was my favorite maritime arrival in New York of the 5 I've had (4 on QE2, 1 on USS Forrestal (CV-59)).  The number and variety of ships arriving that morning in 1977 was amazing; however,  there wasn't much hoopla at sea that I remember.  My favorite part though was that my dad and I were standing on the Boat Deck, port side after having just moored.  The rooftop parking lot on the pier was (and I believe still  is) only a few meeters away.  My grandparents drove up from our home in Baltimore, Maryland that morning to pick us up in NY and we saw them arrive.  It was very strange but exciting to see your humble family car appear and park literally 10m away while you are standing on one of the biggest (and greatest) ships of all time.   My grandfather had served on a destroyer escort in WWII and was very interested in the operations of loading and unloading the ship.  We had a hard time dragging him away from the pier...  All in all, a perfect ending to the vacation!

I'll work on posting the pictures I have of this day on Flickr and post a link once uploaded.
« Last Edit: Jan 14, 2011, 04:17 PM by Bob C. »

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2011, 04:34 PM »
Bob,

That's a great story!  I look forward to your pictures.

-Scott

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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2011, 09:37 PM »
I popped home over lunch and put the photos together.  They can be found here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/33120597@N03/sets/72157624098080404/

I wish I had more but this should give you a better idea of how the day (and that crossing) unfolded.

Enjoy

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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2011, 10:40 PM »
Micheal and Bob,

Between you, you have both brought my little 60p booklet to life in a very vivid manner with your facts and photos.

Absolutely amazing.  And you've restored my faith in the power of this forum!

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10, 2011, 10:58 PM »
Brilliant photos Bob and great to see the one and only time (to my knowledge) QE2 dressed overall. Thank you!

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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #9 on: Jan 10, 2011, 11:08 PM »
Is there any particular reason WHY this was the only time she was dressed overall?
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 11, 2011, 04:56 AM »
What amazing photo's. Those really were the last great days of the liners and the Royal Navy for that matter, excellent pic's.

Offline Scott Ebersold

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 11, 2011, 05:18 AM »
Rob, Michael and Bob.

Excellent!

What a great QE2 Story story - Rob posts a picture he finds randomly, Bob realizes he was THERE THAT DAY and post wonderful pics and Michael gives us all the details behind what was going on!

Bravo, gents!

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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #12 on: Jan 11, 2011, 09:10 AM »
Thanks Scott!

Rob: I don't think it was possible to dress her overall properly (ie from bow up to mast, from mast to funnel and then funnel to One Deck) as her design didn't allow it. While Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth can be (and have been while in the shipyard) the tradition not to seems to have stuck which I'm grateful for. It's a purely personal opinion but I think dressing ships overall is naff and I'd like to think that a Queen does not need to be dressed overall. I'd also do away with the Baked Alaska Parade - I know I've now said enough!! ;)

Offline Janice Naylor

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 11, 2011, 05:48 PM »
Great to read this story as it evolved.  Bob - your photos are wonderful ... I was on the QE2 less than a year after your photos were taken, the surroundings look so familiar and she's just as I remember her.

Janice
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2011, 04:21 PM »
While Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth can be (and have been while in the shipyard) the tradition not to seems to have stuck which I'm grateful for. It's a purely personal opinion but I think dressing ships overall is naff and I'd like to think that a Queen does not need to be dressed overall. I'd also do away with the Baked Alaska Parade - I know I've now said enough!! ;)

Dressing Queens and baked Alaska parade - I agree 100%!  These have Carnival written all over them.

Offline peter ward

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« Reply #15 on: Feb 16, 2011, 01:35 PM »
WOW, great pics rob, I remember that day well as I had to stay on board and serve lunch to the U.S customs officials...haven't seen a picture of the doric or the dutch ships for years , we used to pass them all the time when cruising the carribean. also the fwd hatch, when we were cruising in the carribean they used to put a swimming pool in the hatch for the crew ! peter
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 16, 2011, 02:36 PM »
...also the fwd hatch, when we were cruising in the carribean they used to put a swimming pool in the hatch for the crew ! peter

Interesting!  How was this done?

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 17, 2011, 01:06 PM »
they had a heavy duty plastic moulded pool that fitted over and into the hatch.
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Re: QE2 in Liner Row, New York
« Reply #18 on: Feb 17, 2011, 02:58 PM »
How big was this pool, and how was it secured into place?  By the weight of the water?


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« Reply #19 on: Feb 17, 2011, 04:50 PM »
sorry , can't remember how it was secured ,it was the size of the hatch itself. it was lowered in by the fwd cranes and emptied the same way ...just remember cooling off in it after a bit of sunbathing on the bow ..
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