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ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« on: Aug 14, 2009, 02:00 PM »
Robin Woodall, and his son Richard who is a forum member, have kindly agreed to allow us to compile a list of questions, which Captain Woodall will answer for us.

So, please get your thinking caps on, and post your best question or questions on this topic.  What have you always wanted to ask the captain, but been afraid to ask?  You can also contact me directly with your question for inclusion if you'd rather not post it publically here.  

THEN - at the end, I will compile and edit them down to a list that Richard can present to Robin for answers.

CLOSING DATE FOR QUESTIONS IS SUNDAY 23rd AUGUST
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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #1 on: Aug 14, 2009, 09:18 PM »
Excellent idea! And my thanks to the Captain for his willingness to consider questions.

My question : I noticed that QE2 (and the newer Cunard ships) usually visit the same ports again and again. There are parts of the world where QE2 never landed (as far as I know), such as Greenland, the Faroes, any West African countries, much of the West coast of Latin America, etc. Why did she not vary her routes a bit more?

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2009, 05:23 AM »
My question: Were you ever allowed to fully open her engines? Is so, what speed did she achieve?

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2009, 07:37 PM »
Here's my question: If you could have changed on thing in the design of QE2 what would it be and why ?

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #4 on: Aug 16, 2009, 04:10 PM »
My question... I think....

Although the diesel-electric powerplant made her more powerful, efficient and flexible, did it perhaps make the ship less "interesting"?  I think this is how my father saw it.  After all, you wouldn't put a modern engine in classic car to make it more reliable...
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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #5 on: Aug 16, 2009, 04:23 PM »
I also think it would be nice if we could think of some questions specifically relating to Captain Woodall's time on board... anyone?
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« Reply #6 on: Aug 16, 2009, 05:13 PM »



A question for Captain Woodhall.

Please would it be possible for you to say something about the time / event that you found the most challenging during your time as Master of QE2?
And whilst on the subject of being challenged (!)
It would be really interesting to know what you would like to happen to QE2 in the future.

With many thanks - in anticipation!

Rosie

(Rob - I couldn't decide which one to ask!)
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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #7 on: Aug 16, 2009, 09:31 PM »
I have one.

QE2 has had loads of Famous guests over the years, have you ever met any celebrities on board whilst you were Captain?
 

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« Reply #8 on: Aug 17, 2009, 03:45 AM »
I have a couple.

1.  Was the observation "porthole" in the hull above the props, installed to monitor the Grimm Wheels still there and available to view during your time onboard?

2.  I vividly recall hearing of the grounding off Martha's Vinard since I was working in a boatyard in Connecticut at the time.  I heard that the damage ran quite a distance along the bottom of the ship.  Are there any photos of the actual damage to the ship taken while in drydock in Boston for the temporary repairs?  

Regarding the squat aspect of the ship over the shoal, I can attest from my naval architecture classes, that QE2 was discussed at length due to this incident as well as her groundbreaking steam to diesel electric conversion.
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 17, 2009, 01:34 PM »
My question would be:

"What were the biggest changes to affect passengers and/or crew during your time onboard?"

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #10 on: Aug 17, 2009, 02:26 PM »
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2.  I vividly recall hearing of the grounding off Martha's Vinard since I was working in a boatyard in Connecticut at the time.  I heard that the damage ran quite a distance along the bottom of the ship.  Are there any photos of the actual damage to the ship taken while in drydock in Boston for the temporary repairs? 


Talking about this grounding in the Captains Quarters there used to metal piece cut from the hull were you could see the scratchs of the object that the ship hit.I wonder what happened to it ?.

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #11 on: Aug 18, 2009, 02:04 PM »
I keep thinking of more...

Given the choice, would you prefer open bridge wings like QE2 has, or enclosed ones like the newer ships?  Obviously for practicalities sake the enclosed ones make more sense, but isn't "something" lost?  Don't you feel cut off from the action?
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 18, 2009, 05:07 PM »
I keep thinking of more...

Given the choice, would you prefer open bridge wings like QE2 has, or enclosed ones like the newer ships?  Obviously for practicalities sake the enclosed ones make more sense, but isn't "something" lost?  Don't you feel cut off from the action?

Commodore Warwick was asked this question on my last time onboard.  Despite being out in the elements, he stated that all of the older captains who had experienced the open bridge wing configuration prefer it.  Out inthe elements, they can gage the effects of the wind better.  As he stated though, there are all the newer captains coming up through the ranks who have never experienced the open bridge wing configuration.  It's not that they are spoiled with AC enclosures, its a result of having all the equipment better protected from the elements.  Too bad they could not compromise and include both somehow.  It is also pretty cool from a passenger perspective to be able to watch the captain and crew at work on QE2.
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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #13 on: Aug 19, 2009, 08:52 PM »
Did you ever travel as a passenger on board?  And, if so, were you able to keep your mind off what was happening "upstairs and downstairs" and just relax?
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« Reply #14 on: Aug 20, 2009, 03:06 PM »
Something I've always wondered about, I've read in all the different QE2 books, and other ships too, about this and that which got changed onboard at the request of the Captain, on QE2 for example the little Cunard Lion Crest that got added under the bridge, and the teak capping to the railings I read were Captains choices not head offices, how much freedom to do such things does a Captain have, where is the 'divide' between 'head office' and a Captain in such matters? And, what other changes/improvements have QE2 Captains made to the ship, and did you make any?
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« Reply #15 on: Aug 21, 2009, 04:36 AM »
I keep thinking of more...

Given the choice, would you prefer open bridge wings like QE2 has, or enclosed ones like the newer ships?  Obviously for practicalities sake the enclosed ones make more sense, but isn't "something" lost?  Don't you feel cut off from the action?
I prefer the open bridge wings, your more in contact with the elements, for instance when docking and you can feel the strength of the wind on your cheeks.
I wonder what the old salts from WW2 thought when totally enclosed bridges arrived. The Convoys to Murmansk must have been a nightmare with an open bridge!

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #16 on: Aug 21, 2009, 10:18 AM »
What a fantastic opportunity!

I have a couple:

1. What was your proudest moment during your time on QE2?
2. How would QE2 compare to other cruise vessels that you served on - no doubt she had her challenges but did her 'soul/character' make up for this?

Thanks in anticipation.

John

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #17 on: Aug 21, 2009, 11:16 AM »
1. What was the most difficult decision you had to take in your capacity as Master of the QE2?

2. Was there ever a time when you were required to be at a social occasion with the passengers and you felt that you should really have been on the Bridge (or in the Engine Room, etc.) instead?

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« Reply #18 on: Aug 23, 2009, 03:48 AM »
Extending from Isabelle's question - was there a time where you made an excuse that you had been called to the bridge when talking to a passenger. (we probably should not insist on an answer to that one !)

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Re: ASK THE QE2'S CAPTAIN ! (Robin Woodall)
« Reply #19 on: Aug 23, 2009, 11:08 PM »
Thank you for your questions everybody!

I'm going to edit them together and send them to Richard to pass to his father.

A big Thank you to the Woodalls from all of us, in advance, and to everybody who thought up a question (or even tried to!).
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