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Re: 1992 Martha's Vinyard Grounding
« Reply #40 on: Sep 03, 2013, 11:15 PM »
I don't think this has been posted before... A really excellent write up by beyond ships website.

http://www.beyondships2.com/qe2-marthas-vineyard.html
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« Reply #41 on: Oct 23, 2013, 02:17 AM »
Not many people can say they were aboard the ship when she hit the un-charted rock, but I can!  ;D

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #42 on: Nov 11, 2013, 11:02 PM »
Not many people can say they were aboard the ship when she hit the un-charted rock, but I can!  ;D

Do tell us about it, Louis -- it must have been a day to remember!

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #43 on: Aug 07, 2016, 11:06 AM »
24 Years ago today.
(This picture of the crew T-shirt already posted 2010)
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #44 on: Aug 07, 2016, 11:23 AM »
I was onboard
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #45 on: Aug 07, 2016, 04:10 PM »
Caught between a rock and a hard place.....
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #46 on: Oct 07, 2016, 05:09 PM »
 Been ferreting around. Here's a nice link telling how they ever so carefully looked after her - to get her in dock    http://www.csmonitor.com/1992/0814/14032.html

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #47 on: Oct 09, 2016, 12:33 PM »
Been ferreting around. Here's a nice link telling how they ever so carefully looked after her - to get her in dock    http://www.csmonitor.com/1992/0814/14032.html

Fantastic, I'd never read that before, thanks.
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #48 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:07 PM »
A few photos from the damage thanks to Jon Edmonds

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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #49 on: Mar 13, 2017, 02:38 PM »
The Newspaper reports The Boston Herald
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Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #50 on: Mar 21, 2018, 03:21 PM »
Short clip here of coverage of her arriving home in Southampton afterwards.

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Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #51 on: Mar 21, 2018, 04:19 PM »
An elegant QE2 gliding into port.

Also enjoyed reading once again the report about the ship undergoing repairs in Boston.  There is so much information about QE2 on the forum - an amazing resource. 

 
Been ferreting around. Here's a nice link telling how they ever so carefully looked after her - to get her in dock    http://www.csmonitor.com/1992/0814/14032.html
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QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #52 on: Aug 16, 2018, 10:55 AM »
On August 7th 1992 the QE2 struck an obstruction while travelling at 24 knots, after the blades were removed in dry dock parts of the blades were chopped up to see what caused them to tear apart. I have a couple of pieces of these blades, they were given to me by the Technical stores manager at the time as paper weights.... one piece has numbers stamped on it ...2543-7-6 .... just thought i would post one of my more unusual artifacts...whats yours?

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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #53 on: Aug 17, 2018, 09:55 AM »
What is the round part with the numbers and what is it made of? It looks very like a bolt on zinc anode to me.

Interesting souvenirs.

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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #54 on: Aug 17, 2018, 11:45 AM »
havent a clue, i always assumed it was from part of the prop, i do not thin it is zinc , looks like phosphor bronze alloy...

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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #55 on: Aug 17, 2018, 04:03 PM »
Did QE2 have to have a replacement set of propellers fitted or were they repaired given the severe sounding damage to them? If so the July 1988 date for distance travelled in the other topic could be wrong?
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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #56 on: Aug 17, 2018, 05:16 PM »
I don't think the propellers were damaged at all.

Damage was largely confined to the forward half of the vessel and was concentrated in the areas of the keel and associated bottom plating. Ingress of water to the vessel was contained within deep and double-bottom tanks and caused no adverse effect on stability.

The Damage

•   A sounding pipe for No 1 Saltwater Double-Bottom Ballast Tank was found to be fractured within the Forward Tunnel space of the Engine Room and water was gushing into the forward Tunnel space. A tapered, damage control wooden plug was forced into the pipe to arrest the flow before the floodwater in the tank could be pumped out.

•   The previously empty No 10 fuel oil overflow tank in the double bottom had also filled and an officer was sent aft to see whether any traces of residue oil were contaminating the ship’s wake. The discovered seepage was reported to the US Coast Guard when a further report was made, the initial report being made 40 minutes after the grounding.

•   No 15 freshwater double-bottom tank, which had previously been empty, was full of saltwater and pressurised.

•   A cofferdam (between Nos 13, 14 and 15 freshwater double bottom tanks – the latter two later found to be contaminated with seawater – and Nos 8, 9 and 10 fuel oil tanks) was also found to be full.

•   No 14 freshwater double-bottom tank was not pressurised and contained seawater.

•   The tank top at the bottom of No 3 Hold was discovered to be buckled, possibly from the pressure of the air being compressed by the ingress of water and a damage control team was sent to wedge sturdy wooden shoring between the deck and deckhead in an attempt to prevent any likelihood of the tank-top rupturing under the tremendous pressure with a subsequent flooding of the compartment above.

•   The Forward Engine Room void space was making water.

The degree of damage to the shell plating ranged from an intermittent longitudinal rupture in way of the keel strake to general plate indentation and surface scaring.

Internal damage was sustained to associated frames and longitudinals located below the level of the double-bottom tank top.

It was only after QE2 had been placed in the dry dock that the true extent of the damage to the underwater hull became known. In all the damage covered a width of 80 feet over the keel and either side of it and extended over a length of 400 feet aft from the bulbous bow. The keel was covered in indents – some up to 240 feet in length and 14 inches deep – gouges and fractures, some of the latter being from 10 to 70 feet long and a 32 foot length and plates were buckled in place. In total 20 double-bottom tanks had sustained damaged to some extent and the port bilge keel had been severely damaged.

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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #57 on: Aug 18, 2018, 01:40 PM »
This is a really interesting account regarding the grounding - thank you, Michael.

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https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=217.msg2134#msg2134
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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #58 on: Aug 19, 2018, 03:25 AM »
Thank you very much, Michael, for this detailed information. There was indeed a lot of damage done.
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Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #59 on: Aug 19, 2018, 09:38 PM »
To enable propeller blades to be disassembled from the hub they usually have a hole in the blade surface for the lifting bracket to be bolted through. The circular piece in the photo looks like it could be one half of the bolt-in plug that fills the lifting hole in the blade surface.

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