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Mostly it was the music on 11.11 that made it even more ache-ingly sad.  We heard singing – Auld lang syne, Rule Britannia, Land of hope and glory, then the fireworks, very loud, and more singing as we sailed alongside from the Terminal Building up to the Swinging Ground and on through Southampton Water –more Auld lang syne, Sailing, and My way – others will remember more.  The tears still …


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This link of 'Time to say....' is filmed in NY


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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #1 on: Feb 16, 2009, 05:47 PM »
Mostly it was the music on 11.11 that made it even more ache-ingly sad. 



As QE2 sailed past the Hythe Pier for the final time, a bugler on the pier head played "Close of Day", or "Taps"

It was heart-achingly appropriate.  No doubt anyone on QE2's decks would have heard it.

I wish I had my video camera recording at that time, it would have been nice to have had this moment preserved

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #2 on: Feb 27, 2009, 01:56 PM »
Here is a video of a news report that is on Youtube of the QE2 leaving Southampton for the last time



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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #3 on: Apr 23, 2009, 01:15 PM »
Hi guys
Apols if this has already been posted somewhere else, but it is an interesting and moist poignant read:-
http://www.maritimematters.com/qe2_pdempsey_seamemory.html

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #4 on: Apr 23, 2009, 01:43 PM »

Good find, Gill- it's a great account.
Thank you for posting it.

This, and with AndyF's Farewell to QE2; they both make good reading
about the almost unbearable sadness we experienced there that night. :'(

Does anyone know if Patricia Dempsey would be interested in the Forum?
Maybe she's had a look already!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2009, 05:57 PM »
I found these video clips of QE2's final night at Southampton.

Click Watch again: BBC South's QE2 farewell.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire/history/local_history/qe2/index.shtml

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I watch it quite a bit. I did get emotional when i saw it. There was no dry eye in the house.
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Offline Avariel

Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009, 06:42 PM »
I remember watching it live - via web streaming. THAT night. (and of course we don't tell my parents I was up till 4+am watching the farewell, since I had an assignment due in class the next day.)

I find it hard to go back and watch it again. I get upset and then people around me wonder what has happened.

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 12:23 AM »
I did get emotional when i saw it. There was no dry eye in the house.
It was pretty emotional being there also  :'(
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2009, 02:11 AM »
I only wish I was there to have witnessed it myself. Thankfully Andy F's magnificent photographs were like being there...

If I may...



See the sets here - superb! https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyfitzsimmons/3042745220/in/set-72157609401491851/

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2009, 09:55 PM »
 Yes it was a very emotional day - i was there from when the QE2 docked ( slightly late!) until she finally sailed away into the darkness. It was a very long day - drove down from Yorkshire the day before - in pouring rain had an early night then got up at 3.30am to sail out on the Shieldhall .
As you may know she didnt get away as planned but we got a superb grandstand view as the QE2 turned in front of us. A cruise up the Solent allowed opportunities to view the QE2 at her berth. The weather was excellent that day and the poppy drop was an emotional moment - the QE2's last ever day in her home port on the 11th of November was a special moment for all who witnessed it. I spent the day crossing on the Hythe ferry ( an excellent excursion wondeful views of a liner at the QE terminal) and watched with a heavy heart as the sun set on her for the last time.
To finish off the day i went on the red eagle charter which allowed a superb view of the last trip up the Solent, the firewoks were wonderful , you could nearly cross the solent on all the vessels large and small that accompanied her-we were the last vessel to stay with her and i watched along with many others as the QE2 sailed off into the darkness - not moving from the stern until the last spec of light disappeared into the night. It then became a shock to the system to realise that this was it - the end of an era, one that i am sure we will never see again.
I then had a long drive into the night - it gave time to look back and remember the wonderful times i had spent on the QE2 i finally arrived home at 3.30 am in the morning - very tired but so glad that i was there to say goodbye to the icon - the one and only beautiful lady -my beloved Queen Elizabeth 2.
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #10 on: Nov 11, 2009, 08:40 AM »
Farewell to Southampton
RMS Queen Eilizabeth 2 - her final farewell to Southampton on Tuesday, 11th November 2008.
Filmed  in 2 parts from SS Shieldhall



With thanks to Marcus2s
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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #11 on: Nov 28, 2009, 06:06 PM »
The last time I left the QE2 in October 2008 I touched her panelling inside the Midship Lobby and whispered goodbye as I did the other two times I was aboard.  Maybe we've all done that at some point whether we sailed on her or not...when I was aboard the Red Eagle as she turned back to Southampton I watched the distance between the QE2 and us grow further and further apart until I could just make her on the horizon......and then I said goodbye...then I turned away and went inside because I was so cold!

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« Reply #12 on: Nov 29, 2009, 08:45 PM »
I was on Red Eagle too & just managed to stay on deck until QE2 was a dot on the horizon.
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #13 on: Nov 30, 2009, 01:17 PM »
I was on one of the three Mamarine charters who were the last vessels to escort her out of the Solent.  We raced alongside her out to the Forts and at 21:40 took our last close up view of her rear before turning around to head back home.  All this time I sat on the open top wrapped in my ski jacket and winter boots, never moving to ensure I saw her for as long as possible.  We could see the lights of the QE2 for a good 20 minutes after we turned and everyone on board sat in silence with their eyes glued to them as she disappeared.  It was eerie and as if something had been removed from this little group of people which could never be returned.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #14 on: Jan 21, 2010, 07:25 PM »
QE2 Final Departure November 11th 2008

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Thanks to Aaron1912
(If this was posted on 11.11, this can be deleted... :'()
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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Online Michael Gallagher

Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #15 on: Jan 28, 2010, 10:49 AM »
I compiled a personal CD which the Cruise Director played over the ship's loudspeakers as she backed off the QEII Terminal and drifted toward Mayflower Park. So as she was drifting and waiting for her firework finale the passengers on board were treated to (in order):

Time to Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman)
Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
You're Beautiful (James Blunt) - had to make sure I used the 'clean' version!
Forever Young (Diana Ross)
The Day Before You Came (Abba)

Originally I asked Captain McNaught to just have her drift from the QEII Terminal quietly as wanted to save all the whistle blowing until after the fireworks - thought that would be more dramatic. But just as we were casting off he looked at me and said "we can't go without blowing the whistle". The whistle was blown once long and proud and then she commenced her drift.......

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #16 on: Jan 28, 2010, 12:03 PM »
Michael..... I was on Town Quay and I filmed the whole fireworks display in a single unbroken sequence ( as well as some of the preceeding and subsequent moments ).  When I get time, I'll get the QE2 bits edited separately from the family stuff on the same DVD and I'll make it available. :)
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #17 on: Jan 28, 2010, 04:35 PM »
Hello!
Thank you, Michael.
We heard your music  (albeit faintly - being down wind)
from alongside, beneath the midships bit of QE2
It sounded very sad - and very appropriate.
We waited for what seemed a long time till she cast off -
it was still, and almost silent, before the sound of QE2 'long and proud'!

Later, as she gained speed, past and beyond the Terminal,  we could clearly hear Auld Lang Syne, Land of hope and Glory - possibly Sailing and My Way.
Then it seemed that there were very few people on the open decks...
I often wonder whether those on board found it too cold and painful to stay out - Watching.

I have some short video clips...not very good ones.  
If I can find one with your music - I'll do my best to post it.
I wonder whether the 'Departing Southampton' part of the voyage has been recorded from on board QE2?
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #18 on: Feb 11, 2010, 11:20 AM »
We were lucky enough to get tickets for the SS Shieldhall through the Ocean Liner Society. We drove down from Yorkshire the night before, in time for a very early start as the plan was to head out into the Solent and escort QE2 to her berth. Unfortunately news soon came in that she'd grounded and try as we might, we just couldn't get away from our berth anyway due to the wind - even despite the best efforts of a tug. However, despite this, we were eventually treated to a grandstand view when QE2 turned in front of us and we were were well placed for the RAF Harriers tribute later in the day. This was our first time on the Shieldhall and despite her somewhat inglorious past as a sludge carrier, she is absolutely delightful, especially the atmospheric wood-pannelled bridge. Without a doubt it was an absolutely brilliant and fitting way to wave the QE2 off and I will always treasure the memory of the whistle exchanges between these two great ships as the QE2 sped up behind us, overtook and eventually disappered from view. There was not a dry eye to be seen anywhere.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #19 on: Feb 11, 2010, 12:35 PM »
My humble collection of photographs...

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The first series is taken from a Red Funnel ferry arriving from Cowes, and the rest from the Shieldhall.

During the fireworks, Shieldhall was some distance away from QE2, so it wasn't really possible to get decent shots with my little point-and-shoot camera, or for QE2's departure from the moving Shieldhall.  That's my excuse anyway.
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