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Online Michael Gallagher

Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #100 on: Jun 16, 2013, 02:10 PM »
Jacqui Hodgson, currently Hotel Manager on Queen Elizabeth, went down to the Falklands on QE2.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #101 on: Jun 16, 2013, 02:44 PM »
Jacqui Hodgson, currently Hotel Manager on Queen Elizabeth, went down to the Falklands on QE2.

That's fantastic to hear that there is still that sort of link 30 years later. It would be great to hear more of her story. Do you think she'd share it with us?
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #102 on: Jun 30, 2013, 09:39 AM »
Was Cunard paid for QE2's time out of commercial service during the conversion, active service and subsequent decommissioning for the campaign? If so, on what basis?


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« Reply #103 on: Jun 30, 2013, 09:49 AM »
Cunard received a daily pre-agareed rate for each day she was a STUFT and a different daily rate for the period she was being converted back to passenger service. The Government covered the costs of returning structures to their origianl condition (ie removal of helipads) but did not cover soft furnishings or things like Cunard turning the Spa into the Golden Door, the first phase of the Club Lido  and any other 'changes' along those lines.

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« Reply #104 on: Jun 30, 2013, 11:41 AM »
Presumably, like earlier requisitions, the rate was calculated from a combination of the vessels speed and GWT.  Therefore, the rules being consistent and applicable to all commercial vessels called up?

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #105 on: Jul 23, 2013, 11:15 PM »
The BBC are looking for crew members who were on board QE2 when she sailed for the Falklands Conflict for a programme they are making .

Can any crew members who were on board, and who want to talk to the BBC, please contact me for further information.

Thanks,

- Rob

The BBC researcher has not taken the courtesy to reply to me, however I understand from Michael at Cunard that they elected to do a feature based on the Canberra's band instead.

I suspect, therefore, that all the emails and correspondence was a waste of my/our time, but as soon as they confirm this for sure, I'll let you know.

It was only a proposed project, and we gave it our best shot, and we put them in touch with lots of quality contacts.
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« Reply #106 on: Jul 25, 2013, 09:15 AM »
The BBC decided to reunited the band that went down to the Falklands on the Canberra and some P&O nurses. Although the reuniting took place on Queen Mary 2!

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« Reply #107 on: Jul 26, 2013, 06:49 PM »
The Beeb may have re-thought their film about the Falklands, but ITV news are having a week of articles celebrating 175 years of Cunard, starting with this.

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2013-07-25/cunards-losses/

I don't know if the vid will play outside the UK, though.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #108 on: Jul 26, 2013, 07:07 PM »
The Beeb may have re-thought their film about the Falklands, but ITV news are having a week of articles celebrating 175 years of Cunard, starting with this.

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2013-07-25/cunards-losses/

I don't know if the vid will play outside the UK, though.

Thanks, didn't know about this at all! Quite a scoop for Cunard! Looking forward to following it through the week.
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« Reply #109 on: Jul 26, 2013, 10:01 PM »
It does Risky...Thanks!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #110 on: May 19, 2014, 10:09 PM »
Just wanted to mention that our QE2 sailed off to the Falklands last Monday, May 12 in 1982. 
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #111 on: May 19, 2014, 10:11 PM »
Just wanted to mention that our QE2 sailed off to the Falklands last Monday, May 12 in 1982.

Thanks June. Our QE2 has so many anniversaries! :)
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« Reply #112 on: May 19, 2014, 10:14 PM »
I did not forget!

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #113 on: May 19, 2014, 10:14 PM »
"The QE2 is one of the last great transatlantic liners, and arguably the most famous liner in the world"

"QE2 and Concorde, a partnership that lasted almost 30 years... two stunning pieces of engineering, never to be forgotten!"

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #114 on: May 20, 2014, 02:06 PM »
I did not forget!

Rod, I knew you would not forget !
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2014, 05:38 PM »
Rob's right as any ship with a UK port of registry can be commandeered by the Government in time of war if needed.  In the unlikely event Britain were to face another Falkands type situation requiring large scale maritime forces then it is entirely feasible that both QM2 and QV could be taken up in the same way as their illustrious predecessors and used in a troop carrying capacity.  I say unlikely because it is doubtful there would be sufficient RN capability available to mount another campaign of the magnitude seen in '82 but yes, it's entirely possible should the need arise. 

To be honest, I don't think Argentina can launch an attack either. They've cut their military far more than the UK has.
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« Reply #116 on: May 20, 2014, 10:14 PM »
Rod, I knew you would not forget !
June and all, It is hard to forget such a life changing event. Being issued a Prisoner of War card, to be carried at all times, "just show it to your captors, they will respect it"  Yeah right!!!! At a certain point, ALL ships company, came under Military Discipline, cannot remember the exact date, but that allowed us, for certain transgressions, to be tried by Court Martial and SHOT! That kind of had an impact too!

BTW in the write up under Risky Gizmos vid...Atlantic Conveyor was not torpedoed, it was hit by an Exocet missile.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #117 on: May 21, 2014, 03:28 PM »
Thank you, Rod, very much for your post and information and remembrances !  June
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #118 on: May 21, 2014, 03:47 PM »
Thank you, Rod, very much for your post and information and remembrances !  June

I second that.
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« Reply #119 on: May 23, 2014, 06:55 PM »
Thank you very much Rod!


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