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Online Bob C.

Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« on: Aug 14, 2019, 07:27 PM »
I have seen topics for the ship's anniversaries but haven't seen a topic for passengers celebrating QE2 anniversaries.  First time onboard, last time onboard, significant events onboard, all are fair game.

Online Bob C.

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #1 on: Aug 14, 2019, 07:32 PM »
Today marks the 50th anniversary of my and my family's first voyage on QE2.  An eastbound transatlantic crossing leaving New York on 14 August 1969.  I will post some pictures of that day and trip soon.  It was great to see her in her original configuration and decor (at least what I remember at age 6 1/2).  It became more meaningful when I heard the story behind the decor at the QE2 Launch 50th Anniversary celebration in Clydebank.

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Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2019, 01:41 AM »
Here's a few pictures unique to the early years, taken 50 years ago today, that include an onboard bon voyage party for family and friends not sailing, New York piers from the golden age of transatlantic travel advertising the line berthed at the piers and QE2's early, classic liner-mates SS United States (Pier 86) and SS Michelangelo (Pier 90 - QE2 was berthed at Pier 92).  Also included is a photo of the original waiter (Britannia Restaurant) and steward uniforms. 
« Last Edit: Aug 15, 2019, 01:53 AM by Bob C. »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2019, 09:51 AM »
Great memories and photos, Bob!

And... you have not even mentioned the original bow anchor! I wonder why it was hanging out?

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2019, 10:58 AM »
Love this topics Bob and thanks for sharing your photos which I am sure bring back memories for you.  I have a couple of anniversaries coming up at the end of August and start of September, so I will post on the dates.
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Online Andy Holloway

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2019, 11:10 AM »
Great memories and photos, Bob!

And... you have not even mentioned the original bow anchor! I wonder why it was hanging out?

As QE2 was in port possibly painting or maintenance, not much chance otherwise to check it.

Online Bob C.

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #6 on: Aug 21, 2019, 01:24 AM »
50 years ago today my family and I ended our eastbound transatlantic onboard QE2 arriving in Southampton via Cobh Ireland.  Here are a few photos from that day.

Online Bob C.

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #7 on: Aug 21, 2019, 01:25 AM »
We also had a crossing mate that came in a mile or two behind us...

Online Bob C.

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #8 on: Aug 21, 2019, 01:38 AM »
I found this photo online a few years ago.  Its very convenient to have the date attached to the photo to let one know when it was taken.  I'm the little kid somewhere in that photo  ;)


Photo credit as noted on photo and found on https://www.facebook.com/SSUSC/

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Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #9 on: Aug 21, 2019, 06:59 AM »
50 years ago today my family and I ended our eastbound transatlantic onboard QE2 arriving in Southampton via Cobh Ireland.  Here are a few photos from that day.

Congratulations on your anniversary Bob, and thanks for sharing it with us here over the years, it's been one of my favourite QE2 stories.  Fascinating to see SSUS coming in behind QE2.  Two great transatlantic liners, not that many years apart, but with completely different objectives in mind when conceived.
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Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #10 on: Aug 27, 2019, 02:17 AM »
Many thanks, Bob, for sharing your memories and photos !  :)
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Online Bob C.

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #11 on: Aug 15, 2021, 02:21 AM »
52 Years ago today - our first of 8 voyages on QE2.  Yes, she is that old.  And so am I. Lol!

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #12 on: Aug 15, 2021, 10:06 AM »
Wow 52 years since your first QE2 voyage, you should get a forum certificate!  :) 

This year was 24 years since our first voyage and it seems like just yesterday.
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

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Re: Passenger QE2 Anniversaries
« Reply #13 on: Aug 15, 2021, 03:05 PM »
50 years for me, think it was August!

 

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