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Offline Beardy Rich

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Last steam crossing
« on: Aug 29, 2009, 12:22 PM »
With the help of Rob Lightbody, here's a copy of the list of Engineering Crew members who sailed on the last (Eastbound) steam crossing on the North Atlantic from NY to Southampton. Every member of the department received one of these as well as a commemorative medal of the event.

The silhouette of the ship is on the original A3 sheet but this had to be cropped to enable it to be posted on the forum.

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #1 on: Aug 30, 2009, 03:11 PM »
Thanks for sharing Rich.

Of that list, how many remained on after the conversion to Diesel?
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #2 on: Aug 30, 2009, 05:12 PM »
Rich/Rob,

Thanks for sorting out and uploading - a great piece of history for us all to look at.  I don't think I can find your dad's name on their though Rob - sad that they didn't allow him a final fling, especially after all the work he had to put into keeping the Queen going!

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #3 on: Aug 30, 2009, 07:54 PM »
Thanks for sharing Rich.

Of that list, how many remained on after the conversion to Diesel?

Hi Chris, I think most of those crew that were on the final steam crossing stayed on after the diesel conversion. Having said that, there did tend to be a few new faces after crew leave sometimes as some crew members would suddenly decide to leave Cunards' employ. I can think of at least two crew members that I used to work with that simply didn't return to the ship after crew leave for example. I wonder just how many thousands of people actually ever worked on QE2? Must be in the tens of thousands at a guess! Most of the more senior hands from P.O upwards stayed on. Those that did leave usually went to another Cunarder.

John, thanks for your kind comments.
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #4 on: Sep 04, 2009, 08:15 AM »
Here is a copy of a passenger certificate from Oct 1986 commemorating the final steam crossing of the Atlantic by QE2.

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #5 on: Sep 04, 2009, 05:17 PM »
Here are a few more items relating to the last steam crossing. Also a memento to commemorate the maiden voyage of the 'new' QE2.
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #6 on: Apr 13, 2010, 07:52 PM »
Was there much in the way of onboard events during the last crossing under steam to commemorate this event.
 The childrens Blue peter programme were onboard and filmed some great footage.
It was l gather, towards the end a stormy 5 day :) crossing
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #7 on: Apr 13, 2010, 09:54 PM »
Hi Cunardqueen, not sure I remember any onboard events to commemorate the last steam crossing. There were probably some events organised 'topside', but it was pretty much work as usual for us guys down below.
One thing I do remember is that the Engineering officers insisted that all the paintwork in the machinery spaces had to be either cleaned or repainted before going to Bremerhaven. The fact that most of it was going to be ripped out didn't matter... QE2 was going to look 'shipshape & bristol fashion' to impress the workers at Lloyd-Werft.

I never knew the BBC were onboard filming Blue Peter either but that wasn't unusual. I'm sure lots of things went on that we (in the Eng Dept) never heard about.
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2010, 04:51 PM »
Quick question for Rich

D'you remember my old man, Angus? He was one of the Seconds on the last steam crossing. His name's on the list and I'm sure
he's in the department photo with you and Chillie (though with his cap pulled down low for a disguise). He's still with us, by the
way, he just doesn't do computers.
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010, 10:29 PM »
Hi riskygizmo
Yes, I remember Angus very well. He was one of the watchkeepers in the MCR I think. Glad to hear that he's OK.
Would you or your Dad happen to know anything about any of the other engineers onboard since the big refit of 1986/87?
I can remember Dave Roberts, John Tomlinson, Jimmy Hayes, Martin Kay, and some others.
I would also love to know what happened to Brian Atkinson (Donkeyman) and Mick Earley SCR watchkeeper).
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #10 on: Jun 04, 2010, 03:09 PM »
Rich,

Ma & pa are on their hols right now, so I'll see what I can find out when they come back.

The only one I know about is Jimmy Hayes. He took retirement shortly after the refit (probably with the usual complaining engineers attitude of "you'll never see me here again") and then he went back. As far as I know he was there till the last trip. Have a look on You Tube at the vid'
below and you'll get a nice view of the back of his head.

Jimmy Hayes & the Chook O' Embray - now there's something I'd have paid money to see.

« Last Edit: Jun 04, 2010, 09:38 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #11 on: Jun 15, 2010, 06:27 PM »
Thanks riskygizmo. I enjoyed watching that video clip.
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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #12 on: Jun 16, 2010, 01:27 AM »
AAah, speak of the devil!

Here is wee Jimmy coming into the ECR right now - actually, it was July 2008.

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #13 on: Oct 22, 2010, 07:35 PM »
It was 24 years ago this week that the ship did her last trip under steam.
The trip was eventful as it was the only time i know of when the props came out of the water!
There was a following sea that pushed her stren out of the water at least 3 times each time the over speed trips shut down the steam to the main engine turbines , this had the knock on effect of lifting the safety valves on the boilers which allowed excess superheated steam to blast out of the funnel.
It took around 20 minutes to get things stabalised with steam back on to the turbines.
you could hear the props come out of the water, like a large fan whirl.

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Re: Last steam crossing
« Reply #14 on: Oct 22, 2010, 10:51 PM »
Sounds like a lot of fun in the old TCR and Boiler Room  ;D

Any more stories ship pro? Where you onboard when there was a fire in the MCR early 1984? Before my time but wasn't there also a large fire in the T.A. Room,  possibly whilst bunkering?
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