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The QE2's Story (in-service) => Service Life (1969 - 2008) => 1969 and the 1970s => Topic started by: CAP on Jun 09, 2013, 02:50 PM

Title: QE2 Sea Trials and 1969 Maiden Voyage Videos
Post by: CAP on Jun 09, 2013, 02:50 PM
Another short movie frm the British Movietone archives.  This is one of her departing Southampton with a few glimpses of the interior and is in colour!

Movietone QE2 Maiden Voyage:
http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Player.cfm?action=playVideo&assetno=69342

Note for some strange reason the link takes you into a loop and back to this topic.  However if you copy and paste the link in your browser it works. 

Two movietone videos as posted by Rob in later topic:


Title: Re: Maiden Voyage - Colour
Post by: Stowaway2k on Jun 10, 2013, 02:34 AM
there's some classic commentary in this video...

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...you don't feel you're traveling, you feel you've arrived.

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The QE2 sets out as a place that's good to be in.

Words that remained just as true for the next 39 years... and are still true today, I'm sure.

But this is my favorite...
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The ship will cross the Atlantic at the rate of 72,000 eggs-per-voyage.
72k epv  ;D
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Mar 08, 2014, 01:44 PM
Found this on YouTube today - Movietone footage of maiden voyage, don't think this has been posted before



I've not seen it before I don't think, it's superb, she's so beautiful and sleek looking there. She must have been a real shock after the earlier Queens.
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: riskygizmo on Mar 08, 2014, 04:50 PM
The film was already posted elsewhere on YouTube and mentioned in the Forum, under Design proposals for Hotel QE2 :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5706.msg57473.html#msg57473

"After all those months of setbacks, all that speculation, all the ballyhoo that was beginning to sound so hollow......"


Isn't history wonderful?
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: riskygizmo on Mar 08, 2014, 04:54 PM
I've thought this before, but never suggested it, would it not be sensible to have an index of film links so that duplication can be avoided?
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Mar 08, 2014, 06:57 PM
I've thought this before, but never suggested it, would it not be sensible to have an index of film links so that duplication can be avoided?

It's a great idea. Can you visualise how it might work?
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 10, 2014, 05:35 PM
This is indeed a marvelous video.  I had seen it before in black and white but not in colour.  Our QE2 never loses her sense of "awesomeness" and I suspect she never will !  It is a spectacular video !  It would be very good to start work on a film index for archival purposes as well.  One way might be to start an index of links to films based on when the film was taken, not when it was posted.  Alan, any thoughts on this ?  June
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 (colour video)
Post by: Alan Snelson on Mar 11, 2014, 05:39 PM
Hi June,

There is work going on behind the scenes at the moment to try to work out the best way to put such an index of videos together. Keep watching the forum (as I know you do) and hopefully we will have something sorted out soon.

Alan
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 11, 2014, 05:48 PM
Thank you, Alan, very much !  June
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 23, 2014, 08:05 PM
British Pathe video footage on Youtube of maiden voyage

Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 14, 2014, 08:07 PM
British Pathe video footage on Youtube of maiden voyage


Really awesome footage of the new QE2!
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 14, 2014, 08:32 PM
This is truly awesome footage of our QE2 !  Thank you, Lynda and Rob !
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: June Ingram on May 01, 2015, 06:09 PM
Tomorrow, 2 May is the anniversary of our beloved QE2's Maiden Transatlantic Crossing.  Earlier in this topic are some marvelous videos which are worth revisiting to celebrate this special date in our QE2's history. 
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: cunardqueen on May 01, 2015, 07:08 PM
Ironically met up with a friend from Caithness who l hadnt seen since 1986, he was on the Maiden Voyage of QE2 and came back on the SS United States.
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 10, 2015, 08:02 PM
Here's more 1969 Colour Maiden Voyage video

British Movietone



Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: June Ingram on Aug 10, 2015, 08:25 PM
These are wonderful, Rob !  Thanks for posting them. 
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: pete cain on Aug 10, 2015, 08:34 PM
Wow, Ford Anglias, Vauxhall Cresta A lady on the dockside blowing up baloons, no Hi-vis jackets,  flat hats,Train directly alongside, Parcels van with destination chalked on side of coachwork, I could go on,   but above it all ---- QE2, magnificent, & what was asked ? will she make a profit, little did they know, & look how it all ended up, so unnecessary :'(
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 02, 2016, 11:30 AM
On the anniversary of QE2's 1969 Maiden voyage (2 - 7 May 1969)enjoy the fabulous videos on this topic that show the passengers and crew.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5451.msg62129.html#msg62129
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: June Ingram on May 02, 2016, 06:01 PM
Thank you very much, Lynda, for posting the link to these great videos on the anniversary of QE2's maiden voyage to New York.

A toast to our beloved QE2 ! - Forever Queen of the Seas !!
Title: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: trevorc on Mar 08, 2017, 03:50 PM
Hello! I have found two interesting videos dating back to her first few years. Please correct me if I got the years wrong!

This first one is a trial from 1968

This one is the maiden voyage from 1969

Enjoy!  :)
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 14, 2017, 11:45 PM
A short, silent video of the start of QE2's Maiden Voyage
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/maiden-voyage-of-the-qe2
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: trevorc on Aug 15, 2017, 03:19 AM
A short, silent video of the start of QE2's Maiden Voyage
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/maiden-voyage-of-the-qe2

Thanks, Rosie!
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Brandon Sterkel on Aug 15, 2017, 05:17 AM
What an interesting find, Rosie!
Title: Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: Philippe Spanner on May 29, 2018, 04:46 AM
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
   
Title: Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 29, 2018, 08:13 AM
What a wonderful memory, Philippe! I would have loved to have been there when you played that trumpet :) .

Did you sail QE2 in between those two great events too?
Title: Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: Twynkle on May 29, 2018, 08:21 AM
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
 

Hello Philippe Spanner and a very warm Welcome!
What an amazing story!
This is definitely one which will be helping hugely in keeping the legend of QE2 very much alive!
The Maiden voyage must have been a great experience, and the Tandem crossing with QM2 as well - just guessing here that your own QE2 story could have been very interesting too! 

Was your trumpet on board because you were one of the ship's musicians - and, do you know whether the bugle had always been a permanent fixture in the Pig?
Rosie





Title: Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: Thomas Hypher on May 29, 2018, 03:36 PM
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
 



Welcome onboard Philippe! A great QE2 story! I was on the tandem voyage, on QM2, but unfortunately cannot remember hearing a Bugle. When did you play the Bugle on that voyage? When the two ships came closer together on the final sea day and saluted each other?
Title: Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
Post by: Philippe Spanner on May 30, 2018, 06:10 AM
I joined QE2 while the ship was in dry dock, then a trip to Gibraltar followed by the maiden voyage. I was on board for nearly 2 years, then met my wife to be, and never went back. She was a 13 year old schoolgirl.
  Her father left the Queen Mary when he met his wife to be, he is in his 80's now. I never imagined I would ever leave the QE2 but was the start of a very happy marriage.
 I played the bugle as we left New York and on the last day as both ships were alongside. QE2 on Starboard, QM2 on port. We faintly heard a cheer from QM2 as we got quite close, not necessarily from my playing. 
 I worked in the kitchen peeling potatoes and onions when I started, then worked up to assistant cook then waiter in the Britannia restaurant. On one trip I was asked if I would serve Sir Basil Smallpiece ( chairman of Cunard) who wanted to experience the service in Britannia. From spud peeling to serving Sir Basil in one year.
  The bugle was owned by the barman of the pig and whistle. We decided one day to swop instruments but keeping our own mouthpieces. When the mouthpiece was being taken off the bugle it broke the neck, then it became mine. I repaired it years later.
  I made a scrapbook of life on board and viewed by Captain Warwick on the last trip.
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 25, 2019, 04:35 PM
We received a very interesting story from a forum guest who lives in USA.  Her Mum was onboard QE2's maiden voyage to travel to USA to be married - see story below

Does anyone have photos of people on the Maiden Voyage when the ship sailed into New York? 

It would be fantastic if we could help with this enquiry. 

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I came across your website on facebook. I am looking for some help.

My mother, Renuka Amin, was on the maiden voyage of the QE2. Her brothers bought her a ticket to sail to the USA to meet my father, and be married 4 days after arriving in NYC.

She traveled alone, but speaks so fondly of the journey and the anticipation of starting a new life in a new country.

There are no surviving pictures or documents of her on the ship. As my parents are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, I am desperately trying to find photographs or video footage of her. Here's what I know-

She was on the front on deck of the ship upon arriving in NYC to enjoy the celebrations.
She wore a light blue/green sari with a brown coat on the day, her hair in a beehive

My parents have lived a wonderful American dream life and this maiden passage was the start of it all. Any direction you can provide would bring so much joy.
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Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 02, 2019, 10:17 AM
What better way to celebrate QE2's maiden voyage than to enjoy viewing these videos. 

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=5451.msg55278#msg55278
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
Post by: Chris Frame on May 02, 2019, 04:04 PM
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Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
Post by: Bob C. on May 03, 2019, 02:47 AM
Here's more 1969 Colour Maiden Voyage video

British Movietone




Just found this one last night on YouTube.  Looks like someone beat me to posting it - by many years!
Title: Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 25, 2020, 12:03 PM
Another short movie frm the British Movietone archives.  This is one of her departing Southampton with a few glimpses of the interior and is in colour!

Movietone QE2 Maiden Voyage:
http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Player.cfm?action=playVideo&assetno=69342

Note for some strange reason the link takes you into a loop and back to this topic.  However if you copy and paste the link in your browser it works. 


Mods - Ocean liner QEII maiden voyage - Queen Elizabeth 2 - 1969
This video isn't working here - however it can be found in Rob's post below!