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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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.

Thanks!
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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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?

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Offline Alistair

Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« Reply #34 on: Sep 08, 2010, 07:24 PM »
Curious.  Captain McNaught didn't answer my question.  Oh well.   

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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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Re: Ask the QE2's Captain (Ian McNaught)
« 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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