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Title: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 02, 2010, 09:43 AM
There are lots of images and clips of QE2 being constructed - seemingly there's little here about what was used and where it came from!
As well as the raw materials of her hull and superstructure, all sorts of things made her interior special.
She was built at a time when the steel industry, manufacturers of aluminium, glass, timber and furnishings etc etc were a significant area of trade in the UK, post-war.
Who might know about the suppliers, and what they supplied?

For example - all the glass for portholes and windows (inside and out) etc - did Pilkingtons get the contract?
And the steel - did this come from John Summers and Sons?
Suppliers for the crew accommodation etc
The lights and lighting - maybe these need to be a topic on their own?!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts?
Post by: Waverley on Sep 11, 2010, 05:50 PM
Delivery of the pianos.

From the John Mason website.

Clydebank, Scotland, 1967: One of two vans delivering all the pianos to the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Cruise Ship (The QE2) before the vessel was put into service. John Mason also delivered all the pianos to the Queen Elizabeth 1st many years before.


John Mason International movers
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts?
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Sep 11, 2010, 06:04 PM
Rosie

I have a Suppliers List which naturally goes over many pages. I'll dig it out and tell you who supplied the glass.

Flagship
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts?
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Sep 11, 2010, 07:33 PM
A few months ago there was a porthole for sale on EBAY...( supposedly from QE2??)....It had my surname printed on the side..with a different spelling....presumably from the makers of either the glass or the brass surrounds.  On second thoughts I think it was the foundry .....I couldn't believe it....but it went for a fairly high sum and I missed out....didn't know I made portholes on the side......interesting stuff  though...

Thomas Utley ( Rainhill) Ltd


http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=139-ro&cid=-1#-1
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts?
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 11, 2010, 07:52 PM
Thanks so much, Flagship and Cruise Princess

Rainhill in Lancashire is close to St Helens where the Pilkington glass factory was founded

Flagship - only if it's not too much trouble; it's not urgent - there's plenty of time!
There are just 'wonderings' in my mind, particularly about steel, and whether any of this came from John Summers' steel-works at Shotton, also the timber - possibly via Denny, Mott and Dickson, suppliers to Liverpool shipping lines.

 
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 27, 2010, 07:22 PM
Now I'd very much like to know more about these :

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=qe2&w=46566419%40N08&z=e

QE2 turbine patterns in wood, on display in the Linthouse at Irvine, Scottish Maritime Museum.

They look fascinating in their own right -- what were they used for?
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 27, 2010, 09:49 PM
Now I'd very much like to know more about these :

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=qe2&w=46566419%40N08&z=e

QE2 turbine patterns in wood, on display in the Linthouse at Irvine, Scottish Maritime Museum.

They look fascinating in their own right -- what were they used for?

I agree Isabelle, they look really interesting.
I wonder whether these were used together with a scaled down model of a ship's engine and used as a 3-D reference section for the layout of a ships engine room.
There's one of these from Govan Shipbuilders also shown in the flickr set.

Does anyone know whether there's a builders' model of QE2s engine room?
I wonder too, what happened to all this sort of 'paraphernalia' at John Browns after QE2 left the yard
Anything like this would be an a treat to see!  

Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Nov 28, 2010, 12:36 AM
Patterns are used to create the moulds from which the actual parts are cast.
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Bob C. on Dec 14, 2010, 03:07 PM
I posted this on another topic but here is a link to a phot of one of QE2's props enroute for delivery.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,37.msg23374.html#msg23374

http://www.trucknetuk.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=155935
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Mauretania1907 on Dec 16, 2010, 03:02 AM
If you can get hold of the shipping trade magazines from the late sixties, there would be many firms advertising they supplied all sorts of things for the new Curnader or for QE2, once she was launched and her name known. I am thinking of mags like Motorship:, Syren and Shipping and other marine magazines of the era. Sea Breezes would have had news and articles about her. You could ask at the local library where such magazines would be found. I am thinking if any British maritime museum has a library, you'd find such magazines there.
I have a few such advertisements for the 1907 Mauretania and I bet the manufacturers of the 60's would be bragging about their taps, linoleum, toilets etc for QE2. Not to mention makers of navigation equipment and the like. Happy Hunting.
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 16, 2010, 08:01 AM
If you can get hold of the shipping trade magazines from the late sixties, there would be many firms advertising they supplied all sorts of things for the new Curnader or for QE2, once she was launched and her name known. I am thinking of mags like Motorship:, Syren and Shipping and other marine magazines of the era. Sea Breezes would have had news and articles about her. You could ask at the local library where such magazines would be found. I am thinking if any British maritime museum has a library, you'd find such magazines there.
I have a few such advertisements for the 1907 Mauretania and I bet the manufacturers of the 60's would be bragging about their taps, linoleum, toilets etc for QE2. Not to mention makers of navigation equipment and the like. Happy Hunting.

Thank you for the tip, Mauritania1907
'Must be telepathy' - not very long ago, I found a 1969 copy of Sea Breezes.
It's A 5 in size, with 96 pages of Cunard history,
with a review of QE2 and I love it!
(Sometime I will learn how to post images, no time till after April!!)

Rosie
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 07, 2011, 10:04 AM
I have a copy of a publication celebrating The Cunarders 1840 to 1969 published by Peter Barker Ltd. London and edited by Douglas Lobley.  In addition to the acknowledgement of the achievements of Cunard at that time there is also recognition of the technical progress that resulted in the building of the QE2 to meet the changing needs of the cruise and transatlantic market.

However what is significant to this post is that the publication has many adverts from QE2 suppliers which I have listed and will post here under different categories.  

Rosie started this post by asking about glass suppliers.  There are two adverts for glass supplier for the QE2 which are for:

Pilkington Brothers Ltd.  St Helens Lancashire
‘Armourplate’® toughened glass on boat decks and dining rooms

Triplex Safety Glass Co. Ltd London– supplier of Triplex Glass for the Bridge Windows on QE2
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 07, 2011, 10:10 AM
More QE2 suppliers at the time of her construction.  Information from adverts placed in The Cunarders 1840 to 1969.  

You can see that in the 1960's suppliers were either based in Scotland or England.  It would be interesting to know how many of these companies still exist.  

Computer and Navigation Equipment

Sperry Gyroscope Division, Berkshire England – Twin system of Sperry Gyro Compasses and Sperry Automatic Steering  

Ferranti Ltd, Automatic Systems Division,  Manchester – Ferranti Argus Computer

Fitments and Equipment

British Ropes Group, Doncaster, England supplier for:
Viking Nylon Braidline Mooring Ropes
Staple Spunstron Polypropylene Tender Ropes
8” Manual Speedseal Couplings for Bunkering

British Ropes Groups were also sub contracted to supply:
Tow Line, Steel Wire Mooring Ropes for use with the powered winches and most of the checkwires used during launching

Carrier Engineering Co. Ltd. London
Stone-Platt Scotland Ltd. Glasgow

Air Conditioning

Otis Elevator Co. Ltd. London – supplied QE2 with 23 Otis lifts and 4 Otis Elevators

Marinite Ltd.. Springburn, Glasgow – Marinite non-combustible sheet used in the construction of the QE2.   A built in fire protection in the form of bulkhead linings, ceilings and doors throughout accommodation spaces and public rooms.  

WM Still & Sons Ltd, Hastings, Sussex, England  - Manufactured and supplied the special U shaped refridgerated buffet counter, installed on Deck 1 Lido also the countering and back bar units serving four different mess centres .  
NB “Through UCS Ltd. Clydebank Division builders of the ship – all countering units were designed to the specification of the Cunard Naval Architect and meet the exacting standards of the US Department of Health.”
Also supplier of pop up egg cookers and hot roll dispensers.  

Davey Paxman & Co. Ltd. (a member of English Electric Diesels Ltd.) Colchester, England – two Paxman 350 Kilowatt Diesel Generator sets to take over instantly so that there is not delay between a power failure and switching to the distribution system.  

Gent of Leicester – Passenger Service Call and Electric Clock Systems

James H. Lamont & Co. Ltd, Edinburgh – Manufacturer of “Securex” fittings

Manlove Alliott & Co. Ltd.  Nottingham – Laundry Equipment

The British Steam Specialties Ltd. Leicester – Newman Velan High Pressure Valves fitted on boiler mountings and superheat steam lines on QE2.  

Rubery Owen & Co. Ltd., Welding Divisions, Walsall, Staffs. – over 60  Rowan Arc welding units were used to weld the aluminium superstructure

Doncasters Moorside Ltd, Oldham Lancashire – supplier of Pilgrim Nuts.  “This British invention was used to assemble propellers to the tailshaft.  Hydraulic pressure is provided to give quicker and more accurate ‘pull up’ than ever before.”  

William McGeoch & Co. (Northern) Ltd. Glasgow – supplier of marine ironmongery and electrical fittings for the QE2.

Shanks and Co. Ltd. Glasgow – manufacturer and supplier of specially styled Shanks sanitary fixtures for the QE2

W&J Leigh & Co. Bolton, Lancashire – specialist in the manufacture of marine paints.  Supplied paints for the protection of the external hull above and below the water line of the QE2.  

John Folkes (Lye Forge) Ltd. Kidderminster, Worcs. – Forgemasters associated with QE2.  

Serck Radiators, Birmingham – designer and manufacturer of a major part of the heat exchange equipment fitted in the QE2
Pozidrive wood screws and self tapping screws used in many applications on the QE2

Stone Manganese Marine Ltd. London – equipped the QE2 with her propellers, bow thrust units, watertight doors and many of her windows.  

Houseman & Thompson Ltd. Burnham, Buckinghamshire – carried out the pre commission chemical cleaning of the main boilers, steam and feed lines of the QE2.  

Whipp and Bourne Limited Castleton Rochdale Lancashire also at London, Glasgow and Birmingham.  Designed, manufactured and supplied one high voltage switchboard, twenty four medium voltage switchboards and electrical control consoles.

Cockburns Limited, Glasgow – Cockburn-Rockwell Butterfly Valves in sizes 2 inches to 34 inches.  Cockburns safety valves and stop valves.

Newalls Insulation & Chemical Co. Ltd. Glasgow  (A Turner & Newall  Company Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, London Manchester, and Newcastle Upon Tyne).  Thermal insulation contract - protecting the hull piping, ship’s turbines,  and ventilation trunking in the air conditioning system.  

Sterling Cable Company Limited, Aldermaston, Berkshire, England.  Supply of cables for the public address system plus other cables throughout the ship  

Chubb and Sons Lock and Safe Co. Ltd., London – supplier of security equipment

James Walker and Co. Ltd. – Woking, Surrey, England – supplier of packings, jointings, gaskets and seals to the marine industry

Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 28, 2011, 09:12 AM
Some more QE2 suppliers for carpets and fabrics at the time of her construction.  Source Information from adverts placed in The Cunarders 1840 to 1969.

 Carpets (16 suppliers, 6 advertised in this publication)

Kosset Carpets Ltd. Brookfoot, Brighouse, Yorkshire – Colombia Restaurant, Theatre Cocktail Bar, Swimming Pool Foyer, Library,  some of the special staterooms (stately blue or gold), cocktail bar (olive green), double public lounge (the biggest single area on the ship)

The Carpet Manufacturing Co. Kidderminster (CMC) – 6,680 yards of carpet.  300 yards Observation Lounge.  2960 yards Tourists Cabin.  1750 yards First Class Cabins.  1630 yards Tourists Restaurant.  40 yards Synagogue.  
Page 73

Crossley Carpets, Halifax, Yorkshire – “Kirby” a Wilton woven carpet for QE2 Art Gallery, Shopping Arcade, First Class Staircase

Gilt Edge Carpets, Kidderminster – Wilton Carpets

Templeton Carpets, Glasgow in association with S J Stockwell & Co. (Carpets) Ltd. – Wilton carpeting for 736 Club, Theatre, Grillroom and Stairs.  

Grays Carpets Ltd Ayr, Scotland – The contract division of Grays manufactured and supplied 10,000 yards of Wilton carpet specially designed for the QE2

Carpet Underlay

Duralay Ltd.  London supplier for Neoprene foam carpet underlay that conforms to the required maritime standards of fire resistance

Fabrics

Sekers Fabrics Ltd., London -permanently flameproof  fabrics thanks to Rhovyl fibres

Lister’s Velvet – first class cocktail lounge curtains and upholstery.  Grill Room wall panels.  

Sundour Fabrics and Edinburgh Weavers – suppliers of curtains and upholstery fabrics to QE2

British Replin Ltd. Ayr Scotland – furnishing fabric

Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 28, 2011, 09:16 AM
Source - as above

Glass and Crockery

Waterford Crystal, Ireland

Official Souvenirs

Slade, Hampton & Sons Ltd London – Official Maiden Voyage Souvenir Medals, Platinum, 22 ct. Gold, Palladium and Silver.  

JW Barrett & Sons Ltd, Birmingham – Official QE2 Symbol jewellery manufactured under licence.  

Furniture

Lurashell, London  - Queens Lounge (the Queen chairs) and Observation Lounge (Sceptre Units) seating

Morris of Glasgow – furniture for the QE2

Wemyss Weavecraft Ltd., East Wemyss, Fife – supplier of woven furnishings for QE2
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 29, 2011, 12:45 PM
The RMS Queen Elizabeth web site has an interesting page with adverts from suppliers to QE2.  Unfortunately the site does not give credit to what publication(s) the adverts are from.  

It is obvious from the adverts that when the ship was ready to be commissioned the suppliers recognised QE2 was a quality ship and were eager to advertise their contribution to the fitting out of the ship.

  
http://www.rmsqueenelizabeth2.com/suppliers.html
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Aug 06, 2011, 12:31 AM
Steel beams...Colvilles, read that so many times!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Aug 06, 2011, 12:39 AM
Allen and Hanbury provided most of the hospital equipment including the famous "Doodie Washer"!
I hated that thing!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 06, 2011, 11:19 PM
Allen and Hanbury provided most of the hospital equipment including the famous "Doodie Washer"!
I hated that thing!


Whatever was it, Rod?
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Aug 07, 2011, 12:32 AM
Whatever was it, Rod?

The bedpan washer!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 16, 2012, 11:52 AM
Something about the lovely sheets 'Made in Scotland' for Cunard!
It would be interesting to know how many different manufacturers made the cotton sheets,
Were blankets ever used in earlier days on board QE2?

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/pictures/dram-good-show-a-famous-scottish-distillery-1-2356385

(Yes, I know(!) - the clip is really about the 'Angels Share' - can't wait to see the film!)
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Cunarder Man on Jun 17, 2012, 08:34 PM
Angels' share, great film.
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 18, 2012, 07:46 PM
Given that the Mill was a distillery by 1966 it is unlikely that linen was produced for QE2 by this mill and looking  at the list above I cannot see information on blanket manufacturers, but it is likely that blankets were used. 
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: cunardqueen on Jun 18, 2012, 09:27 PM
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Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Jun 18, 2012, 10:28 PM
Quiz question.....QE2. We have discussed portholes in various places....can anybody tell me where else on the QE2 where portholes were an essential part of the ship...CLUE...they are not on the ships side!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 18, 2012, 11:03 PM
Inset into doors?!
to / from the galleys
to / from the Board Room
to / from the decks
Specially in / out the Yacht Club
as well as lots more - probably!

Come to think of it - there's a fair bit about the wonderful doors on QE2 that's yet to be (like all else), explored in greater detail.

BTW - Great Thinking, Rod!

Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 19, 2012, 09:14 PM
Something about the lovely sheets 'Made in Scotland' for Cunard!
It would be interesting to know how many different manufacturers made the cotton sheets,
Were blankets ever used in earlier days on board QE2?

I still cannot find anything on who made the blankets for QE2.  But an interesting fact on suppliers from a "Pride of British Industry" publications that more than 300 British firms contributed to the building and furnishings of the QE2. This publication also has information of onboard stock records for 1969 state that 26,200 pillow slips and
23,000 sheets were in stock.  But no mention of blankets !  ???

I need to think about Rod's question, although Rosie has probably answered this.   



Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Jeff Taylor on Jun 19, 2012, 09:56 PM
Simpler in the old QM/QE days.  Each ship had one, 5-day complement of bed linen/tableclothes, etc and dropped it off in NY, replacing it with the other ships complement on arrival.  The next ship would pick it up clean the following week.  Kind of hard to do with only one ship!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 19, 2012, 10:59 PM
Maybe this is a bit off topic - but didn't QE, like QE2, have her own laundry on board?

To get back to the bedding in passenger staterooms - wouldn't it be interesting to know more?!
Eiderdowns were much in use in GB in the Sixties, many were made to order by the ever present shops like Heals, Liberty, Maples /  Waring and Gillow, Fraser's or John Lewis. Some were full of down and covered in beautiful fabrics.
Do you know whether  the passengers at all grades were able to have lovely bedding beneath those interesting counterpanes?
Rosie


(PS to Mods -  Maybe this needs to go to the topic on Staterooms?)


Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 19, 2012, 10:59 PM
ooops - It was a copy of the former post - not too sure why!
And I can't delete all of it!
looks like this needs to be hurled overboard!


Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: cunardqueen on Jun 20, 2012, 12:13 AM
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  But no mention of blankets !   
Ok so its not blankets but they did use Harris Tweed..
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Jun 20, 2012, 02:14 AM
QE2 did indeed have her own laundry. Washing machines could take 500 lbs at a time. Dryers heated by steam, along with things like the flaywork ironer to iron sheets table clothes etc, collar and cuff machine, sheet folder at the end of the ironer, shirtpresser, commercial ironers.

My quiz question, Beardy Rich might get it!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: riskygizmo on Jun 21, 2012, 07:45 AM
Re Rod's quiz
I'm guessing (didn't ask Dad, honest) but do you mean the little viewing windows into the boiler fireboxes? I remember looking through one when he took us down below and thinking that it was like peering into the fiery heart of hell
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Jun 21, 2012, 10:11 PM
Close but no ceegar Risky!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Jun 22, 2012, 07:36 PM
Sheets and pillow cases came from Eckersleys Ltd - Wigan
First Class cabin upholstery - Harris Tweed, London
Curtain material - David Ison Ltd, London
Curtain lining - S A Jones Ltd, London
Bedspreads - Margo Fabrics Ltd, London
Bedcovers - Wemyss Weavecraft Ltd, Fife
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: cunardqueen on Jun 22, 2012, 08:52 PM
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  First Class cabin upholstery - Harris Tweed, London
   

LONDON   :o :o :o :o :o :o :o What would those folks in the Western Islands make of this..
They might just accept Scotland.. But England  :-\

(http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/4127/img036th.jpg)
 ;)
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 22, 2012, 09:29 PM
Sheets and pillow cases came from Eckersleys Ltd - Wigan
First Class cabin upholstery - Harris Tweed, London
Curtain material - David Ison Ltd, London
Curtain lining - S A Jones Ltd, London
Bedspreads - Margo Fabrics Ltd, London
Bedcovers - Wemyss Weavecraft Ltd, Fife

Thank you!
Harris tweed's really hardwearing, isn't it- otherwise brocade might have been used as the more glam upholstery fabric.
So - as well as sleeping between lovely Lancashire cotton sheets, do you think the passengers slept under blankets and 'Eidies' too?
Thered been duvets on the 'continent' for very many years then, however they weren't much in evidence in GB in the 60's, and def not in the Adelphi, and I'd guess they wouldn't have been used  on board QE2 either - although I may well be mistaken!

By the way, do you know if Gilchrist  and Soames and the Bronnley people were the main suppliers (washing stuff! - the term 'toiletries, somehow doesn't go with QE2!!) from the beginning?
It was really surprising to note the cost of these little bottles
http://uk.gilchristsoames.com/view_product/159/170/London_Traveler
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Jun 22, 2012, 09:58 PM
The Harris Tweed contract was given to a London office / branch (Curzon Street) - thats where Cunard would send payments.

Edgar Bros (also on Curzon Street) provided the fabrics for the Suiterooms.

Carpet in First Class cabins came from The Royal Carpet Factory Ltd - Wilts

Tourist Class cabin carpet came from Woodward, Grosvenor & Co - London
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Jun 22, 2012, 10:01 PM
Gilchrist and Soames came to QE2 in 2007

Bronnley came to QE2 in 2000

Hunter provided the toiletries in 1999 and 2000
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Jun 22, 2012, 10:02 PM
Mention was made about the Pianos above. Rushworth & Dreaper (Liverpool) provided four grands and nine uprights and all had matching stools.
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Cunarder Man on Jun 23, 2012, 07:10 AM
Quiz question.....QE2. We have discussed portholes in various places....can anybody tell me where else on the QE2 where portholes were an essential part of the ship...CLUE...they are not on the ships side!
Rod, I recall an officer saying there were Portholes on the underside through which they could see the propellors, he said they were difficult to access. ???
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 23, 2012, 08:46 AM
Carpet in First Class cabins came from The Royal Carpet Factory Ltd - Wilts
Tourist Class cabin carpet came from Woodward, Grosvenor & Co - London

Flagship The Cunarders 1840 to 1969 magazine, published at the time of QE2's maiden voyage mentioned that there were 16 suppliers of carpets for the QE2 (the 6 who had advertisements in the magazine are mentioned below with some information on rooms carpeted).  Do you have any other information on carpet suppliers and what area of the ship they supplied carpets for prior to her maiden voyage.  . 

QE2 Carpets (16 suppliers, 6 advertised in publication)

Kosset Carpets Ltd. Brookfoot, Brighouse, Yorkshire – Colombia Restaurant, Theatre Cocktail Bar, Swimming Pool Foyer, Library,  some of the special staterooms (stately blue or gold), cocktail bar (olive green), double public lounge (the biggest single area on the ship)

The Carpet Manufacturing Co. Kidderminster (CMC) – 6,680 yards of carpet.  300 yards Observation Lounge.  2960 yards Tourists Cabin.  1750 yards First Class Cabins.  1630 yards Tourists Restaurant.  40 yards Synagogue. 
Page 73

Crossley Carpets, Halifax, Yorkshire – “Kirby” a Wilton woven carpet for QE2 Art Gallery, Shopping Arcade, First Class Staircase

Gilt Edge Carpets, Kidderminster – Wilton Carpets

Templeton Carpets, Glasgow in association with S J Stockwell & Co. (Carpets) Ltd. – Wilton carpeting for 736 Club, Theatre, Grillroom and Stairs. 

Grays Carpets Ltd Ayr, Scotland – The contract division of Grays manufactured and supplied 10,000 yards of Wilton carpet specially designed for the QE2


Duralay Ltd.  London supplier for Neoprene foam carpet underlay that conforms to the required maritime standards of fire resistance
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Jun 23, 2012, 09:18 AM
Lynda

Here are others I have listed but no great detail on what they did:

John C A Bogie Ltd (Glasgow) - making and lying of fitted carpets in deluxe cabins

Brintons Ltd (Kidderminster) - carpeting, launches, powder room

Carpet Trades Ltd (Kidderminster) - carpeting

Chlidema Carpet Co Ltd (Kidderminster) - carpeting

Firth Carpets (London) - carpeting first class corridors, tourist class public areas

Humphries & Taplings Ltd (London)

Lancaster Carpets Ltd (Manchester) - Boat Deck Bar, Shops, galley, Suiterooms, Two Deck

MacKay, Hugh & Co (London) - Senior Officers cabins

Northdown Contracts (Decor Sales) Ltd (Surrey) - cruise launches, underlays

Steele (Oxon) - Officers cabins

Stockwell Carpets Ltd (London) - Club and Theatre

Stoddard A F & Co (Renfrewshire)

Thomson, Shepheard (Ealing) - First Class cabins, Library

Woodward, Grosvenor & Co (London) - Tourist class cabins

The Royal Carpet Factory Wilton (Wilts) - First class cabins
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 23, 2012, 09:21 AM
Quote
Quiz question.....QE2. We have discussed portholes in various places....can anybody tell me where else on the QE2 where portholes were an essential part of the ship...CLUE...they are not on the ships side!

In response to Rod's quiz question was it something to do with sewage or drainage viewing windows. 
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Rod on Jun 23, 2012, 07:13 PM
OK. I had forgotten the doors onto the decks. Sorry!
An innovation on the QE2 was "porthole gauge glasses" , waterlevel measuring devices on QE2's boilers. At the reading level, boiler room platform, you could look through a series of mirrors and see the water level in the boilers....yes we had to do that...not all the stuff on QE2 was automatic. Through a series of mirrors, and the device itself.....water was green, steam was red....the device itself, had 9    1" dia glass inserts..portholes...to enable the viewer to see the water/steam level...they were a pain as people walking past vibration etc could upset the mirrors, and, therefore  the colors/colours.....
Another example of a good idea being impractical!
At the boiler room platform, they would show up as a series of dots coloure/colored red of green!
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Jul 10, 2013, 07:24 PM


This topic is superb - and thanks so much to all for so many comprehensive details

(Hoping this isn't a duplicate - some of the items on the list still crop up on eBay's auction site too!
http://www.rmsqueenelizabeth2.com/1969ad.html   )
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 26, 2017, 02:02 PM
Hello Rosie
....The lights on white posts were added in 1983 when the Magrodome was added - the posts were originally painted black.

Michael


Hello Michael,
It seems as if there may have been even more 'metal' structures originally painted black and then later on, white.
Just wondering - was this change made for a specific reason? Rust prevention perhaps - and / or artistic effects etc?
The davits immediately come to mind, as well as the 'lamp posts' on the decks aft, and possibly the metal 'lamp' protectors - and even more?
Thank you!
Rosie
 


Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Trevor Casey on Oct 26, 2017, 05:25 PM
Why were davits painted white? Instead of keeping them black?
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 07, 2020, 06:25 PM
When reading the PR document The New Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 Press Guide (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=9341.msg108772#msg108772), which was probably written around the time of the ship's maiden voyage, I realised that there was a wealth of information about suppliers within the Main and Auxiliary Machinery section (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=9341.msg108772#msg108772) that would be of interest to readers of this topic. 

I have extracted this information listed below, but if you have an interest in the ship's machinery, I would recommend that you read the document I have attached to the Press Guide topic. 

QE2 Main and Auxiliary Machinery Suppliers
as at 1969

Main Turbines and Gearing: Pametrada Design, built under licence by John Brown’s Engineering, Clydebank

Turbine Control Room

Turbine Control Valves: Pametrada Design, manufactured by John Brown’s Engineering, Clydebank.
Actuators supplied by Serck Glocon
Two main thrust blocks: Michell design and manufacture they are equipped with thrust meters
Tailshafts: designed and manufactured by John Brown’s engineering in conjunction with Cunard’s technical staff.  The shafts run-in Tufnol lined stern tubes and are fitted with Crane’s mechanical seals.

Propellers: designed and manufactured by Stone Manganese Marine.  They are six bladed and made of Superston 70, secured in place by Pilgrim Nuts.  Cones are of fibre glass.

Main Condensers: Fabricated Main Condensers (fitted with brass tubes) : Pametrada Design, manufactured by John Brown Engineering, Clydebank.  Fitted to each condenser are Axial flow varies pitch pumps, supplied by Vickers, with motors by AEI. Two Drysdale horizontal axial flow pumps have been fitted for stand-by and manoeuvring conditions. 

Weir’s Pumps: two Weir turbo-driven main feed pumps in the engine room for normal steaming and one for back up.  For harbour use one one turbo and one electro feeder is fitted in the boiler room, supplied by Weir’s Pumps. 

Lubrication - One tank top mounted submersible centrifugal pump manufactured by Stothert and Pitt fitted for each set of machinery.  Four Serck lubricating coolers, of tubular type.  Two Vokes full-flow filters fitted on the discharge side of the lubricating oil pumps. 

Boiler Installation

Three identical boilers of Foster Wheeler ESD II design built key John Brown’s Engineering fitted in the boiler room which is between the engine room and the generator room.

Each boiler is fitted with a bled steam air heater designed and manufactured by Serck.  Economisers supplied by Greens are fitted with steel gills in the hot zone, while cast iron has been used in the cooler zone.  Combustion air is supplied by three two-speed vane controlled, electrically driven fans by supplied by Davidson.  AEI supplied the 535 horse power 3.3kV driving motors.  Oil burning is based on the spill system, supplied by Lucas.  Each boiler is fitted with a plain bubble gauge glass and one bi-colour porthole gauge glass supplied by Klingers.  Ribbon type indicator supplied by Foxboro installed in Main Control Room and Turbine Control Room.  Hylif Safety valves supplied by Hopkinson.  Smoke observation periscopes supplied by Barr and Stroud. Three oil fuel pressure pumps supplied by Stothert and Pitt. The five main oil fuel heaters supplied by Serck’s.  Clyde Blowers supplied a comprehensive system of blowers which are sequentially controlled by a solid state electronic controller of Brookhirst Igranic manufacture and design.  A boiler cleaning vacuum plan fitted in the Boiler Room supplied by British Vacuum Cleaning company.

Machinery Space Ventilation - Eight exhaust fans and six supply fans (power range from 24 to 35 hp) for the Engine Room and Boiler Room supplied by Woods of Colchester. 

Main Electrical Generators and Distribution

AEI manufactured the three 5.5 MW 6.6 MVA CMR alternators installed in the turbo alternator room.

Transformers - Manufactured AEI, Trafford Park
(see The New Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 Press Guide Section 6 Main and Auxiliary Machinery for more information)

Main and Auxiliary Switchgear - manufactured by Whipp and Bourne Limited

50 Volt Low Power System - Ferguson, Munro and Parker Limited. 

Alkaline Batteries Limited supplied, Nickel Cadmium Batteries, for emergency loss of power use.

Auxiliary Generators - two Paxman Diesel driven AEI alternators were installed in the emergency generator room.   On failure the main generators are automatically started from 24 V batteries supplied by Alkaline Batteries Limited. 

Emergency Lighting  - both tungsten and fluorescent are fed through a 150 kW 240 V DC output transformer/rectifier supplied by English Electric. 540 ampere-hour emergency battery supplied by Alkaline Batteries Limited. 

Control Rooms:
Main Control Room (MCR)
Turbine Control Room (TCR)
Safety Control Room (SCR)

Pneumatic Control Equipment supplied by AEI with the exception of a few valves
Fisher Governor have supplied the control valves throughout the ship
Enfield Cables Limited and British Insulated Callender Cables Limited have supplied multicore piping for the control systems.
Young and Cunningham have supplied Cockburn Rockwell butterfly valves and Cupedo valves that have been used extensively throughout the ship.

Computer: - Micro miniature Argus 400 Ferranti Computer, which was located on the starboard side of the main control room. The installation was a progressive development, the outcome of two years investigation and development, in which the British Research Association, the National Research Development Corporation, Ferranti Limited and Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. 

Peripheral equipment supplied includes transducers by Consolidated Electrodynamics, Fielden and Ferranti; thermometers by Sangamo, Elliot Marine and Richardson Westgarth.  Printers supplied by IBM, Creed and Kleinschmidt,  The four magnetic tape transports by Ampex. 

Ship Services and Auxiliaries

Piping supplied by Yorkshire Imperial Metals Limited

Main Fresh Water Distillation Plan

Three Weir’s flash evaporators, each is capable of producing from sea water, 400 tons per day of fresh water.  These are installed in the Main Engine Room. Turnover Filters Limited supplied dechlorinating filters plant. 

Tanks and Pumping System - Hamworthy supplied eight dolphin pumps and three centrifugals.

Sanitary Water and Sewage System- Ejectors for the comprehensive sewage ejection system were supplied by Adams Hydraulics.  Sanitory water is provided by four vertical non self priming pumps were supplied by Hamworthy. 

Bilge: Clean and Oily

Three clean bilge pumps of 300 tons per hour, installed in machinery spaces supplied by Hamworthy.

Two oily bilge pumps of 100 tons per hour capacity supplied by Stothert and Pitt. 

Ballast System - pumps provided by Hamworthy

Fire and Wash Decks Pumps - supplied by Hamworthy

Sprinkler System - Pumps for the comprehensive sprinkler system supplied by Mather and Platt

Multispray - Mather and Platt multispray system fitted in machinery spaces. 

Compressed Air System- Four Atlas Copco air-cooled compressors

Steering Gear

A duplicate system of steering, each which is capable of producing maximum torque of 1340 tons feet, supplied by Brown Brothers and consists of four hydraulic rams.  Hydraulic power for the rams is by two Vickers SP 30 pump units.  The all electric steering control system was supplied by Sperry. 

Bow Thrusters - Twin Stone Kamewa Bow Thruster Units mounted in the bulbous bow of the ship. 

Stabilisers- Two pairs of Denny Brown stabilisers.  They are the of the swing back type and controlled by the Gyro system manufactured by Muirheads.

Air Conditioning Plant - Carriers design and manufacture for the air conditioning throughout the ship. Three centrifugal compressors have been installed in the alternator room.  Freon II is used and the total capacity of the three plants is 24,000,000 Btu’s per hour. 

Whistles - Two whistles supplied by Kockums are mounted on the mast structure. One is a model KT230/75 air whistle.  The other is a MA 18/75 electro Tyfon. 

Watertight Doors - 58 watertight doors are of the electro-hydraulic type supplied by Stone Manganese Limited. 

Deck Machinery

Eight self-tensioning mooring winches supplied by Clark, Chapman and Company Limited. 

Warping Capstans - two electrically driven 24 ton warping capstans supplied by Clark, Chapman and Company Limited. 

Anchor cable capstan gear forward - cable lifters and one electrical driven anchor windlass supplied by Clark, Chapman and Company Limited. 

Deck Cranes - two 5 ton cranes fitted on Quarter Deck supplied by ASEA of Sweden and have the ASEA Thyrister control system.

Domestic Refrigerators  - refrigerated stores are kept in 23 separate chambers.  Refrigeration system Carrier/Carlyle. 

Sound Reproduction System -  SRE system supplied by Tannoy Products.

Telephones - Standard Telephone and Cables Limited supplied the installation. 

Lighting - fitting supplied by many well know firms but the greater proportion if from Philips Electrical. 

Gent Illuminated Call System
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Thomas Hypher on Jun 07, 2020, 11:05 PM
Wonderful information, thank you for posting this Lynda! I've gone down a bit more of a rabbit hole with the ship's various Kockums whistles and found some detailed Kockums documentation on her last installed bow foghorn (installed sometime in the mid to late 1990s to replace it's predecessor that was perhaps damaged in the 90ft wave encounter?). This last installed bow foghorn has been completely removed sometime in her current hotel conversion as I noticed back in January.

http://www.kockumsonics.com/pdf/marine/KSM520EN-ELECTROTYFON-MT150-130/files/assets/seo/page1.html
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: June Ingram on Jun 07, 2020, 11:29 PM
Thank you very much, Lynda, for putting together this amazing list from the press book. I find it very helpful to have a list like this !  :)
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 14, 2020, 11:52 AM
Radio Communications 1969

The information on equipment is from the New Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 Press Guide produced for the ship's maiden voyage. 

An improved telephone service for passengers achieved by the use of ..

Notch Aerials - little black boxes developed by the British Aircraft Corporation for supersonic jets

The revolutionary Lincompex system designed by the GPO.  Research and engineered and produced by GEC

Automatic self-tuning transmitter developed by International Marine Radio Company


Remotely controlled transmitters

“For long distance communication there are three main transmitters of a type recently developed, specially designed to be remotely controlled from the wireless room, whilst for short distance radio telephone, ship to shore and ship to tug communication four VHF transmitter receivers are installed. “

Redifon manufactured main telegraph receivers and auto alarm unit

Muirhead picture transmitter installed for the transmission to the press and news agencies

International Marine Radio Company was responsible for the whole installation on QE2. They engineered and installed the system including the four simultaneous conversation and the two picture circuits

In the event of emergency adequate battery power transmitters installed aboard and in two of the lifeboats Marconi Salvare II is permanently fitted powered by nickel cadmium batteries supplied by Alkaline Batteries Limited. 

The Plessey PT 200 and the Diplomatic Wireless Service/ Marconi Piccolo systems were on trial to cater for the production of the Daily Telegraph on board. 

Have a look at the Cunard Press Release publication topic where you can read page on Radio Communications.  (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=9341.msg108906#msg108906)  I would also recommend you read the Radio Room topic  (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=4087.msg43631#msg43631)for more first hand accounts of the radio communications equipment in use on QE2
Title: Re: QE2 - a ship of many parts
Post by: June Ingram on Jun 14, 2020, 11:53 PM
Many thanks, Lynda, for all the work you are doing in gleaning valuable information by category from the press book ! It is very interesting and informative !  :)