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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #60 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:24 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...

Rob - It must have been very hard for you, as you tracked her out of Southampton
Did you by any chance manage to get a screen grab from the ais?
It would be interesting to see too, which small boats were marked, as well as their position

It seemed so incredibly quiet on the water just before we turned to come back - one of the last boats she would have seen ahead was the tug acting as a fire-boat with hoses of greenly lit water
It's 6.15 as I write now - and I guess that at the same time then, she'd be nearly on her way....

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Do you remember what time Cunard's fireworks were set off?
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #61 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:25 PM »
On that day one million poppies were dropped over her

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7720966.stm

I remember that day very well. It was a Tuesday and it was really nice sunny weather. I taped a recording on Sky News of her leaving which I think was 7 o'clock. Sadly the DVD I taped it on isn't working. :'( On the ITV show Loose Women the QE2 was mentioned at the beginning which was a lovely touch.

On that night I was really sad as it was now for real that she was not coming back. The next day at a day centre for the elderly which I volunteer some of us talked about it and some were saying how she should be here. At another day centre (which I started earlier this year) for the past few weeks I've been showing my model of QE2 which they love, aswell as the wonderful book called The QE2 Story with lovely pictures in it showing them this beautiful ship. Many of them were saying how lovely and regal she looks. One of the members went on QE2 and he loved the ship and the voyage.
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« Reply #62 on: Nov 11, 2011, 06:44 PM »
I remember sitting in Lone Gerd's saloon watching live tv coverage. The BBC had it on red button and I watched her on the AIS on our bridge navigation computer until she had left our waters. A sad day!

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« Reply #63 on: Nov 11, 2011, 08:11 PM »
I was in the office, having just arrived that morning from an all-night flight, with my eyelids dropping...

I had found the BBC live webstream and could not tear myself away from it and the Southampton AIS -- and so I stayed in the office, and stayed and stayed... and only left when she had well and truly sailed away on her final voyage. All the while, I was in touch by SMSes flying to and fro, with a friend on board SS Shieldhall, seeing her off. Stephen Payne was there too and spoke on the PA system for a while.

And finally, once home, I chatted with Rob by telephone, as he was following her on the wider AIS, realising how fast she was travelling at the time!

I was glad though, somehow, that I was not in Southampton -- I really appreciated her farewell on the Clyde, and found this a fitting end to my decade with QE2.   :'(

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #64 on: Nov 11, 2011, 11:29 PM »
Rob - It must have been very hard for you, as you tracked her out of Southampton
Did you by any chance manage to get a screen grab from the ais?
It would be interesting to see too, which small boats were marked, as well as their position


I recall seeing the track showing the speed being posted on the forum previously, but I can't remember who posted it.  But it does exist.
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« Reply #65 on: Nov 12, 2011, 03:49 AM »
Well as you're all aware last night was three years to the day since our beloved ship left Southampton.

Here's a few snippets from that day:

Final Arrival

Final Day and Poppy Drop

A Final Farewell

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She was, this time three years ago, en route to this welcome from Dubai:


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Still get a lump in my throat thinking of her final arrival.

This topic is an area for us all to reminisce on those final voyage memories - whether you're there aboard the ship, or at home three years ago watching on webcam and reading the stories via blogs.

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #66 on: Nov 12, 2011, 12:04 PM »
I was in the office, having just arrived that morning from an all-night flight, with my eyelids dropping...

I had found the BBC live webstream and could not tear myself away from it and the Southampton AIS -- and so I stayed in the office, and stayed and stayed... and only left when she had well and truly sailed away on her final voyage. All the while, I was in touch by SMSes flying to and fro, with a friend on board SS Shieldhall, seeing her off. Stephen Payne was there too and spoke on the PA system for a while.

And finally, once home, I chatted with Rob by telephone, as he was following her on the wider AIS, realising how fast she was travelling at the time!

I was glad though, somehow, that I was not in Southampton -- I really appreciated her farewell on the Clyde, and found this a fitting end to my decade with QE2.   :'(

Hello Isabelle,

You must have been so tired as well as sad. However, you might have been warm, it was somewhat chilly on the water!
It's good to know that the BBC did live streaming, I wonder where they filmed her from?

Fortunately I have, like others, absolutely no regrets about taking one last chance to see her. To see her sailing, something that when she's in port, or when on board, and to see her at night too; we'd not had experienced seeing her like that ever before - even though it was her natural way of doing things! Although, the deep feeling of sadness and loss, particularly for the following weeks were, and to some extent still are profound.

The redeeming feature was Rob's invitation, a short time later, to take a look at 'this (TQS), something you might be interested in'. It's been wonderful not only to have known QE2, it continues to be unexpectedly good to be provided with, as well as to be part of, something that seems to be so much associated with the spirit of her too.
Thanks to you, Rob, Mods and All! 
Rosie
 
« Last Edit: Nov 12, 2011, 12:14 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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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #67 on: Nov 14, 2011, 09:58 PM »
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.....


I was on the Red Funnel ferry (Red Osprey I think) out of Southampton on that final day & I beleive we were the last vessel to stay with her as long as possible. Gave 3 whistles as we stopped before turning back but got no reply that time. Most of us stayed on deck watching until we could no longer see her in the distance.  I recorded the BBC South Today programme so I could watch it all again after I got home.
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #68 on: Nov 14, 2011, 11:26 PM »
I was on the Red Funnel ferry (Red Osprey I think) out of Southampton on that final day & I beleive we were the last vessel to stay with her as long as possible.
Absolutely Muppet, though it was Red Eagle not Osprey that accompanied her the furthest and like you, I was there also.  An unbelievably sad yet unforgettable evening.
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #69 on: Aug 17, 2013, 10:36 PM »
The video of the BBC recording of QE2's final sailing from Southampton.
Hopefully it'll be of interest to everyone offshore!



Thanks for 21.36 minutes to 365n4
« Last Edit: Aug 17, 2013, 10:46 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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 #70 on: Nov 11, 2015, 01:19 PM »
Perhaps it's timely to remember how much QE2 was in our thoughts then - The trip over the Brambles, tying up and parking, the patient wait alongside whilst the final stores were stowed, the interest from the crowds, the Royal Visit, the poppies, the escort , the jumping up and down 'things' on the quayside, the Band(?) the music after sailaway, the fireworks, all amounting to one of the saddest farewells that we can recall.

Is it possible to add your thoughts - whereabouts in the world were you?
Were you there?  Were you on the ship, down below - or in Southampton - at work, at home....
« Last Edit: Nov 11, 2015, 01:24 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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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #71 on: Nov 11, 2015, 06:16 PM »
i was very fortunate in that a few hours onboard allowed a chance to say goodbye to a few crew and oddly enough l saw my very first cabin 4028 from 1986 it hadnt changed much but oh boy the memories of the years inbetween.

The day never really went how l imagined it would. A quick jaunt over to the Isle of Wight to see a QE2 friend for a QE2 toast then managed to see the Harrier Jump jet salute. Boarding via the crew gangway provided a rare change to see behind the scenes and observe QE2 close up in an area you wouldnt normally get to.
 l never did get my final walk on the deck outside. A bite of Afternoon tea and some time of solitude in a quiet corner of the Queens Room.  But each and every minute was very precious and then when in the Yacht club speaking with two dear friends the tap on the shoulder came to signal time to go . That was it l was on the quayside within minutes...   

Cant believe l walked all the way upto the red jet terminal and boarded red jet 4 to see her safely away After that ended l somehow ended up in a salsa bar with a couple of QE2 friends and then missed the last train to London and ended up staying overnight with a long term lady friend before heading upto London to check out of the hotel and for the flight back home.

Like l say it was a funny old day seeing QE2 for the last time, but l was extremely lucky to be given the chance to do it. And for me it was something l couldnt put a value on.

While l can never forgive Cunard for selling QE2, l perhaps should be thanking them, for if it hadnt been for that l wouldnt have discovered my new found joy of the glorious West coast of America and my new style holidays. The only trouble is, the blasted luggage,  on QE2 you pack what you think you might need, and thats something l can never change.

So thats my Last QE2 day...what about everyone else..?
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #72 on: Nov 11, 2015, 09:30 PM »
Thank you for posting the photos and for sharing your memories of 11/11/08, Myles.
It looked like it was an emotional day for you and everyone else in the QE2 community.
Reading all of these accounts of QE2's final calls made me wish i got interested in the ship sooner than when I did.

November 11, 2008 will always be a day that we will never forget.

And for those who don't know, the West Coast of the US is a very pleasant place to visit, especially this time of year.
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #73 on: Nov 11, 2015, 11:42 PM »
It was a long day, one which I'll probably never forget.

We, that is my son, his wife to be and my mother arrived in town a couple of days before the 11th. Much as I would have loved that we all joined QE2 this was impossible.

On 10 November 2008 we were fortunate to attend a lecture by Stephen Payne in the QE2 terminal about the QE2. A friend who was First Officer, then Navigator on QE2 in the eighties was due to join us, but unfortunately he couldn't make it at the last moment.

I don't think I slept all that well the night before in fear I would miss her last arrival into Southampton. Like many others I had a ticket on the Ocean Scene which left around 0530 to head out to meet up with QE2. Those who had booked on SS Shieldhall were not so lucky.

It was very dark and the cold wind bit through you! The Captain of the Ocean Scene provided a useful commentary as we headed south and in due course QE2 became visible heading in, or was she, somewhere near the Brambles.

Ocean Scene slowed down and an announcement was made that Solent control had stopped all vessels heading out as QE2 had been blown onto the sandbank. Tugs had been dispatched from Fawley and the rescue mission was on to see her free. I recall our Captain saying that 'we' we're fortunate to be where we we are and we probably had the best view of what was going on.

Later that day I was due to meet a friend who was a reporter and I wondered if he had heard this news. I phoned his mobile and asked if he had heard anything? He had not, but he said he would get back to me soon. Of course, this is when you realise that it would have been a good idea to charge your phone overnight! However, I received his call and I was told that 'I' was now the reporter, quite literally on scene, and would I mind going live on the news? So there I was, and the rest is history. Over the next hour I was interviewed live on TV and radio. Indeed, later whilst having breakfast I was on BBC Radio Belfast!

QE2 was free and heading to her home port for the last time; she looked magnificent, proud and a true Queen of the Seas just as she always did.

Later that morning we all stood on Town Quay to watch the poppy drop. Silence fell over the waters at 11am.

Around lunchtime we all headed to QE2 terminal where my mother and I checked in. My wife does not share the obsession I have for the ship and she was quite happy to stay at home with our daughter who was then still at school. They has strict instructions to watch and record the BBC South News broadcasts!

On board we caught a glimpse of HRH Prince Phillip and the Harrier saluting the ship. I met a couple of celebrities who had been closely associated with the ship over the years. They were on board for lunch and no doubt, this too was a memorable day for them all.

About 3pm a Royal Navy flotilla sailed by and saluted the ship in recognition of the valuable contribution she had made complementing the fleet  in 1982. A small poppy wreath had been placed on one of QE2s rails in memory of the soldiers who had been carried on QE2 and had not returned from Mount Tumbledown.

Later on the open decks there was celebration of her 40 years; nobody on board wanted her to go, but she had to. Captain McNaught paid a most fitting tribute to her and thanked the City of Southampton. Their Queen, who called this city 'home', was leaving.

The band played on the quayside, the ropes were wound in and tugs pulled her off. Search lights beamed to the sky and floodlit the ship as she pulled out. She reversed down to Mayflower Park where thousands gathered to say their goodbye. The fireworks were magnificent and somewhere in the myriad of small vessels around us my son and his fiancée were on a Blue Funnel vessel. Eventually we made contact and flags waved good style!

Navigating through the flotilla of vessels must have been a challenge. Mind, there are rules and small vessels tend not to mess with The Queen. Fireworks shot into the sky from Hythe Pier and from numerous locations along our route out to sea. The small vessels began to turn and head home - their lights getting smaller as we progressed and our speed increased. The decks began to clear as fellow passengers headed in to warm up, prepare for dinner and unpack. I recall venturing out on deck later and still fireworks could be seen on the Isle of Wight and to the north around the Southsea area.

The pilot disembarked and we were on own with an expert crew under the command of the best Captain ever. What lay ahead was her last 16 days during which we would savour and treasure what this fine and mighty liner had to offer.


« Last Edit: Nov 12, 2015, 12:33 AM by Cunarder Man »

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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #74 on: Nov 12, 2015, 07:48 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to write your account of a truly memorable day, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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« Reply #75 on: Nov 12, 2015, 09:16 PM »
Thank you very much, Myles and Cunarder Man, for writing about this especially moving day.  The recollections do not diminish, do they ?  I think for all of us, they become more vivid !
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« Reply #76 on: Nov 11, 2017, 12:46 AM »
9 years ago today we watched her final departure from Southampton on BBC South Today - there was not a dry eye in our house that night. 9 long years and finally something good is happening with her - long overdue.
« Last Edit: Nov 11, 2017, 08:06 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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« Reply #77 on: Nov 11, 2017, 08:08 AM »
9 years ago today we watched her final departure from Southampton on BBC South Today - there was not a dry eye in our house that night. 9 long years and finally something good is happening with her - long overdue.

Must have happened so many of us at the time... little did we know that we would be meeting in this Forum sooner or later, exchanging memories!

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« Reply #78 on: Nov 11, 2017, 06:25 PM »
As we remember the 9th anniversary of QE2's final departure from Southampton, it is good to know that her future is looking brighter.   The new cruise terminal with QE2 items and reports of work being carried out on the ship, all good.   

Emotions were high on the day she departed and she continues to attract a lot of love. 

Love seeing the pictures and hearing the stories of the final departure. Cunarder Man's post is worth reading. What an experience.....
 
It was a long day, one which I'll probably never forget.

We, that is my son, his wife to be and my mother arrived in town a couple of days before the 11th. Much as I would have loved that we all joined QE2 this was impossible.

On 10 November 2008 we were fortunate to attend a lecture by Stephen Payne in the QE2 terminal about the QE2. A friend who was First Officer, then Navigator on QE2 in the eighties was due to join us, but unfortunately he couldn't make it at the last moment.

I don't think I slept all that well the night before in fear I would miss her last arrival into Southampton. Like many others I had a ticket on the Ocean Scene which left around 0530 to head out to meet up with QE2. Those who had booked on SS Shieldhall were not so lucky.

It was very dark and the cold wind bit through you! The Captain of the Ocean Scene provided a useful commentary as we headed south and in due course QE2 became visible heading in, or was she, somewhere near the Brambles.

Ocean Scene slowed down and an announcement was made that Solent control had stopped all vessels heading out as QE2 had been blown onto the sandbank. Tugs had been dispatched from Fawley and the rescue mission was on to see her free. I recall our Captain saying that 'we' we're fortunate to be where we we are and we probably had the best view of what was going on.

Later that day I was due to meet a friend who was a reporter and I wondered if he had heard this news. I phoned his mobile and asked if he had heard anything? He had not, but he said he would get back to me soon. Of course, this is when you realise that it would have been a good idea to charge your phone overnight! However, I received his call and I was told that 'I' was now the reporter, quite literally on scene, and would I mind going live on the news? So there I was, and the rest is history. Over the next hour I was interviewed live on TV and radio. Indeed, later whilst having breakfast I was on BBC Radio Belfast!

QE2 was free and heading to her home port for the last time; she looked magnificent, proud and a true Queen of the Seas just as she always did.

Later that morning we all stood on Town Quay to watch the poppy drop. Silence fell over the waters at 11am.

Around lunchtime we all headed to QE2 terminal where my mother and I checked in. My wife does not share the obsession I have for the ship and she was quite happy to stay at home with our daughter who was then still at school. They has strict instructions to watch and record the BBC South News broadcasts!

On board we caught a glimpse of HRH Prince Phillip and the Harrier saluting the ship. I met a couple of celebrities who had been closely associated with the ship over the years. They were on board for lunch and no doubt, this too was a memorable day for them all.

About 3pm a Royal Navy flotilla sailed by and saluted the ship in recognition of the valuable contribution she had made complementing the fleet  in 1982. A small poppy wreath had been placed on one of QE2s rails in memory of the soldiers who had been carried on QE2 and had not returned from Mount Tumbledown.

Later on the open decks there was celebration of her 40 years; nobody on board wanted her to go, but she had to. Captain McNaught paid a most fitting tribute to her and thanked the City of Southampton. Their Queen, who called this city 'home', was leaving.

The band played on the quayside, the ropes were wound in and tugs pulled her off. Search lights beamed to the sky and floodlit the ship as she pulled out. She reversed down to Mayflower Park where thousands gathered to say their goodbye. The fireworks were magnificent and somewhere in the myriad of small vessels around us my son and his fiancée were on a Blue Funnel vessel. Eventually we made contact and flags waved good style!

Navigating through the flotilla of vessels must have been a challenge. Mind, there are rules and small vessels tend not to mess with The Queen. Fireworks shot into the sky from Hythe Pier and from numerous locations along our route out to sea. The small vessels began to turn and head home - their lights getting smaller as we progressed and our speed increased. The decks began to clear as fellow passengers headed in to warm up, prepare for dinner and unpack. I recall venturing out on deck later and still fireworks could be seen on the Isle of Wight and to the north around the Southsea area.

The pilot disembarked and we were on own with an expert crew under the command of the best Captain ever. What lay ahead was her last 16 days during which we would savour and treasure what this fine and mighty liner had to offer.



« Last Edit: Nov 11, 2017, 06:31 PM by Lynda Bradford »
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Re: QE2 Final day in Southampton and final departure (11/11/2008)
« Reply #79 on: Nov 11, 2017, 07:45 PM »
The Brambles was on the news in the car - we arrived in time to watch the Poppies as they dropped out of the blue sky,
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was due and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships were also paying their respects.
QE2 was taking on bunkers and we joined one of the ferries as several small boats arrived - also to bid their farewells too, to the great ship. The Blue Funnel line's Maid of the Harbour picked up passengers at approximately 6.00pm and we waited, warm in the small wheelhouse, until the fireworks began - and ended. We watched as someone was fixing his great Flag - little did we know it would be the beginnings of a grand friendship with Cunarder Man - we have so much to be grateful to QE2 for!!
Sailing down Southampton Water alongside QE2, we passed Cunard's own fireworks as she saluted her team, and then on towards the Solent - someone must have given the full steam ahead signal.
QE2 swiftly reacting; she was sailing at probably 15-20 knots or more as she left these shores without looking back.
I've tried to add a video I made at the time - her last whistle....
however I'm sorry because the connectivity here has made it impossible to add it to this post :(
 
« Last Edit: Nov 11, 2017, 07:50 PM by Twynkle »
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