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Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« on: Jul 26, 2010, 12:33 PM »
In the second of our 'Ask the Captain' features (the first being Robin Woodall) we all have the opportunity to ask QE2's last Captain, Ian McNaught, the questions we've always wanted asked.

Closing date is Friday the 6th 13th of August.

Once again, like we did with Captain Woodall, please post your questions here, which will let me compile them into a coherent list for Ian to answer for us.

This is open to all our members however I would appreciate it if real names could be given to Ian.  If you don't wish to put your real name on this topic and/or on your profile, please send it to admin@TheQE2Story.com with the subject of 'my real name for ask the captain'.

Many thanks to Captain McNaught for agreeing to talk to us.

To see how this worked previously, click here for the forum topic and here for the webpage that resulted.
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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #1 on: Jul 26, 2010, 12:41 PM »
One thing I'd like to ask is when would they use "sprint and drift" as opposed to running at a constant rate?  By which I mean, at which sea state would the former cease to be economical?

I am asking because we had some "sprint and drift" in the Med on our Sept 2002 voyage ( under Paul Wright ); I noticed that the engines seemed to be running hard for a while, then not for a while, then hard again.  He confirmed to me when I asked him that they did indeed sometimes use "sprint and drift" when the sea was calm but I completely forgot to ask the question above in relation to it!
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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #2 on: Jul 26, 2010, 12:49 PM »
Thank you -- Rob and Ian. What a wonderful opportunity!

I would like to ask Captain McNaught to mention just two things that made QE2 special to him, over and above any other ships where he has worked up to now.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 26, 2010, 01:05 PM »
Yoooooohooooo!!!  Guess who...as if you don't already know.....It's Etta and Ann....we're BACK!  LOL

In the very unlikely event of our beloved QE2 becoming operational again....if asked ...would you be her Master again?   

also just wondered...have you gathered a large personal collection of QE2 items throughout your time with her.....

( hugs to Sue by the way!)
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 26, 2010, 01:48 PM »
How possible do you see Australia being the home of the QE2 having sailed her farewell voyage through our country and seeing the support of the community? Which Australian port did you feel was the most emotional and atmospheric farewell to the QE2?

Cheers,
Matthew.

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #5 on: Jul 26, 2010, 03:45 PM »
Well done Rob

"How are you enjoying your new command and do you find it strange to be Master of a ship that can sail the world over and not be recognised in the same was as QE2 was?"

Cheers

Myles
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 27, 2010, 01:59 AM »
Thanks Rob,

In this day and age do you think the North Atlantic could sustain 2 Atlantic Liners?

Jeremy

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #7 on: Jul 27, 2010, 02:21 AM »
Here's my question and should you decide to pass on this question, it is understandable.

"Thank you for the most memorable 22 days I have ever spent at sea, all on QE2, and all under your command.  Now, if ever the circumstances allowed you the opportunity to command the only true liner currently in service, QM2, would you return to Cunard?"

Cheers,
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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #8 on: Jul 27, 2010, 02:50 PM »
My question for Captain McNaught is this:

Is there any real chance that a group can be formed (and enough money raised) to make a serious offer to buy QE2, bring her to Glasgow, and maintain her as an attraction there -- and, if there is, will you take an active part in such an effort?

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 28, 2010, 03:19 AM »
Hi - great that you convinced him to do this. I have a couple.

1. What was the last thing you did before leaving QE2 in Nov 2008 ?
2. What went through your mind when QE2 touched bottom in Southampton Water as she came up the river for the last time ?
3. If you could have any command today of any ship - which would it be ?

Thanks, Andrew

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 03, 2010, 10:13 PM »
Thank you to Rob for this!
It's great to have an opportunity to express very many thanks too, to Captain McNaught.
His generous contributions during his many years of Service on board QE2 have made a significant difference.

The question to him now is, 'If you had been given the opportunity to choose something special to keep, what might you have chosen?'!

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« Reply #11 on: Aug 04, 2010, 11:29 AM »
I would like to ask the Captain what were his feelings the first time he took command of the QE2?
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« Reply #12 on: Aug 04, 2010, 01:26 PM »
Hi Everyone, Thanks Rob for arranging this...what a great opportunity!

Ok, question for Captain McNaught:-

"What was the fastest speed you every experienced from QE2 during your command?"

Also many thanks for looking after my wife and I on our several trips on board with you in command...including very memorably the final TA.

Many thanks and all the best,

Alex...

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« Reply #13 on: Aug 05, 2010, 06:08 PM »
Well done Rob for arranging, and thank you to Captain McNaught for participating!

My question is in two parts, as Captain of the ship, I'm sure you would have had access to all areas at all times.

Were there areas you never went, and which part of the ship did you find most exciting to visit?

And did the feeling of excitment, as i'm sure you must have felt at least in the beginning, for exploring the ship ever wear off?

Cheers  8)

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #14 on: Aug 06, 2010, 08:45 PM »
I have had two wonderful cruises on QE2 in September 2008 (Indian summer) and October 2008 (last westbound). The last westbound tandem cossing in October 2008  together with QM2 was really unforgettable. I will never forget the moment in NY, when Captain Ian McNaught stopped walking along the floor to shake my hands and to say Good Bye to me until next cruise while I was sitting on the ground near the theatre. My personal impression during my cruises was, that Captain IanMcNaught was the best Captain for Cunard and for QE2.
So my questions to the Captain are:
1.) Do you see any possibility in the near future to go back to Cunard and become Captain of QM2? I think it is the ship, you like the most, because it is the last liner.
2.) No question, you miss QE2 very much, because it was always your ship you wanted to be Captain on, since you were young. Does your new ship make feel you a little bit sad when thinking about your years on QE2?
3.) Do you see any chance to bring back QE2 to Great Britain where she should be?
4.) What about the danger of scrapping QE2? 
5.) Would you like to see her and walking around the floors in her actual condition in Dubai?
6.) What was your reason to leave Cunard and to go to Seabourn?

Thank you very much. Hope to see you one day on Queen Mary 2.

Regards

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #15 on: Aug 11, 2010, 11:56 AM »
Closing date for entries extended to this Friday - 13th
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« Reply #16 on: Aug 11, 2010, 12:48 PM »
Dear Captain McNaught,
I was a passenger aboard one of your very first voyages in command of the QE2.  I was crossing westboung ex-Southampton 26MAY03, arriving NY 1st June 2003.  I had a personal vehicle on board (an M-reg Volvo 850 Estate), and a dozen pieces of hold baggage, which in Southampton had been removed ostensibly for security reasons from the vehicle and placed in the hold baggage room (against my preference that it all be together).  Mid-voyage I bumped into you on deck, and asked you if I could have all my hold baggage put back into the vehicle so that on arrival the vehicle could just conveniently be driven off (per my original plan) in one easy neat operation with all baggage aboard.   You said politely but firmly no, citing security reasons.  The irony was that, in Southampton when they removed all the baggage from the vehicle they evidently could not lift the ten-ton exercise bike so they left that in the vehicle (the fly wheel of which could easily have been stuffed with C4 explosive).  So, I ended up having to decant all that hold baggage, pay a porter to move it in the lift downstairs in New York, and then re-pack everything in a rush.  When they opened the stern hatches, there was my vehicle -- covered in black garbage bags!  (The garbage bags in the 70s I used to watch staff throwing off the stern in the middle of the night, leaving a wake of garbage bags in the cean as far as the eye could see.   My question:  Was your real reason for saying no the eminently practical problem of getting to the vehicle under all that garbage, or was/is there a real security policy impediment?  If the latter how do you explain the exercise bike?  In the end that inconvenience cost me a computer (broken by stevedores as they slung it and other hold baggage down the belts).  Just wondering.   No hard feelings.  Wish you the very best in your new position.

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #17 on: Aug 13, 2010, 11:17 AM »
Thank you everybody for your submissions so far.

Today is your last chance, and then we will be closing this topic to allow us to put together a coherent selection of questions to send to Captain McNaught.

Cheers,

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« Reply #18 on: Aug 13, 2010, 12:32 PM »
I would like to ask Ian, What was it that made QE2 so special to you?? Did you finish with Cunard as QE2 was the last great liner and you fealt that you needed a change in direction with your career going to Seabourn?

Having met you on the final world cruise i found you to be the nicest man who was friendly with everyone, crew and passengers. You were a real asset to Cunard, do come back one day. :)

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« Reply #19 on: Aug 13, 2010, 04:21 PM »
Rob... thanks for this opportunity to connect with Captain Ian.....

Message and question for Ian......My late husband and I sailed on the QE2's Farewell to Bermuda cruise in May 2003 not long after you took command as master of QE2...... My husband was born in Sunderland and he enjoyed a nice chat with you about school days, etc. in Sunderland and area.....I was very sad to see you leave Cunard... I just returned from a 20 day voyage to Norway and back on Queen Mary 2 with Capt. Nick Bates......what a wonderful voyage that was....Capt Nick is retiring at the end of this month.....I would dearly love to see you take command of Queen Mary 2.. QE2's true sister !!  If that chance came, would you consider it ?

Thank you very much... Linda Crooks...Sarnia, Ontario Canada.

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« Reply #20 on: Aug 13, 2010, 04:55 PM »
I should have said this earlier (but I was away on holiday) but we're really only looking for questions for Ian relating to his time with QE2.

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 13, 2010, 07:03 PM »
Hello. 

My two questions would be, if you could choose a future for QE2, what would it be?  And what is your fondest memory from your time as her master?

-Scott

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 13, 2010, 07:43 PM »
My question is has he seen my Virtual Tour website?

I hope so and that it brings back some fond memories of "our" ship.

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #23 on: Aug 14, 2010, 04:26 AM »
I have some questions regarding the possibility of returning QE2 to her home in Clydebank:

1.  Knowing she made the journey down the Clyde in original configuration, what was is the actual working draft of the ship in her final years and final incarnation?
2.  Do you know what the maintained channel depth is on the Clyde up to the location of the Titan Crane?
3.  If all the fuel were removed, ballast pumped out, and the ship lightened up as much as possible, can you guess what the draft of the ship be?
4.  If the funnel and foremast were temporary removed to clear the Erskine Bridge, do you think it is feasible for the ship to make the journey back to Clydebank?

Regarding the reports that the aluminum superstructure is poor condition:

1.  Were you ever worried about damage to the aluminum superstructure during rough weather?
2.  Was this a factor, along with the fuel consumption, in slowing down the ship for crossings to minimize wear on the alumiinum?

Finally, a few on the final voyages:

1.  Were you tempted to run her flat out to demonstrate her speed for a final time, similar to the speed demonstrated on the final departure from Southampton? 
2.  Did you have any special instructions from Cunard regarding the ship's top speed, especially on the final voyage?
3.  It must have been tempting to showcase her speed for the final time and hand her over with empty tanks.  How much fuel did you leave in the tanks in Dubai?
4.  How many engines were running on our tandem crossing with QV and how did the fuel consumpton compare with QV for the same given speed?

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #24 on: Aug 16, 2010, 02:47 PM »
One thing I'd like to add just now - after thoroughly reading the questions while putting together the document to send to the Captain - is what he told me when I spoke to him back in June before our Clyde get together weekend which he nearly managed to attend.  He said that Seabourne was providing the kind of luxury, personal service that QE2 used to and that there were a huge number of former QE2 regulars travelling with Seabourne now. 
He wasn't just giving me marketing spiel, because he was speaking off the record, I could tell he genuinely enjoys the Seabourn ships and their style. 
Also the interesting ports that their smaller ships can get to which must make a nice change after years of parking a giant ship with a 32 foot draught and a need for many tugs each time!
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« Reply #25 on: Aug 16, 2010, 02:49 PM »
That's interesting, Rob.

So all we need now is for Seabourne to be persuaded to paint their hulls black and their funnels red.....??? ;)

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« Reply #26 on: Aug 17, 2010, 04:54 PM »
That is interesting Rob, as I do recall my first time onboard QE2 in the 90s that Seabourne was marketed as being the same experience as QE2, only more intimate.  It would make sense that it continues that feeling as it hasn't been so rebranded.


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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #27 on: Sep 02, 2010, 02:49 PM »
Captain Ian McNaught has now answered our questions - and some of his answers make for absolutely fascinating reading.

I'm going to have to leave you all in suspenders for a few more days though - I will publish his answers on our website early next week, as I am going away for a few days today.

I would like to once more publically and profusely thank Sue and Ian McNaught for helping us to Keep the Legend Alive, after they spent so many years helping to create the legend.
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« Reply #28 on: Sep 02, 2010, 03:41 PM »
Looking forward with great anticipation to the answers Rob.
Suspenders being stretched to the limit!!  ;D

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 02, 2010, 04:42 PM »
I am really looking forward to seeing Ian McNaught's response to the questions.  Rob you are cruel letting us know that you have the answers then leaving us in suspenders until Monday. 

I am sure that everyone from the forum would want to thank Ian McNaught for taking the time to answer the questions and also say thank-you to Rob for arranging the questions and answers session. 
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« Reply #30 on: Sep 02, 2010, 04:48 PM »
Quote
  Rob you are cruel letting us know that you have the answers then leaving us in suspenders until Monday. 
 
If theres one thing worse than not knowing is not knowing what your not knowing... ???
Of course maybe Rob could make the Q &A only known to the registered members... ;)
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« Reply #31 on: Sep 02, 2010, 06:11 PM »
Thank you for the 'Advance Notice' Rob
Did you ask a question too?  ;)

Hope that you enjoy your time away,
looking forward to your return :)
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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« Reply #32 on: Sep 06, 2010, 11:32 AM »
I would like to ask the Captain what were his feelings the first time he took command of the QE2?

Hi Lynda,

If you have our book "The QE2 Story" , Captain McNaught shared his thoughts of commanding QE2 for the first time on page 112.

Cheers, Chris.

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« Reply #33 on: Sep 08, 2010, 02:13 PM »
I'm putting the page together just now - it will be loaded up later on today - bear with me, and sorry for the delay.  I spent a day longer at the highlands than I meant to - partly Myles' fault for leading me astray with an all day breakfast in Elgin :)
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« Reply #34 on: Sep 08, 2010, 07:24 PM »
Curious.  Captain McNaught didn't answer my question.  Oh well.   

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« Reply #35 on: Sep 08, 2010, 08:14 PM »
A very special  thank you to Capt McNaught for answering my questions and the others too with such honesty..you can STILL feel his great  love  and pride of QE2 through every line....

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for us on the forum . It has been very much appreciated.    WE wish you Happy Sailings on Seabourn and hope our paths may cross again soon.

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« Reply #36 on: Sep 08, 2010, 08:58 PM »
Is it me or am l missing where the answers are posted.
Sorry Rob about keeping you back. Guilty as charged  :-[
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« Reply #37 on: Sep 08, 2010, 09:04 PM »
Read your newsletter!!  We were trying to do it as a 'members special' to start with - so only registered members know the link, and it was emailed to you a couple of hours ago in the newsletter.
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« Reply #38 on: Sep 08, 2010, 09:59 PM »
Many thanks to Ian & Sue for the interesting responses to the questions. In addtion, thanks to Rob for arranging. (Some good pics posted!)

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« Reply #39 on: Sep 08, 2010, 10:03 PM »
OK so now that the members have had first dibs for a few hours, I can exclusively reveal the cunning secret process to find the page with the interview on it.

Click the [HOME] button at the top of the screen to take you to our main website. 
Then Click on [Ask the Captain - Ian McNaught].

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #40 on: Sep 08, 2010, 10:26 PM »
Some excellent questions followed by some great answers by Capt McNaught.
I particularly like the last answer he gave regarding the tanden crossing with QV  ;D
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« Reply #41 on: Sep 09, 2010, 12:34 AM »
Superb Rob, well done!

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« Reply #42 on: Sep 09, 2010, 02:33 AM »
I particularly like the last answer he gave regarding the tanden crossing with QV  ;D

I was onboard and his daily announcements and brief speech at the World Club cocktail party gently poked fun at QV with statements like that.  Classic McNaught wit!  There were jokes about us pulling ahead, arriving early to get some shopping done in NYC, and then coming back out to greet QV.  ;D
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« Reply #43 on: Sep 09, 2010, 09:10 AM »
Yes brilliant answer - we were on QV and it sure felt like we were flat out. I remember often gazing over at QE2 - looking every bit the sleek greyhound, hardly out of breath at all........

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« Reply #44 on: Sep 09, 2010, 12:25 PM »
Thouroughly enjoyed reading Captain McNaught's answers. I thought the questions were great and the answers brilliant.
Thanks Rob for organising and thanks to Captain McNaught for taking the time to answer the questions is such great detail.

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« Reply #45 on: Sep 09, 2010, 02:43 PM »
Thouroughly enjoyed reading Captain McNaught's answers. I thought the questions were great and the answers brilliant.
Thanks Rob for organising and thanks to Captain McNaught for taking the time to answer the questions is such great detail.

Alistair

Hear hear!!!

Thanks Rob.

This site just goes from strength to strength.

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« Reply #46 on: Sep 10, 2010, 02:07 AM »
What fantastic answers! My favourites were the final part to question 11 and best of all the final answer ;D
Thank you so very much Ian for taking the time to answer my question about 2 liners, makes perfect sense.
Just thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Great work Rob. :)

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« Reply #47 on: Sep 13, 2010, 10:11 PM »
Wow.  What a priviledge to have this opportunity!  I too like the answer to Q11 the best (as it was my question!)...

What a contrast, hearing such tales of life in her prime to the somewhat forlorn imagages which have come out today...a ship really is about its people...

By coincidence we have just come back from a short Med Cruise and coincided with the Seabourne Spirit in Dubrovnik...no sign of the captain though, just lots of his happy passengers!

Thanks Captain and thanks Rob, this really made my day.

Alex.

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« Reply #48 on: Sep 15, 2010, 12:52 PM »


Thank you Captain McNaught!
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« Reply #49 on: Sep 16, 2010, 09:27 AM »
Thank you Captain McNaught!

Thank you, your replies  are much appreciated.

Highlander0108's image above  seems to epitomise exactly what you say
Although our experience of QE2 was 'then' -  'now' there are many valuable memories.
Her success has been due solely to the efforts of everyone who contributed so much to her life - from Day One!

Hopefully the silver model will find a home - if it's not possible for it to stay in your living room
then definitely, it needs to be somewhere where it will be equally well enjoyed.
The best possible subject for conversation!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #50 on: Sep 22, 2010, 07:02 AM »
Rounding the South Channel Pile Light requires the ship to make a sharp turn of more than 90 degrees to port. The Master required that this turn be executed slowly and gradually, presumably for the comfort of passengers.

The answers that Ian McNaught gave to the questions found elsewhere in the QE2 Story forum reminded me of the discussion I had with him that night. We took probably five hours to make the passage up the Bay to Port Melbourne at a leisurely pace. When we got to Station Pier and the ship was being put alongside, observations were made about the nature of the ship, her passengers and crew. They were always caring observations and conveyed a strong empathy with the ship and her passengers and crew.

Once the ship was alongside Capt McNaught asked if the pilot and I would stay for breakfast but we both had to get away and  declined his invitation. The Captain gave us each a plaque commemorating QE2's final year of service which was a lovely and unexpected surprise.

"They were always caring observations and conveyed a strong empathy with the ship and her passengers and crew."

Yes indeed -- this is the quality that comes out in Ian McNaught's responses to our questions. You put your finger on it so well!

I too want to thank Ian, Sue and Rob for having made it possible to read Ian's views on so many matters that we brought to him. Not only his love of QE2, but also his own caring personality shine through in his answers. I wish him many more contented days on the sea!

Offline Mauretania1907

Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #51 on: Sep 23, 2010, 03:55 AM »
I wish him well with his new ship. May he enjoy many days and years of enjoyment with her too.