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Offline highlander0108

QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« on: Feb 28, 2009, 03:46 AM »
Here is a link to the accident report on the August 7, 1992 grounding off Cuttyhunk Island, which is off Martha's Vinyard, Massachusetts.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources/queen_elizabeth_2_pub_1993.pdf

I remember event this vividly. QE2 made all the news here and although the amount of damage was downplayed, the inevitable comparisions were made to Titanic.  This incedent made QE2 famous, like she needed more notoriety, for illustrating a not widely understood phenomima called suction, where the hydrodynamic properties of the hull running at speed in shallow waters actually pulls the hull towards the bottom.  The amount of "squat" or suction that a large ship creates was not commonly known outside of theoretical engineering circles.  QE2 rather dramatically illustrated this effect.  In defense of the Captain and pilot, the charts had the depth wrong as well.

Michael Gallacher give more details about the Martha's Vineyard Grounding in the "Hull Patches -what was each one from" topic
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Offline pete cain

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #1 on: Mar 01, 2009, 05:31 PM »
Hi Ken, most interesting reading ,I've seen similar reports but this is obviously the full report, I've searched high & low for dockyrd photos of the damage but havn't seen any; were there ever any & if so were they all secreted away???? pete cain

Offline highlander0108

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #2 on: Mar 01, 2009, 07:02 PM »
I'd like to see some good photos as well.  Perhaps someone in the shipyard took some and in time will come forward with them.  Of course, you can bet it was fully documented by Cunard.
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KEV

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #3 on: Mar 15, 2009, 12:00 AM »
What a fascinating report. Obviously a very serious and expensive incident,fortunately with no injuries. It highlighted to me though just what skilled work goes on behind the cossetted world of us passengers

Offline Mauretania1907

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #4 on: Mar 16, 2009, 07:26 PM »
I have some news reports about this in my scrapbooks that were sent me by an American penfriend at the time, and I suspect she did a lot more damage to herself than merely a scratch on her bottom.

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #5 on: Apr 13, 2009, 04:31 PM »
I was onboard when it happened in  August 1992.We had just sailed from Marthas Vineyard it was evening was a PRS then working in the old Midships bar when it struck. I think i have pics somewhere as soon as i find it ill post some

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #6 on: Apr 13, 2009, 05:42 PM »
Louis-you are already proving a great eyewitness man on the spot to some of the things that little is published about-nice one!

Offline Andy F

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 13, 2009, 06:59 PM »
Agree with Kev there Louis and always interesting to hear things from a crew perspective.   
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #8 on: Apr 13, 2009, 08:18 PM »
Heres the QE2 in Boston drydock.

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #9 on: Apr 14, 2009, 04:24 AM »
An awesome photo.

Doing a google news search,  there was a lot of press coverage of this incident.  Sadly, all these news agencies have a pay-per-view on their archives.   It would make facinating reading.

Offline Andrew Collier

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #10 on: Apr 14, 2009, 12:20 PM »
Hi Everybody,

The best report of this incident, and the damage it caused, that I have seen, illustrated with a couple of rather average B&W photos showing the damage, is to be found in the later version (2002) of David F. Hutchings 'QE2 A Ship for All Seasons'

An excellent book, many many facts about the ship and its career, and easy to find things in as well. I like the early version (of which there is more than one) so much I bought the updated version to go with it when it came out.

Anyone wanting it should have no trouble finding it through amazon or elsewhere nice and cheap as it is out of print but not rare.

Cheers  8)

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Offline Chris Frame

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #11 on: Apr 26, 2009, 04:27 PM »
Found this image on the Maritime Traffic website here: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=232089000#top_photo


Offline Andrew Collier

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #12 on: Apr 27, 2009, 10:42 AM »
Excellent set of photos, thanks for sharing, scroll through to number 21 for the Boston Dry Dock one.... Cheers!
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Offline Andy F

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #13 on: Apr 27, 2009, 08:13 PM »
Agree Andy, an excellent collection indeed.  Great to see some of Chris' shots included and enjoyed seeing the ones taken in Piraeus last year as was aboard at the time.
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #14 on: Apr 29, 2009, 08:25 PM »
great collection

Offline pete cain

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #15 on: Jan 28, 2010, 03:07 PM »
Shame this information wasn't around at the time   http://www.pilotmag.co.uk/2008/02/01/squat-part-1/http://, QE2 is referred to....

Offline Cunarder Man

Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #16 on: Jan 29, 2010, 08:24 PM »
Crew wearing a T-shirt illustrating 'QE2 on the Rocks'.

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #17 on: Apr 04, 2010, 01:33 PM »
Oh I really took the hump with Cunard over this one as we were booked on the cruises after it.....needless to say we didnt sail so spent the 6 weeks already planned for the holiday entirely in the USA .! Shopped for Scotland and had too much luggage to trail back.....thankfully BA upgraded us to first class....but it was hardly the same as a trip on the Qe2....

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2010, 01:59 PM »
A newspaper report
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: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2010, 02:03 PM »
and another..from the Boston Herald
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

 

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