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Blowing horn
« Reply #100 on: Oct 02, 2010, 11:25 PM »
I don't know where to put this.


I wish I could do that! I wonder how the man got access to do that? He is very lucky to have blown the Queen's horn. Such a lovely sound.

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« Reply #101 on: Oct 03, 2010, 12:51 AM »
I don't know where to put this.

Probably best here, with the other "QE2 Whistle" posts, as we have not yet seen how the whistle is operated.

Yes, this man was very lucky... and I am glad he was filmed while doing it. Thank you, Shaun, for spotting the recording and bringing it here!

Mind you, if it had been me pushing that marvellous button, I would have given a good long three-blast salute  ;D  !

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #102 on: Oct 03, 2010, 11:25 AM »
Thats quite recent that is.

If I was going to blow her horn it wouldn't be 3 long blasts it would be 10 blasts. I just love that sound.

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #103 on: Dec 18, 2010, 10:00 AM »
This was one of the longest single blasts (in a series) that I can remember hearing on board.
Apart from the 'regulations', was there a limit to the number and length of blasts when sounded as greetings?
Thanks to accyste for the video

What if anything, needed to happen in the engine room so that QE2 could sustain any length and number of blasts?
This may have been answered elsewhere...it's a question borne of great ignorance on the subject!
« Last Edit: Dec 18, 2010, 10:07 AM 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 Whistles
« Reply #104 on: Jan 01, 2011, 11:44 PM »
That QE2 whistle -- it is great to enjoy it again, even on the videos! But in real life, it was even better, with that full throated sound and the vibrations which I seemed to feel.

And that made me want to ask Peter : Could you discern the vibrations of the QE2 whistle? Did they feel in any way special to you?

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #105 on: Jan 02, 2011, 11:41 AM »
That's actually a bit difficult to answer because there are so many other vibrations while on board.

However, from nearby on land - yes -  if i am close enough ( think Hythe Pier or Calshot Castle ) then I can indeed feel the deep bass vibrations in my stomach when a ship's horn is going, but I am also hearing it and am concentrating more on the sound than anything else.

Now - it would be nice if someone could invent a ship's horn that, at any distance, would vibrate one's stomach in the same way as standing a few feet away from a Deltic ( that's a type of older railway locomotive ) with both engines running on fast idle will do... :)
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #106 on: Jan 02, 2011, 05:28 PM »
Loved watching and listening to the whistle vids but even sadder was watching her actually moving at sea.
So much nicer than knowing she is simply sat stationary now.    Fantastic vids though. :'(

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #107 on: Jan 03, 2011, 01:59 AM »
Aaaww Rosie,

You already know there is always more hot air on the Bridge than in the engine room! So, they just keep pushing that little white button until a fuse blows in an electrical distribution box in the wheel house, then all goes peaceful and quiet again.

Hope you and yours have an enjoyable voyage - unfortunately, I am back on the job at the end of January and don't get ashore in NZ again until about March 8th - 10th, otherwise I would be meeting you in the Sky Tower or at the Viaduct Basin.

Currently sweltering in 28 degrees at Lake Taupo after 4 days being cooked in Hawkes Bay. It is just so hot I am having to sit inside and watch Maria Sharapova bounce around the tennis court in Auckland. Very entertaining!

Cheers

Skilly
« Last Edit: Jan 03, 2011, 02:02 AM by skilly56 »

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #108 on: Jan 03, 2011, 07:49 AM »
Oh Skilly!!!' - for lots of reasons!  ;)

In the days of pure steam, would the whistles have ever run out of it then?

(Good news that you are at home now -
and Very bad news that the bosses made a cunning plan to sabotage our meeting!)
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 Whistles
« Reply #109 on: Mar 03, 2011, 08:17 PM »
I get all emotional when I hear the QE2's mighty whistles - thank god for You tube!!! I can re-live my me,ories time and time again.  No other sound can compete with her amazing blast!! magnificient. 

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Battle of the Horns--QE2--QM2 Sothampton
« Reply #110 on: Jun 16, 2011, 06:38 AM »
Link to a Battle of the Horns in Sothampton

« Last Edit: Jun 16, 2011, 08:08 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #111 on: Jun 16, 2011, 02:02 PM »
QE2 40th birthday whistles--

« Last Edit: Jun 16, 2011, 02:21 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #112 on: Jun 16, 2011, 04:21 PM »
40 Seconds!
Not bad for an old girl, 1 sec = 1 year!

Skilly
(In Perth)

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QE2 sounds her horn
« Reply #113 on: Aug 02, 2011, 06:02 AM »
Short video of the QE2 and Shieldhall sounding their horns---


« Last Edit: Aug 02, 2011, 07:11 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #114 on: Aug 07, 2011, 09:26 PM »
When you were a watchkeeper living on 1 deck forward, the foghorn on 1 deck forward was a pain.......Not much sleep...but who cared the PH pax were paying my wages!

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #115 on: Aug 10, 2011, 08:26 PM »
Yep, I remember Nigel Rigg, the hotel officer (he of the John Lennon specs and Onion Castle buttons) bemoaning the fact that
he always seemed to get the cabin right underneath the fwd foghorn.  Talking of hotel bods, another I particularly remember is
Robin (sorry, can't recall his surname) "Bookie" to his friends, or "Mr Bookie" to my little brother. It was he who told me the story
behind the big plaque from the bomb disposal team that had jumped into the sea in 1972. Memory is a strange beast - thirty some
years on I can remember that he drank Johnnie Walker Black Label with THREE lumps of ice.
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #116 on: Aug 11, 2011, 12:03 AM »
Yep, I remember Nigel Rigg, the hotel officer (he of the John Lennon specs and Onion Castle buttons) bemoaning the fact that
he always seemed to get the cabin right underneath the fwd foghorn.  Talking of hotel bods, another I particularly remember is
Robin (sorry, can't recall his surname) "Bookie" to his friends, or "Mr Bookie" to my little brother. It was he who told me the story
behind the big plaque from the bomb disposal team that had jumped into the sea in 1972. Memory is a strange beast - thirty some
years on I can remember that he drank Johnnie Walker Black Label with THREE lumps of ice.

Robin Bowie.  Nickname "Bookie"
ANOTHER gentleman. Would do anything to help anybody! AND, ask your Mother about her and Myra's hot toddies they fed to me!

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #117 on: Aug 23, 2011, 05:02 PM »

Oriana and QE2 exchanging salutes.

I enjoyed the sounds of the cheerful QE2 passengers in the background, while the camera focuses steadily on Oriana passing QE2. Well filmed!

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #118 on: Aug 23, 2011, 07:25 PM »
A superb film - well spied, Isabelle

Curiously - the blue, white and red flag, stbd on QE2's great mast - it doesn't seem quite right for Southampton water, or does it?!
Is it a nautical 'call sign'?
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 Whistles
« Reply #119 on: Aug 23, 2011, 07:35 PM »
A superb film - well spied, Isabelle

Curiously - the blue, white and red flag, stbd on QE2's great mast - it doesn't seem quite right for Southampton water, or does it?!
Is it a nautical 'call sign'?

Fantastic!  When I see things like this, I still find it hard to accept that she's gone.
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