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The QE2's Story (in-service) => Service Life (1969 - 2008) => 1969 and the 1970s => Topic started by: Twynkle on Apr 07, 2010, 11:45 AM

Title: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 07, 2010, 11:45 AM
Thanks to Liners List for reference to this link!

http://global-mariner.com/index113ShipFerries.html
Copyright belongs to Karsten Peterson (Photographer)
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 07, 2010, 02:42 PM
Awesome photos Rosie - excellent find!
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Apr 07, 2010, 03:43 PM
A bit of TLC happening on her starboard side by the look of the painter's platforms! H&S would preclude that activity these days.

Nice shots - love the really clear colour shots from the film of that period.

What a shot of the Big U as well!

Thanks for posting these Rosie.
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 07, 2010, 05:47 PM
Wow.  Great photos!

SSUS looks SUPERB, as does QE2 of course.

Seeing QE2 nowadays, she looks incredibly long and low, compared to a modern cruise ship but in those photos she actually looks quite high compared to SSUS.  This is interesting, because the designers were afraid that she would indeed look too high.  I believe this was the reasoning behind the khaki paint and the black davits on the boat deck.

The more I see the original funnel in white, the more I love it.  It makes the whole ship look sleeker and sexier, just like she was meant to.  The "white and black" of it also connects it, I believe to Apollo, the Space Shuttle and Concorde.

Also look at the HUGE crowds on the dockside looking at her, even though she wasn't arriving or departing when the photo was taken.
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Andrew Collier on Apr 07, 2010, 10:47 PM
AWESOME! I love the black (charcoal) and white, agree totally with Rob on that.

Especialyl love the 1977 Hong Kong pics, the ship looks so fresh and new, none of the worn in look we got used to later on!

After much consideration, I have almost decided the ship looked better with the first set of penthouses, as shown here, and second set maybe, although i wish theyd done a neater design for those, than it did with the open sports deck. Think they did a really neat job of integrating the first set, as these pics show!

Just a shame there was never a stage where The Look Out and its windows were in place, and the first penthouse block, second too maybe, that for me would have been the ultimate QE2!

Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Mauretania1907 on Apr 08, 2010, 09:36 AM
Go further onto the site global-mariner and click on a set of photos called 'the Storm' and a ship called Stolt Surf, and you will see her surfing for her life, the author of the site said that, had they lost the engines, he would definitely not be alive to day. This storm is SCARY. The rest of the site is also very interesting, with several views of engine-rooms on the various ships mentioned - the author ending up as Chief Engineer. I recommend this site!
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 08, 2010, 10:06 AM
Go further onto the site global-mariner and click on a set of photos called 'the Storm' and a ship called Stolt Surf, and you will see her surfing for her life, the author of the site said that, had they lost the engines, he would definitely not be alive to day. This storm is SCARY. The rest of the site is also very interesting, with several views of engine-rooms on the various ships mentioned - the author ending up as Chief Engineer. I recommend this site!

(I agree with you, Mauretania1907 !
Think we need to whisper here - it's a wee bit off the beaten track on this topic!
Maybe we could ask for the link and comments to be moved to the Other Ships Topic (Virtual Chart Room) , under something like 'Storms, Ships with Big Engines - then we could add that Huge Maersk one called Emma too!)
Title: Re: 1977 - 1978/9 Superb images of QE2 in New York and Hong Kong harbours
Post by: Rod on Jul 30, 2011, 02:35 PM
Regarding the ship in HK. All the ropes that the dockyard used for the platforms were made of bamboo! On the landward side of the ship there was bamboo scaffolding. No safety ropes, life belts...NOTHING!
That all changed  in the 80's.
Also anyone remember them painting the underwater part of the ship in HK?