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Online CasinoChris

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #80 on: Nov 06, 2009, 03:17 AM »
Hi There,
in answer to a former question regarding the whistle/horns. The Foghorn on the fore-deck was installed to reduce the noise levels in the penthouse cabins. This horn was mainly used whilst sailing in fog etc. The horns on the mainmast were used for the midday blast! leaving port and saluting other vessels. Not sure that the forward foghorn really reduced noise,
I remember being able to hear it from the casino on upper deck.
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #81 on: Nov 06, 2009, 08:20 AM »
Am I right in thinking that the sole purpose of the ship's whistle (officially ;) ) is to act as an 'alarm' bell- both inside a passenger ship, as well as out?
If it is - then wouldn't it seem pretty important for it to be heard throughout the ship at any time - Even in QE2's Penthouse Suites and all!  Do you know which Whistle would be sounded in an emergency - The whistle or the fog-horn or both?
And at the Emergency Drill practice, I can't remember - was it a recording of the whistle that was played - or the genuine article, Live!?

« Last Edit: Nov 06, 2009, 08:32 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.

Offline junglejames

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #82 on: Nov 23, 2009, 02:42 AM »
OK, an answer to a few posts. Some old, some new. I have a recording of the whistle as my ringtone, and I never intend to change it. Its different!
Rosie, the whistle is for the outside world. You have alarm bells for inside the accomodation.
Somebody mentioned you never want to hear 6 short followed by 1 long. Do you by any chance mean 7 or more short, followed by 1 long? and yes, it is 7 or more short. Not 7 short.

Highlander, you said someone had pulled you up over terminology? On land, any sound produced by air would be a horn yes, but we are not on land, we are at sea. At sea the correct terminology is 'Ships Whistle'.
All these sounds we have heard on this thread are Whistles as they are coming from ships.
Whistles may have changed from steam to air, but the terminology hasnt changed.
So Highlander, from now on you can go back to refering to QE2's whistle as her whistle.
In fact, if I see anybody refering to it as her horn, or as I have sometimes heard, her hooter, then I will pull them up and correct them!! Sorry, but we all have our pet hates, and this is one of mine!! LOL

Happy Whistling,

James

Offline highlander0108

Re: QE2 whistles
« Reply #83 on: Mar 19, 2010, 04:22 AM »
I did not manage to record the foghorn at the time, but it is one of the horns sounded daily in the noontime whistle test, and I do have two recordings of that :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2943190804/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2942390163/

Enjoy them!

The first recording is a fastinating illustration on just how the wonderful sound of QE2 is actually made. The air and electric Tyfon's on the mast are just slightly out of tune, and when combined make that wonderful harmonious sound.  I do doubt that the forward bow mounted horn really adds much to the sound.
« Last Edit: Mar 19, 2010, 08:37 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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Offline Kindlychap

Re: QE2 whistles
« Reply #84 on: Mar 25, 2010, 10:27 AM »
The first recording is a fastinating illustration on just how the wonderful sound of QE2 is actually made. The air and electric Tyfon's on the mast are just slightly out of tune, and when combined make that wonderful harmonious sound.  I do doubt that the forward bow mounted horn really adds much to the sound.

It adds nothing because it isn't used with the main whistles. As I've said earlier, the selector does not give the option of the mast mounted whistles at the same time as the fog horn.

Matthew
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 - Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Offline highlander0108

Re: QE2 Whistle
« Reply #85 on: Apr 24, 2010, 12:58 AM »
Gosh, you live and learn, Perhaps when she blew, it put the rest of them to shame :)
Correct me if lm wrong But when a ship sounds her whistle and gives a very short blast at the end, doesnt this mean thats enough and she wont blow again? or words to that effect...

Our friends who were on the last World Cruise were quite miffed at "Perky" when there was no whistle at all during the departure in Hawaii.  He later came on the tannoy and stated that was the case because of the environment impact on some protected birds prevented this.  Good god, what have we come too? ???

What about the maritime law requirement to blow the horn three times to signal backing away from the pier?  What if the captain blew the whistle anyway?  What would the fine have been and who the heck enforces that in the first place?
« Last Edit: Apr 24, 2010, 01:00 AM by highlander0108 »
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Re: QE2 Whistle
« Reply #86 on: Apr 26, 2010, 03:57 PM »
Gosh, you live and learn, Perhaps when she blew, it put the rest of them to shame :)
Correct me if lm wrong But when a ship sounds her whistle and gives a very short blast at the end, doesnt this mean thats enough and she wont blow again? or words to that effect...

When a ship blows her whistle the number of "blasts" can be taken as a signal to other ships:

1 short blast is to signal a manouvre to Port
2 short blasts is to signal a manouvre to Starboard
3 short blasts is to signal that the ship is moving astern
4 Dont know!!!
5 short blasts means "Please make you intentions clear" and is made to another vessel which may be on a converging course or similar which could create a dangerous situation.

If you end any of these with a short blast then this indicates that the whistle blasts were not intended as a signal.

In London Waverley is not allowed to sound her whistle whilst going under Tower Bridge due to "noise pollution"!!! ???

Sorry to wander off topic and I hope I am correct.

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Whistle
« Reply #87 on: Apr 26, 2010, 04:29 PM »
« Last Edit: Feb 03, 2019, 10:57 AM 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.

Offline Clydebuilt1971

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #88 on: Apr 27, 2010, 08:20 AM »
Doh!

Should've read further up!!!

Sorry folks!!  :-[

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« Reply #89 on: May 28, 2010, 01:27 PM »
Ok, admit it!

Put your hand up those who have deafened everyone on deck by pushing this button (top right)

Just give me time to find my ear muffs first.

Cheers

Skilly

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« Reply #90 on: May 28, 2010, 01:31 PM »
Several times - the most special was as she passed Calshot for the last time on 11 November 2008. The last time her whistle was blown there. Her last goodbye to her nation.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: The Noisy White Button - Guilty or Not!
« Reply #91 on: May 28, 2010, 02:46 PM »
At last I can see it... Such a small button to produce such a huge sound! Thank you for that   ;D  .


Just give me time to find my ear muffs first.


Glad you are complying with the health and safety notice on the mast!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3051063886/



IMPORTANT

Ear muffs must be worn whilst working up or in mast unless all whistle control gear is inoperative.

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #92 on: Aug 22, 2010, 06:13 PM »
Stumbled on this topic whilst browsing and can;t resist postin gthis pic of me blowing the noon day whistle...my face is hilarious  I got such a fright.  but I forgot to  take my finger off the big white button!!! ...at least my Mum looks more in control than I did!!

Could post the pics easier as a friend took these on digital...saves me going up the loft!  Just wish it could have been on video but sadly no video cameras allowed on the bridge.....think we were lucky to use our cameras.......(security.)

It sure was a QE2 moment to remember.....
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #93 on: Aug 23, 2010, 05:09 PM »
Love the face Ann!!
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« Reply #94 on: Aug 23, 2010, 06:15 PM »
NEarly as good as the hair on the top of the Titan Rob !!!  LOL

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« Reply #95 on: Aug 23, 2010, 06:21 PM »
NEarly as good as the hair on the top of the Titan Rob !!!  LOL
Maybe you can have your own section in our new gallery :)
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #96 on: Aug 23, 2010, 08:25 PM »
By the time I work that one out you will have moved onto something else!!haha

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #97 on: Aug 28, 2010, 12:05 PM »
THIS is specially for flagship, Rob and all Mods!
to say Thank You!
Thanks to ColemanHeald
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.

Offline PJtheMuppet

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #98 on: Aug 28, 2010, 10:54 PM »
Absolutely wonderful!!!!!    ;D ;D
Keep the Faith!

Offline Kindlychap

Re: The Noisy White Button - Guilty or Not!
« Reply #99 on: Aug 29, 2010, 09:57 AM »
Ok, admit it!

Put your hand up those who have deafened everyone on deck by pushing this button (top right)

Just give me time to find my ear muffs first.

Cheers

Skilly

My hand is firmly in the air. 27 June 2006.......

Matthew
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 - Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

 

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