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Offline Andy F

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #120 on: Aug 23, 2011, 07:43 PM »
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'?

Looks like the French tricolore to me but quite why it would be flying while alongside in Soton is beyond me  ???
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Offline Andrew Collier

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #121 on: Aug 24, 2011, 12:25 AM »
Great video but it's deffinatly the French tricolour, I'm sure there is no other nautical use for the flag, I don't know but I suggest that part of the clip isn't filmed in Soton at all but added seperatly to the video, just a thought....
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #122 on: Aug 24, 2011, 07:00 AM »
That is the French flag which means the ship is in a french port, it can only be like Andy says two clips in one.Great video though.

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #123 on: Aug 30, 2011, 11:31 PM »
I have to agree Andy C and Louis as there is no nautical flag to my knowledge with that combination (just goes to show that things are not always quite as they seem!). 

Returning to the whistle, we were indeed treated to many an extended blast during her final 18mnths in service but whenever it went on for any length of time, it's resonating sound was not unlike a didgeridoo I always thought.  Listen again and see what you think... 
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #124 on: Feb 06, 2012, 03:20 PM »
QE2's Whistle Blowing and Blowing Passing Northumbrian Quay 17 Sept 2007

Thanks to magwaus
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Offline Barrie Evans

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #125 on: Feb 06, 2012, 04:48 PM »
Hi Rosie, Did you know that the  Q E 2  has three whistles,  audible  for ranges of up to 2 miles. !  On the mast there is one air whistle and one electric whistle,  used for making sound signals when the ship is manoevring. There is also one on the foredeck for use when the ship is in restricted visibility ( this whistle being sounded every 2 minuets by an automatic timer).  As you know all whistles are tested at noon each day. It always used to make me jump out of my skin, when we were having a drink at the funnel bar. ;D
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #126 on: Feb 06, 2012, 05:45 PM »
Hi Barrie - Thank you!
I did know :)
Strictly speaking - she has two whistles and a fog horn!
(It was the latter that caused one or two unsuspecting guests in the Grand Suites to have sleepless nights whilst she courageously made her way as she passed the Grand Banks off Newfoundland!)
You'll find lots more here about her great Whistles if you start on the link below to the first page of this topic:
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,206.0.html
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Offline Barrie Evans

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #127 on: Feb 06, 2012, 09:19 PM »
Hi Barrie - Thank you!
I did know :)
Strictly speaking - she has two whistles and a fog horn!
(It was the latter that caused one or two unsuspecting guests in the Grand Suites to have sleepless nights whilst she courageously made her way as she passed the Grand Banks off Newfoundland!)
You'll find lots more here about her great Whistles if you start on the link below to the first page of this topic:
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,206.0.html
Rosie


 
Hi Rosie,Thanks for the link for the Q E 2 whistle. It made very interesting reading. I noticed on one of your posts that it quoted on November 2nd 2008 , that the Q E 2 was in The "Pool"on her final visit.  I know on that date, she actually was in the port of Messina, Sicily
Barrie
« Last Edit: Feb 06, 2012, 10:24 PM by Barrie Evans »

Offline Rod

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #128 on: Feb 06, 2012, 10:32 PM »
Actually, ALL the whistles could be set off automatically, or manually. Turn the switch on the bridge to what you want to blow then push the button or set it for timed!

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #129 on: Feb 06, 2012, 10:41 PM »
Actually, ALL the whistles could be set off automatically, or manually. Turn the switch on the bridge to what you want to blow then push the button or set it for timed!

Might this be the switch here?
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.

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Skilly

There a photo on Skilly's post - bit like an egg-timer!
That's so cool. 8)



« Last Edit: Feb 06, 2012, 11:18 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 Rod

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #130 on: Apr 20, 2012, 12:03 AM »
One thing I never did was blow the whistle. Repaired it many times...but never blew it!

Offline Disco747

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #131 on: Jun 17, 2012, 06:18 PM »
I miss the wonderful deep throbbing bass blast of QE2's whistles! QE2 has the most awesome whistle sound of any ship!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #132 on: Jul 07, 2012, 11:54 PM »
Great picture of her foghorn here in 1985 -- and some human figures to show off its impressive size!


And here, the approach to New York, with the twin towers looming ahead :


With thanks to paul8622.

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #133 on: Jul 07, 2012, 11:58 PM »
Very impressive, yes - though I must say from that angle the appearance reminds me of the "Hoot" from "The Clangers"! ;D
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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #134 on: Apr 28, 2014, 04:23 PM »
Very interesting pictures. The people show you just how big that foghorn is! It would be great to see people stood next to the tyfons to see how huge they are!
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Offline Bob van Leeuwen

Horn and Whistle
« Reply #135 on: Aug 21, 2015, 10:15 PM »
This might seen to be a strange topic, but I could not find a satisfactory answer on Google, what is precisely the difference between a horn and a whistle? Ore are they the same?


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Re: Horn and Whistle
« Reply #136 on: Aug 21, 2015, 10:47 PM »
Have a look here, Bob :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,206.msg11318.html#msg11318

-- and indeed you might find the entire topic fascinating!
« Last Edit: Aug 22, 2015, 11:14 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Horn and Whistle
« Reply #137 on: Aug 21, 2015, 11:31 PM »
Hi Bob

Hope you will enjoy the posts on this topic.
It's one of the best!

A car has a horn, and ship has a whistle :)
Or - the horn is for land, the whistle for sea!
As jungle James mentions here
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,148.msg13898.html#msg13898

Good listening!
« Last Edit: Apr 22, 2016, 12:56 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 Bob van Leeuwen

Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #138 on: Aug 27, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Thank you so much for the replies, sadly I didn't have time to read it as thorough as I have wanted to do before, a lot of school work this week. But I just made the time right now to read it, and the link provided answered  my question, again thank you so much :)

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Re: QE2 Whistles
« Reply #139 on: Apr 21, 2016, 06:42 PM »
What maintenance and/or repair would need to be done to QE2's whistle for it to function well again ?  And what would need to be done to operate her whistle off of shore power ?
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