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Online Lynda Bradford

Queen Mary 2 - Twenty Years
« on: Mar 22, 2023, 10:28 AM »
21 March 2023 marked the 20th Anniversary of Queen Mary 2 leaving the building dock and moving into the fitting out basin.  It would not be until December 2003 that she was handed over to Cunard ready for her naming ceremony by HM Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004 before departing on her Maiden voyage on 12 January 2004. 

In 2004 QE2 was still Queen of the seas and no one would have predicted that within a few years Cunard would announce the sale of the ship to Dubai. 

Next year - 2024 Cunard's new ship Queen Anne will take to the seas, offering an updated design, but let's hope that Queen Mary 2 remains a favourite for Cunard passengers and sails for many more years. 

I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank

Offline John Grace

Re: Queen Mary 2 - Twenty Years
« Reply #1 on: Mar 27, 2023, 12:36 AM »
I remember that early morning well as at the time I was the Technical Manager for her construction in St. Nazaire.... it was foggy, the sides of the river close to the building dock were lined with people eager to get a sight of the ship that had dominated local news and business for a year or more... she was pulled out of the dock by tugs to form a ghostly image on the water, a cluster of lights in the upper levels at either end of the superstructure still under construction. As daylight came she was cajoled into the finishing dock and positioned on the blocks so the process of pumping out the dock could be started. Normally there would be no need for the ship to be sitting high and dry but in the QM2's case she had yet to be fitted with her podded propulsion units which had been delayed because of "quality" issues during their fabrication. For a while, without any pods, she was the largest barge or vessel without propulsion in the world.

Before her arrival into the fitting out dock (which had been the dock in which supertankers were built) the shipyard had to drain the dock so they could assess the amount of silt in its bottom.... the silt covered the entire dock floor to height of several meters. It took some time, weeks, for it to be removed using various pieces of earth moving machinery and dump trucks.

Offline Rod

Re: Queen Mary 2 - Twenty Years
« Reply #2 on: Mar 27, 2023, 02:15 PM »
That is a great very, very, eerie pic, the pics that Sherlock Holmes movies start with!

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Queen Mary 2 - Twenty Years
« Reply #3 on: Mar 27, 2023, 03:39 PM »
Thanks John for sharing the background information about the reason QM2 went into dry dock and the operation to remove several metres of silt from the dry dock floor.

Fascinating stuff!
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank


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