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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #40 on: Sep 22, 2009, 01:03 PM »
She might have creaked and groaned somewhat less if she'd not been stuck going slow...
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #41 on: Oct 03, 2009, 11:56 AM »
AWESOME photo Louis!  You can really get a sense of drama from it!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #42 on: Oct 03, 2009, 03:38 PM »
Thanks Louis.  What memories you must have to cherish of our beloved ship.  I can almost smell the salt air and hear the howling wind in the pic.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #43 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:07 PM »
WOW, Louis!
Thats a great photo
It's looking wild and wonderful!
Which deck was it taken from?



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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #44 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:23 PM »

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Which deck was it taken from?

Two Deck Aft Portside Crew Area.That was in November 1991 Force 10.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #45 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:44 PM »
Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #46 on: Oct 03, 2009, 05:39 PM »
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Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?

No doubts at all Rob,lets face it she was build for it.Even in 1995 when we run into Hurricane Luis she was behaving well until the wave hit us and then only the bow area got damaged.Only the next morning when i heard about the height of the wave i thought to myself what if it had hit us full on the side ? I had my doubts that morning.During theses storms Rob the crew gets a warning from the Birdge so the ship is secure and prepared for it.

What scares me is the freak waves like the one we had in 1993.It was lunch time with service in full swing then it hits and nothing or noone is secured. That is were i have my doubts even on a ship like the QE2.

On my last ship even a Force 8 made me have all doubts.I remember in 1993 we were cruising from South Georgia to the Falkland Island when we run into a Force 10 the ship was bouncing around like a tennis ball.We got in Port Stanley 1 day late with a lot of damage to ship and people.The ship was in no conditions for service.Most of the bar and restaurant equipments were all damaged.In the wine bar not one bottle survived.We stayed in Port Stanley 2 days just to clean the ship.We run out of food onboard and we almost cleared Port Stanley of all food.Imagine getting an extra 300 guests on the last minute.We sailed then to Buenos Aires with no passengers and half of the crew.The ship stayed there for a week to repair and load up new stocks.That was  like hell those days.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #47 on: Oct 03, 2009, 05:53 PM »
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Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?

No doubts at all Rob,lets face it she was build for it.Even in 1995 when we run into Hurricane Luis she was behaving well until the wave hit us and then only the bow area got damaged.Only the next morning when i heard about the height of the wave i thought to myself what if it had hit us full on the side ? I had my doubts that morning.During theses storms Rob the crew gets a warning from the Birdge so the ship is secure and prepared for it.

What scares me is the freak waves like the one we had in 1993.It was lunch time with service in full swing then it hits and nothing or noone is secured. That is were i have my doubts even on a ship like the QE2.

On my last ship even a Force 8 made me have all doubts.I remember in 1993 we were cruising from South Georgia to the Falkland Island when we run into a Force 10 the ship was bouncing around like a tennis ball.We got in Port Stanley 1 day late with a lot of damage to ship and people.The ship was in no conditions for service.Most of the bar and restaurant equipments were all damaged.In the wine bar not one bottle survived.We stayed in Port Stanley 2 days just to clean the ship.We run out of food onboard and we almost cleared Port Stanley of all food.Imagine getting an extra 300 guests on the last minute.We sailed then to Buenos Aires with no passengers and half of the crew.The ship stayed there for a week to repair and load up new stocks.That was  like hell those days.

Louis

Louis:

How often was QE2 late getting into port when you were aboard?  Is is a common thing to happen - when I was on we were almost 24 hours late - which caused many headaches!!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #48 on: Oct 03, 2009, 07:16 PM »
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How often was QE2 late getting into port when you were aboard?  Is is a common thing to happen - when I was on we were almost 24 hours late - which caused many headaches!!

When the crossings were 4 days the QE2 use to come late into port especially after a rough crossing.I think 8 hours delayed was the most during my time onboard.

During normally cruising it rarelly happens.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #49 on: Oct 15, 2009, 01:43 PM »

I dunno JDL,

 Personally, being aboard for a rough crossing was "half the fun" ... :)



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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #50 on: Oct 15, 2009, 04:11 PM »

I dunno JDL,

 Personally, being aboard for a rough crossing was "half the fun" ... :)



  Ron

True Ron but my sea legs would have given way in Louis's picture and I would be able to enjoy many of the facilities the grand old lady had to offer, well apart from the medical centre!


But on balance you are right I give anything to be back on board!!

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #51 on: Oct 21, 2009, 06:04 PM »

  This discussion brings to mind one particular rough crossing where going up and down A Stairway was like almost total weightlessness, as if one were on the Moon one minute, and the next as if one had gained a few extra  hundred pounds.
 Has anyone else experienced this feeling in the same area of the ship? I also recall the rumbling sound the bulkheads would make as the sea gave way while she traversed through.


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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #52 on: Oct 21, 2009, 06:17 PM »
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Has anyone else experienced this feeling in the same area of the ship?

I have had experienced that many times.Right forward of A Stairway you have the Crew Stairway 1,2 and 3,there you get the same feeling too.Between theses Crew Stairways is where i lived mostly during my time onboard and in rough seas its like a Roller Coaster the bed mattress is always tied down even the fridge doors are closed with sticky tape.  ;D Trying to shower or shave in a heavy seas down there is a work of art.  ;D

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #53 on: Oct 21, 2009, 07:45 PM »

  Hey Louis,  wait, you and rest of the crew don't count! ;D hehe

 You know, I do recall a few times when I was up and down the crew stairway that led to Castaways, the Pig, etc at night, holding tight to those low set rails. (the booze never helped)  ::)
 
On one particularly rough winter crossing, there was a crew member who actually lost his balance due to a wave (or so the story went) and was knocked clear off the deck's stairway landing, ending up a few decks below. A US Coast Guard MEDEVAC chopper was sent out to rendevous with us somewhere near Nova Scotia, late in the evening. As the chopper neared QE2, the captain came on the system instructing all passengers to stay clear of the open decks. Of course, being only too curious, I "snuck out" onto 1 Deck in time watch the helo hover over Sun Deck where it positioned itself a good 50 feet above and commenced  a very risky in flight rescue. A gurney was hoisted down and after what seemed like an eternity, the poor fellow was lifted off and whisked away.
QE2 continued her course, never having stopped.

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QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #54 on: Nov 16, 2009, 08:24 PM »
There's something about rough seas!
About QE2 not stopping -
and people needing to be taken off
and Pilots clambering aboard
and QE2 rescuing people from other ships etc
It must take, / have taken real courage....
« Last Edit: Nov 16, 2009, 08:58 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #55 on: Nov 16, 2009, 10:29 PM »
Not a video - but a great photo!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #56 on: Nov 16, 2009, 10:34 PM »

I remember once leaving Southampton for a Westbound Crossing and as we cleared the Isle of Wight and entered the Channel we got hit by a Force 10 the pilot could not get off.He got his dream trip on the QE2.  ;)

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #57 on: Jan 24, 2010, 10:51 PM »

Another good view.That is where she belongs.



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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #58 on: Jan 24, 2010, 11:12 PM »
Louis, I totally agree!  Is that your photo or one of the staff photos that were available for purchase?  I purchased one on my first trip that was very similiar to that one, but I cannot find it since we moved to a different house.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #59 on: Jan 24, 2010, 11:42 PM »
I love this photo - it is much better than the one I have!!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #60 on: Jan 25, 2010, 12:11 AM »
In contrast to Louis' well captured image above,
this (below) was taken from the observation deck in 2008.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/watch_keeper/4301474041/in/set-72157620732791543/
With the bow looking wider, almost bigger overall - more life-rafts etc.
Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #61 on: Jan 25, 2010, 10:05 AM »
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Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)


Rosie, i am lucky enough to receive photos from ex-crewmembers for my QE2 collection, i did not take that photo and the date is from 2001 Westbound Crossing.

Louis

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #62 on: Jan 25, 2010, 04:20 PM »
  Hey Louis,  wait, you and rest of the crew don't count! ;D hehe

 You know, I do recall a few times when I was up and down the crew stairway that led to Castaways, the Pig, etc at night, holding tight to those low set rails. (the booze never helped)  ::)
 
On one particularly rough winter crossing, there was a crew member who actually lost his balance due to a wave (or so the story went) and was knocked clear off the deck's stairway landing, ending up a few decks below. A US Coast Guard MEDEVAC chopper was sent out to rendevous with us somewhere near Nova Scotia, late in the evening. As the chopper neared QE2, the captain came on the system instructing all passengers to stay clear of the open decks. Of course, being only too curious, I "snuck out" onto 1 Deck in time watch the helo hover over Sun Deck where it positioned itself a good 50 feet above and commenced  a very risky in flight rescue. A gurney was hoisted down and after what seemed like an eternity, the poor fellow was lifted off and whisked away.
QE2 continued her course, never having stopped.

  Ron

Hi Ron,  We must have been on the same crossing ... and out of One Deck at the same time.  I have almost the exact same story posted on here somewhere.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #63 on: Jan 26, 2010, 05:50 PM »
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A Question!
Has anyone travelled on QE2 specifically because she could manage heavy seas so magnificently?
As Peter Moxom  writes,
 'Within 30 minutes [of leaving Cherbourg] QE2 has eight engines on line and is steaming westwards with the aid of an ebb tide, making 30kt, into a fresh north westerly breeze and a moderate sea - in her true element at last.'  (1990)
 
Not quite but l always prayed for some rough action during any voyage, the final crossings l did think were very tame, Having grown up in the Orkneys and being used to P&O Ferries :o rough seas were second nature up there, One such journey should have only taken 1h45 mins but lasted 6 hours.. It was for want of  a better word, value for money, though the rest of the passengers woudnt  say that.And the smell of vomit was somethimg else.
 Strangely enough l have encountered more rough seas on the med cruises than crossings, but you always felt safe on QE2, not sure l would trust these newer ones, they always look so top heavy  .
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #64 on: Mar 05, 2010, 08:30 PM »
This was the view from my porthole on Two Deck amidships :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2930447722/



Looking at the videos from the tandem crossings, it is amazing how far the spray reached at times. This was the "bit" just under the steps up the the "bit beneath the bridge" :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3108068973/



I had to run after this snap! My camera caught so much spray that afternoon that I thought I had ruined it... it would not shut its lense any more... but after it had dried, it recovered fairly fast, luckily for me!

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Re: QE2 in rough seas
« Reply #65 on: Aug 06, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Hi Rod
The video sounds good -
It'll turn up somewhere, sometime before too long..
In the meantime - here's a Thank You for all your lovely posts!
thanks to Dooglesman
Rosie

(it's already here on the Forum - hopefully  no-one will mind seeing it again!)
« Last Edit: Aug 06, 2011, 06:18 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #66 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:12 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #67 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:26 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


Wow!  Fantastic video !!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #68 on: Oct 15, 2011, 05:49 PM »
Indeed awesome footage, I can think of no where safer to be than onboard QE2 during such weather.
Imagine if the sisters and QM2 were in such weather.....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #69 on: Oct 15, 2011, 06:33 PM »
The Captain had to reduce speed to 8 knots....heck that's a normal speed for some cruise ships.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #70 on: Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 PM »
In the main control room, there were three gauges that showed the water level in the boilers. Green was water and red was steam. The first person to see all 3 red or all 3 green won that round of boiler room bingo!
I was in the boiler room one watch when they got all red and all 3 boilers shut down for safety reasons. NOT GOOD in weather like that. Had to manually open the fuel valves on each boiler...or who knows.......putting all 7 burners on at once! I swear the front of the boiler moved 6'' as they all lit! I opened the other 2 boilers a bit more slowly! After that fuel valves were put on manual in rough weather. It appeared that after a particularly violent move the water in all 3 somersaulted making the system believe it was low water. Ship was new, wasn't meant to happen.
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #71 on: Nov 03, 2012, 10:51 PM »
Here is another great video taken from the QE2 bridge of the view of the waves and the spray on a rough Atlantic :


You can hear that the crew are enjoying this scene and feeling perfectly safe!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #72 on: Nov 03, 2012, 11:13 PM »
Very watchable! :D

From the angle of the shadows and the state of the sea I'd guess that was a westbound TA?
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