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Offline Bob C.

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #40 on: May 09, 2011, 11:26 PM »
Anyone know the purpose of the flare on the bow?  I just noticed thIs not to long ago.
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Offline Alistair

Re: QE2 launch
« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2011, 12:17 AM »
Yes. I remember that event. They were firing lines out to the attending tugs to tow her into the fitting out basin.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #42 on: May 10, 2011, 08:04 AM »
Regarding the picture of the launch of the QE2-- it brings back happy memories for me.I had been married for 18 months and my wife Margaret had presented me with our son not long before the QE2 was launched.We decided to go and see the new liner and carried our new baby over the stubble field just across the river from John Brown's.To see the picture of the QE2 brought back happy memories of the day. We also returned to Greenock later on when the QE2 was in the dry dock, and could hardly believe the size of it. I have a number of pictures and slides of the QE2 taken at the field across from John Brown's and also taken in Greenock, and if i can find them i will put them on a future post for you all to see.
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #43 on: May 10, 2011, 05:17 PM »
What a beautiful memory, bobso!

I always love to hear of times when QE2 was an important part of a special day, a special occasion, a special meeting and wonderful memories. Just shows what a very special ship she was and is. Not just an object of beauty, of technical perfection, of robust construction and long life, but also an object that got entwined with people's lives and fates, sometimes even making things happen that might not otherwise have done so.

What a lovely thought that the two of you wanted your young baby to see this very special ship!

Looking forward to seeing your photographs when you find them.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #44 on: May 10, 2011, 09:13 PM »
Further to my earlier post regarding the slides/pictures of the QE2 just after launch and in the dry dock at Greenock. I have found the first lot of slides showing the QE2 after the launch at John Brown's taken from the stubble field just across the water. I will have to see if i can make pictures from the slides then i will post them for you to see.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2011, 08:39 PM »
bobso,
I have often wondered what it would have been like to watch the launch of one of the Queens, from the cornfields you talk about. The scale of these wonderous beauties would have been a sight to behold.
It is of interest to me as a horticulturist that 3 oak trees stand in a close line next to these fields to this very day, and they were there when Queen Mary, was launched all those years ago. It just goes to show the longevity of mother nature and the eventual frailness of man and his great creations.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #46 on: May 15, 2011, 05:26 PM »
The field across the way from Browns has not changed at all in 200 years... and in that time a great shipyard grew up, changed the world, and then closed down and disappeared completely... i feel this when visiting the place.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2011, 05:34 PM »
The pictures and video's of the launch of the QE2 brought back many happy memories. The first picture showing the stubble field--that is where we carried our new son to see the QE2. Fantastic to see all these again. Thank you so much for posting them
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2011, 08:10 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
Yes I think they are Bucanneers Smk2 which flew out of Scotland's RN (now RAF) Lossiemouth at exactly the time of the QE2 launch.  And yes the Red Arrows then flew the Gnat It was then the RAF's fast jet advanced trainer (from RAF Valley) and it was a nasty little thing to fly for inexperienced pilots who had done basic training on the gentle Jet Provost..  I did 120 hours advanced training on the Gnat, some rather scary indeed.  Incidentally the formation in the pic is just 13 Bucs, instead of the usual squadron of 16. Must have had some down for servicing. 

As for the tapestry, it was savagely hacked and badly damaged down in 2008 (?) by an angry demented crew member.  Don't think it got replaced.  He was put into the brig and dismissed.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2011, 11:22 PM »
Yes I think they are Bucanneers Smk2 which flew out of Scotland's RN (now RAF) Lossiemouth at exactly the time of the QE2 launch.  And yes the Red Arrows then flew the Gnat It was then the RAF's fast jet advanced trainer (from RAF Valley) and it was a nasty little thing to fly for inexperienced pilots who had done basic training on the gentle Jet Provost..  I did 120 hours advanced training on the Gnat, some rather scary indeed.  Incidentally the formation in the pic is just 13 Bucs, instead of the usual squadron of 16. Must have had some down for servicing. 

As for the tapestry, it was savagely hacked and badly damaged down in 2008 (?) by an angry demented crew member.  Don't think it got replaced.  He was put into the brig and dismissed.


' ...Bucanneers Smk2 which flew out of Scotland's RN (now RAF) Lossiemouth at exactly the time of the QE2'
 
They were the Bucanneers.
A good friend was a Nav in the Fleet Air Arm,
stationed in Lossiemouth at the time, and remembers it well!

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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #50 on: May 16, 2011, 11:24 PM »
Although thre is no QE2SF watermark in the printed photo  ;)

Yes there is - I can see the watermark in both of the photos on the printed page Myles is holding.


And very importantly we can now see exactly where QE2's slipway was.
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Offline Fairfield

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #51 on: May 17, 2011, 09:13 AM »
Her name did not go on the stern till well into 1968. I took shots at the end of August and it still had to go on. I think it was on the bow much earlier.
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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #52 on: Oct 18, 2011, 05:53 PM »
A Question!
Does anyone know how long it took for the launch of QE2
It was interesting to read that the second Brittanic took just one minute!

Thank you!


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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Bob C.

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #53 on: Oct 18, 2011, 06:24 PM »
Rosie, when you ask how long it took, do you mean how long from breaking the champagne bottle to water entry or some other time span?
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Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #54 on: Oct 18, 2011, 07:00 PM »
Good Question, Bob
Have to say - I did think you might ask it, too!
You'll know more - as others will too
Flagship might even have it on record somewhere...

Don't you think the time would have to be / have been calculated from the very first sign of movement off the stocks,  until the tip of the bulbous bow is also submerged?
Otherwise and less technically, from the crash of the non-bubbly wine, I s'pose

Do you think there would have been someone on the ground to witness and time it?

Hope that all's well with you -
and hoping too, that your desk is less airborne than you might be!
Rosie
« Last Edit: Mar 17, 2014, 09:36 AM by Lynda Bradford »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline pete cain

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #55 on: Nov 04, 2011, 05:48 PM »
   I cannot believe this ( Commercial ) site hasn't been posted  previously ,  I' ve looked around the forum & cannot see it, however      I'm sure it's there somewhere.    Some lovely photos all for sale, but you can still look/see   & some narrative to accompany    http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/keyword/qe2/1/292818487_frkeQ#292818487_frkeQ

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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

Note:  see also reply 12
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Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #56 on: Nov 04, 2011, 09:33 PM »
Pete

The web site you have given us the link to has some amazing photos of QE2 launch.  I feel like I have been taken back to 1967 looking at these photos.  My friend Maureen was convinced that I was with her on the opposite banks of the Clyde to watch the launch which I was not but how I wish that I had been there.  It must have been amazing to watch her enter the water and to witness the displacement of water as this magnificent ship was launched. 

There is a link to this web site on reply 12 of this topic but with some slight amendments so I will keep your link as well.  Thanks Pete for posting
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Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #57 on: Nov 05, 2011, 12:26 AM »
   I cannot believe this ( Commercial ) site hasn't been posted  previously ,   I v'e looked around the forum & cannot see it, however      I'm sure it's there somewhere.     Lynda please feel free to shift as you see fit, some lovely photos all for sale, but you can still look/see   & some narrative to accompany    http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/keyword/qe2/1/292818487_frkeQ#292818487_frkeQ

What an absolutely fantastic find, Pete
Thanks so much.

It's interesting to see how high she was in the water including her rudder - and amazing too, to see the work of everything around her,
including the drag chains.
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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 launch photos
« Reply #58 on: Nov 05, 2011, 04:01 AM »
What a fantastic site you have found Pete. Some REALLY  good pictures there. Thanks for posting it
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Re: QE2 launch
« Reply #59 on: Dec 13, 2011, 11:16 AM »
  I cannot believe this ( Commercial ) site hasn't been posted  previously ,   I v'e looked around the forum & cannot see it, however      I'm sure it's there somewhere.     Lynda please feel free to shift as you see fit, some lovely photos all for sale, but you can still look/see   & some narrative to accompany    http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/keyword/qe2/1/292818487_frkeQ#292818487_frkeQ
Off topic now, but the final picture (artists impression) shows exactly how Dubai plan to use her  (the original plans).  There have been no announcements of substance to suggest they will change these plans.
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