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The QE2's Story (in-service) => Artwork and Heritage on board QE2 => Topic started by: Chris Frame on May 13, 2009, 02:12 PM

Title: The Magnificent Boston Cup/Britannia Cup (Heritage Trail)
Post by: Chris Frame on May 13, 2009, 02:12 PM
A marvellous piece of Cunard History the Cup will feature in our forthcoming QM2 book. I won't give away too much of its fascinating history however it was a very special part of QE2 that now resides aboard QM2 - saved from Dubai to continue its life within the Cunard family.

PS: Interesting fact - the plaque by the Boston Cup aboard QM2 is actually taken from QE2 and includes the "stop" number from when it formed part of her Heritage Trail - check it out next time :)

Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Malcolm on May 13, 2009, 02:41 PM
saved from Dubai to continue its life within the Cunard family.

And so it should be. I thought Cunard had sold everything but it looks as if some things might have been saved after all :)
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Louis De Sousa on May 13, 2009, 09:41 PM
Here is me and the cup in the old Columbia Restaurant.
Sorry for the dark picture.


Louis
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on May 15, 2009, 06:33 AM
Here's some info on the story of the Boston Cup: Here! (https://www.chriscunard.com/history-fleet/the-boston-cup/)

A more detailed story will be included in QM2: A Photographic Journey.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Cruisemarsh on Apr 13, 2010, 11:37 PM
Nice that it has been transferred to QM2 but it will always look better where it was on the wonderful QE2.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Apr 14, 2010, 10:04 AM
I will never forget the 'removal' of that wonderful cup to hand over to the QM2 after the tandem voyages in April 2004. We had a photo taken with it on that voyage Its even more spectacular out of the case  and close up......Even in her latter years the void left in the glass case near the yacht club never looked the same with out it.  Mind you I much preferred it in the Columbia restaurant ( which became Caronia)...It looked spectacular in there as the photo above with Louis.

I wonder if they ever found the lid yet??? It disappeared I think during a refit.

picture below taken with the magnificent cup.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on Jul 21, 2010, 07:57 AM
Was it heavy? :)
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Jul 21, 2010, 10:33 AM
Yes it was !! LOL  Would have been good if it was filled some yummy champagne wouldn't it?

Still wondering where the lid is!   Does anyone have it at home in the loft??
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on Jul 21, 2010, 02:22 PM
The lid has been lost since it was re - purchased and placed aboard Franconia (1967) and then QE2 in 1969.
Contrary to popular belief, the Cup was only ever carried on two Flagship vessels, QE2 and QM2 though it may have been aboard Britannia for a time. It is a mystery where the lid went. 
Title: Re: The magnificent Boston Cup
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 01, 2010, 06:35 PM
The Boston Cup transfer is a good example of items being passed on. Perhaps that is what should have happened.

The Boston Cup should be in the Grand Lobby or Britannia Restaurant IMO. No one notices it where it is :(
Title: Re: The magnificent Boston Cup
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Oct 01, 2010, 06:36 PM
Tell me about it Chris!
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 01, 2010, 07:31 PM
Very glad to see the cup the right way around with the inscription on the front not MG!
Glad the book work helped get that sorted! :)
Chris.
Title: Re: The magnificent Boston Cup
Post by: highlander0108 on Oct 01, 2010, 11:49 PM
The Boston Cup should be in the Grand Lobby or Britannia Restaurant IMO. No one notices it where it is :(

Agreed Chris!  I found it, honestly quite by accident, while onboard for the day in NYC this July. Now where is is located again??

(http://highlander0108.smugmug.com/Travel/Queen-Mary-2/07-01-10-New-York/Picture-220/920793118_hxgFw-M.jpg)
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Scott Ebersold on Oct 02, 2010, 03:50 AM
If I recall correctly its located just aft of the Chart Room in that little passageway leading to the central promenade and the Britannia Restaurant. 
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Stowaway2k on Oct 02, 2010, 05:16 AM
The lid has been lost since it was re - purchased and placed aboard Franconia (1967) and then QE2 in 1969.
Contrary to popular belief, the Cup was only ever carried on two Flagship vessels, QE2 and QM2 though it may have been aboard Britannia for a time. It is a mystery where the lid went.  You can read about it at the link: http://www.chriscunard.com/boston_cup.php



How do we know the Cup ever had a lid? 
Are there photos of the Cup on Franconia?
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 02, 2010, 10:16 AM
I must admit that I do not know where this cup was kept on QE2 during her final years...

I just have no memory of it at all...

It must have been a fairly prominent place, I imagine?
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Michael Gallagher on Oct 02, 2010, 10:29 AM
Prior to 1994 the Cup was in the Columbia (Caronia) Restaurant. From 1994 until until 1 May 2004 it was in a cabinet outside the Yacht Club. On 1 May 2004 in Southampton it was transferred to QM2 in a symbolic move to signify transfer of flagship status. We made QM2 wait four months before making her flagship ;)

In a ceremony in the Yacht Club Captain McNaught handed over the Cup to Commodore Warwick. The cup and guests were then transferred by boat from QE2 down to QM2 for lunch. After lunch QE2 sailed past QM2. All the guests were on deck and we played stirring patriotic songs and then as QE2 emerged from the mist I gave the nod to the Cruise Director and he slipped in a CD that played "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder which I had chosen. The guests were quite surprised at the sudden change of music but nothing was more appropriate than QE2 sailing past to that song with McNaught never letting go of the whistle as QE2, accompanied by a flotilla, went off to refit. Grown men and women, including the Deputy Prime Minister JOhn Prescott and Cunard President Pam Conover had tears in their eyes.

Two years later we did this again (QE2 sailing past). We played two songs for her: "You're Beautiful" (had to remember the clean version) by James Blunt and 'Forever Young' by Diana Ross!


On QE2 the Laconia Cup replaced the Boston Cup in the cabinet.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 02, 2010, 10:41 AM
On QE2 the Laconia Cup replaced the Boston Cup in the cabinet.

Thank you very much, Michael, for that story! It makes me glad I asked.

And now, you (figuratively) raise the Laconia Cup... What is this, and what is its history? Will it need a thread of its own?   ;)
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 27, 2010, 05:17 PM
I will never forget the 'removal' of that wonderful cup to hand over to the QM2 after the tandem voyages in April 2004.

There is a picture of the handover from Captain to Captain here :

http://www.oceanlinerlapelpins.com/QE2Page.html
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Feb 17, 2011, 10:00 PM
The Boston Cup looks quite magnificent when you see it in the handover photo and in Louis' photo when it was in the Columbia Restaurant.  I saw it when it was in the glass case but you could not fully appreciate it's splendour when it was behind glass.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on Feb 18, 2011, 06:44 AM
Interesting Fact: The plaque describing the Boston (Britannia) Cup aboard QM2 was the original plaque from QE2. It still has the "stop number" from QE2's heritage trail on it, as well as the stylised Cunard Lion used from 1994-1998.

Cheers,

Chris.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Feb 18, 2011, 09:26 AM
Lynda that photo of me with the Cup is in the Columbia not Caronia Restaurant.

Thanks Louis.  I am still confused about all the name changes of the restaurants.  Do you know what year the photo was taken?
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Feb 18, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Do you know what year the photo was taken ?

It was taken in 1993
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Rod on Oct 15, 2011, 11:16 PM
Have just found this thread.
One day when the Boston cup was being moved, one of the handles fell off and it was bought to the plumbers shop to see if they could repait it. The Hotel Service Engineer at the time, my boss, said yes of course. Call you when its ready. Unfortunately, said HSE, had spent one drink too many in the Anchor Bar. He melted a hole in the cup! The cup had to go ashore in Soton to be repaired at great expense.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 29, 2014, 11:26 PM
Wonderful to think that the history of the Boston cup has survived for nearly 175 years and following it's return to Cunard  was placed in the heritage trail on QE2 in 1994.  Wonderful to see it now on display onboard QM2. The cup commemorates the arrival of the RMS Britannia in Boston when Cunard selected this port for the transatlantic service.  :)
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 31, 2014, 06:06 PM
Yes, Lynda, it is indeed wonderful that the cup is on display on QM2.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Chris Frame on Feb 15, 2018, 08:31 AM
Hello from QM2!


I was so excited when we embarked to see that the Boston Cup and Laconia Cup have taken pride of place in the Grand Lobby aboard this great ship.


Both are on proud display in illuminated cabinets on the embarkation level, with the Boston Cup on the Port Side and Laconia Cup on the Starboard side.


I’ve attached images.
Title: Re: The Magnificent Boston Cup (Britannia Cup)
Post by: Andy Holloway on Feb 15, 2018, 10:31 AM
I think, and Michael will be able to confirm or deny, but wasn't the Boston Cup the only item of physical memorabilia that was transferred from QE2 to QM2? This, i think, was due to fire regulations in force at the time.