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Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #40 on: Nov 11, 2010, 09:32 AM »
Rosie, thanks for the reminder of her anniversary of leaving Southampton which does not seem like two years ago. Here is the report on the BBC page on 11 November 2008. 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7723073.stm

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« Reply #41 on: Nov 11, 2010, 05:04 PM »
Probably not the right place to post this, but isn't it 2 years today since she left Southampton for the final time? :'(

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« Reply #42 on: Nov 11, 2010, 05:48 PM »
Probably not the right place to post this, but isn't it 2 years today since she left Southampton for the final time? :'(

Yes citrail, it was exactly at this time 2 years ago that she was backing up towards the swinging ground for the fireworks...
One of the coldest, bone-chilling evenings, dark and curiously, the water was still. it was quiet too until the fireworks and then QE2's response with her mighty blasts. These seemed to growl over the water, as she became more and more enveloped in firework smoke.

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« Last Edit: Nov 22, 2020, 01:13 PM by Lynda Bradford »
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 #43 on: Jan 31, 2011, 06:10 PM »
Hi Rob,

 Here is a link to a video of the QE2 departing from Sothamton for Dubai for the last time.--

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/QE2-Leaves-Southampton-For-Dubai-Where-It-Will-Be-Transformed-Into-A-Floating-Hotel/Video/200811215149600

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« Reply #44 on: Feb 04, 2011, 12:04 PM »
During QE2's last day I was at home, but thankgoodness for the internet and the Print Screen Button.  I took several copies or images during this day and below is the collection i managed to get.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=82287&id=500295109&l=d9151755b6

And these are the two videos I made to celebrate the QE2.

(and now Ive just nearly started crying watching that again.)

(this video uses a seletion of pictures I found on google and my own.)


Offline Chris Frame

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« Reply #45 on: Feb 04, 2011, 02:00 PM »
Great collection of stills Lauren!

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« Reply #46 on: Feb 11, 2011, 03:56 AM »
I rediscovered this news clip:


Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #47 on: Feb 11, 2011, 10:09 AM »
I never tire of seeing clips of QE2 and remember my emotions when I watched her leave  Southampton.But never give up hope that one day she will return to UK. 

The section that shows the Queen name and launch the ship you can see what looks like the Queen wiping away a tear from her eye, then turning to Princess Margaret who is smiling.  I had never noticed that before when watching launch videos. 
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Online Michael Gallagher

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« Reply #48 on: Feb 11, 2011, 11:44 AM »
Lynda - Newspapers the next day claimed the Queen had wept as the new ship entered the Clyde, and that Prince Philip took a white handkerchief from his pocket and handed it to her. The Queen exclaimed ‘Oh, look at her, she’s beautiful.’

Interestingly, perhaps the only other time the Queen was seen in public 'emotional' and with what looked like tears was when she bade farewell to HMY Britannia during the special service held during which Britannia sailed off.

Something about ships and the sea?
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Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #49 on: Feb 11, 2011, 12:04 PM »
. The Queen exclaimed ‘Oh, look at her, she’s beautiful.’



Truer words have never been spoken!
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #50 on: Feb 13, 2011, 10:58 PM »
Brilliant Clip, thanks for resurrecting it for us Chris.
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« Reply #51 on: Feb 16, 2011, 01:00 PM »
I manged to get a seat on a Blue Funnel boat that ended up staying just off the QE2's stbd bow for the whole departure and fireworks.  Very emotional.
Never will there be another ship's whistle capable of sending such shivers up and down my spine.  I'm really glad that I plucked up the courage to ask if I could operate it - Capt Bates kindly let me do the honours as we left Lisbon on the last contract I did on board....
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #52 on: Aug 30, 2011, 11:57 AM »
Here is a new video of her final departure from Southampton :

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Half an hour's viewing is in store for you :)  .
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« Reply #53 on: Aug 30, 2011, 09:22 PM »
That's a nice video of the QE2 final departure from Southampton on the 11th November 2008!
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #54 on: Nov 11, 2011, 10:47 AM »
Three years ago today everybody...
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Online Bob C.

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 11, 2011, 12:36 PM »
Sigh...

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« Reply #56 on: Nov 11, 2011, 03:13 PM »
Three years ago today everybody...
Sigh...

QE2 and the firework display in honour of her departure - Mayflower Park, Southampton

IMG_0246 by twynkle1, on Flickr

There was a smaller display specially arranged by Cunard as the shoreside staff made their farewells
This was particularly moving, and I'm sorry as the image below doesn't do it justice

IMG_0285 by twynkle1, on Flickr

Then beneath her great Mast, we saw the Scots!

IMG_0357 by twynkle1, on Flickr

By now she was on her way...amidst music, whistles and fireworks

IMG_0297 by twynkle1, on Flickr

It was as if it was all too sad, so she'd picked up speed -
and overtook us at probably more than the speed limit in the channel...
someone mentioned 28kts, it seemed like even more!

IMG_0398 by twynkle1, on Flickr

  
« Last Edit: Nov 11, 2011, 03:23 PM by Twynkle »
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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« Reply #57 on: Nov 11, 2011, 05:34 PM »
Quote
  It was as if it was all too sad, so she'd picked up speed -
and overtook us at probably more than the speed limit in the channel...
someone mentioned 28kts, it seemed like even more!
   
Funny you mention her picking up speed l was on Red Jet 4 and l think second but last to leave her, there was a massive increase in speed and off she went..we turned round and headed back..somewhat sad and stunned.
I do wonder how the shoreside party went in the terminal building, it appeared to be just starting as l left.....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #58 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:07 PM »
Lovely photo's rosie--i have saved the ones of the red lights on the mast for reference regarding the model i am building.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #59 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:08 PM »
She was doing 30 knots very quickly after leaving. The simple reason being that she was well behind schedule by that point. Watching the ais thing was very emotional, i assumed at the time the engineers were trying to make a point...
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