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Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #20 on: Mar 08, 2009, 09:37 AM »


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Sailing through the Fjord towards Geiranger, for the Final time - August 2008
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.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #21 on: Mar 08, 2009, 12:01 PM »

Sailing through the Fjord towards Geiranger, for the Final time - August 2008

That's a beauty, Rosie. I have always loved, loved, loved, those moments when QE2 with her wonderful whistle and overawing majesty, plays along with far smaller ships (and, on one occasion, a crowd of hooting school children!) in a to-and-fro banter of blasts.

And indeed, my life with QE2 ended in just such a way, with a whistle exchange between Balmoral and QE2 on the dark Clyde, when QE2 left for that final time, with whistle greetings sent to and fro, only this time not merry but full of lament, and with the hills on either side of the river sending back the echo. And us, hushed, taking it in... a huge mix of powerful emotions.

Offline Kindlychap

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #22 on: Mar 08, 2009, 03:05 PM »
That's a beauty, Rosie. I have always loved, loved, loved, those moments when QE2 with her wonderful whistle and overawing majesty, plays along with far smaller ships (and, on one occasion, a crowd of hooting school children!) in a to-and-fro banter of blasts.

We visited Geiranger twice on QE2. On both occasions we had encounters such as this one, and it really was the best place to hear the whistle, as it echoed around and around the fjord. Memories......

Matthew
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Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #23 on: Mar 12, 2009, 12:59 PM »
The Final Arrival at Geiranger, Norway - enjoy!


Thanks to Svarten42


« Last Edit: Feb 07, 2012, 09:00 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 singlemalt

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #24 on: Mar 12, 2009, 02:16 PM »
aww Mrs Twnkyle - we were there!!! Marvellous or what?
I know exactly where i was standing, what photos I was taking, conversations I was involved in and the general wow factor of the whistle echoing around the fjord. Blissful times  ;D

Random highlight of the day - clicked on one of the linkies below it of kids in QE2 pool in big waves and recognised Rob's wee Scottish giggle coming from behind the camera.
Didn't know he'd posted it on youtube; resulted in huge grin and fab memories of the day we never actually got to Alghero!

All roads lead back to QE2 connections on here it seems  ;D  ::)
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Offline Scott Ebersold

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #25 on: Mar 12, 2009, 04:32 PM »
Hey Guys,

I am a little confuse about all the discussion about Whistle and Horns.  I thought there were 2 "whistles" on QE2 in the Mast.  From what I'm reading, it seems like there is an addition "horn" on the fo'c's'le used on a time in the fog.  Just to clarify, is this correct? 

I agree with Kindlychap the whistles were never an issue during fog in the Penthouses.

And the question of steam or no steam on QM2 really confuses me.  I was on the maiden TA and a big deal was made about the Port whistle being the original whistle being the original steam whistle from QM with an electric "duplicate" on the Starboard.  When onboard the Port whistle definitely emits steam, the starboard does not.  I was on the QE2 on the final tandem to NY and when the ships neared NY they got very close together and steam was clearly coming out of QM2's port whistle.

scott

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Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #26 on: Mar 12, 2009, 06:59 PM »
Its fake steam on QM2 though Scott, there purely for retro effect, like so much of QM2.
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #27 on: Mar 12, 2009, 07:11 PM »
Wondering about the QE2 whistle...
... has it perhaps changed in the course of the years?

Rob's web site has it sounding like this :

http://roblightbody.com/liners/qe-2/QE2_Whistle.wav

... which is how I believe I remember it from the early 2000s (when I was far less observant as far as QE2 goes)... it seemed to have a constant volume of sound.

Latterly (up to November 2008), the whistle had to my ears a more "pumping" rhythm, like a breath or a heartbeat, volume rising and falling.

Does my question make sense, as such? And has there been a change in the whistle, or is it my poor observation skill and memory?

Just wondering...

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #28 on: Mar 13, 2009, 04:42 PM »

Captain McNaught, her Whistle and The 'pool!

'October 4th, 2008, the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final visit to Liverpool - the place she was conceived'.

It was an emotional and historic day as Liverpool paid tribute to, and said goodbye to this beautiful ship'
With thanks to mcpcshowcase
« Last Edit: Feb 06, 2012, 11:05 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.

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #29 on: Mar 23, 2009, 10:12 AM »
Regarding what the Whistle 'expresses'...

Might it be possible for someone to explain what 'messages' may be sent by 'Whistle'?
Is there a translation?  Can anything be misinterpreted?

This is a naive question coming from a curious QE2 nut, willing to learn!

It particularly applies to our experience of the QE2!!
« Last Edit: Sep 18, 2009, 12:47 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.

Online Bob C.

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #30 on: Mar 23, 2009, 08:56 PM »
Twynkle,
  Not sure exactly what you are asking but ship's whistles are used in the maritime rules for general messages such as 1 prolonged blast (5-7 sec) is change in status (from moored to underway, underway to anchored, etc), 3 short blasts (3-5 sec each) is "I am operating astern propulsion", 5 or more short blasts " you standing into danger' or inother words get out of my way, you are about to be run over with 70,000 tons of QE2.

   

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #31 on: Mar 23, 2009, 09:34 PM »
Rosie

An interesting question and as Bob says, each sequence has a meaning.  There are others but the main ones are as follows:

One short blast means 'I am changing course to starboard'
Two short blasts - 'I am changing course to port'
Three short blasts - 'I am operating astern'
Two prolonged blasts followed by one short blast - 'I intend to overtake you on your starboard side'
Two prolonged blasts followed by two short blasts - 'I intend to over-take you on your port side'
Five or more short blasts - keep clear (although I prefer Bob's version lol)
A long blast every two minutes is used when operating in fog

The one signal you never hope to hear of course is six short blasts followed by one long one (unless of course you are attending the lifeboat drill)!
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Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #32 on: Mar 23, 2009, 11:49 PM »
Wondering about the QE2 whistle...
... has it perhaps changed in the course of the years?

Isabelle - QE2's bow whistle (the air horn on the foredeck) was replaced sometime during the late 1990's. If you look at images it was originally a circular grey horn, and later replaced with a rectangle white horn. This may have modified QE2's voice somewhat.

The most spectacular soundings are when the "Air & Electric" switch is on - sounding both types of horn. QE2's voice seems to resonate within you ... it surrounds you, enters you, fills you with a sense of total comfort... it was, every time, a thrill to hear it... I am sure you all relate.

Chris.

Circular Horn Visible Here (Just):



Rectangular one here:


Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #33 on: Mar 24, 2009, 12:03 AM »
Thank you to you both, Bob, Andy and Chris!

And when we were passing the Norwegian QE2 Supporters' Club as we were sailing out of Geiranger Fjord - there was definitely a sort of 'fanfare' ( ____   ____  ____ .   .   .      ) from the Whistle - it would be good to think this was thank you for the 'rocketing salute' and farewell!
« Last Edit: Sep 18, 2009, 12:48 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.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #34 on: Mar 24, 2009, 12:06 AM »
In recent years they enjoyed signalling QE2's horn like:

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Or

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Just for fun I expect?

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #35 on: Mar 24, 2009, 12:13 AM »
Exactly Chris!

BTW - how did you manage to post those wonderful images?  I've just spent ages trying to post a tiny one of the noble Norwegian's and their Rockets only to be told the image was too large!!

We were all enjoying ourselves at the same time as feeling very sad!
« Last Edit: Sep 18, 2009, 12:48 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.

Online Bob C.

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #36 on: Mar 24, 2009, 03:47 AM »
I think if QE2 could blow her own horn right now it might be something like this:

       * * *  ---- ---- ----  * * *

aka SOS.


Offline Mauretania1907

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #37 on: Mar 24, 2009, 09:03 AM »
I would agree with that. SOS indeed. >:(

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #38 on: Mar 24, 2009, 10:08 PM »
Nice one Bob!  Of course, she could be thinking that Our Souls (think about it) just aren't worth Saving....lol  ;)

I'll probably get moderated now  :-[
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Offline Avariel

Re: QE2 Funnel - and Whistle...
« Reply #39 on: Apr 01, 2009, 03:43 PM »

QE2 sounding her horn before leaving Rotterdam in 2007. Probably one of the few videos where I actually shut up and didn't add any smart alec comments to. I do admit I was waiting for Queen Victoria to 'reply' but sadly I didn't hear anything.

Another slightly off topic question, does anyone use the recording of the whistle for their phone ring tones or anything? I use a recording of the whistle for my Skype ring tone - shocks me every time someone calls. And also as the alarm tone on my iPod. The whistle is the perfect way to get me out of bed. Only because it shocks me and then I can't get back to sleep.

 

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