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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #30 on: Oct 14, 2011, 10:15 AM »
Thank you, Michael, for this comprehensive list.

It is astonishing that QE2 survived this damage, was repaired and continued on her way. She must have been a very precious asset for her owners to have taken on these repairs and expenses.

Sounds like it was a miracle that no one working below decks was injured in the event...

Yes, thanks Michael, awesome information which I have never read in such detail elsewhere.

If QE2 had not been re-engined at huge expense, this incident would in all likelihood have spelt the end for her.  Don't you think?  The fact that they had already poured an enormous investment in her to see her through the next 20 years, meant it was economically viable to repair her.
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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #31 on: Oct 14, 2011, 10:16 AM »
I was surprised to see rivets below the waterline during my one and only time with QE2 in drydock: 1994 in Hamburg. The sensation and amazement of crawling under her while she was in a floating drydock remains with me today. I took pictures but not a professional so the top picture shows a line of rivets while the bottom one is zoomed in on them.

What if 'Hotel QE2' was the first preserved liner to be done so out of the water - so that you could go underneath - it would also make it easy to appreciate her lovely lines, and the below water technology etc.
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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #32 on: Oct 14, 2011, 04:27 PM »
Photos above for you Bob

I see the riveted line in the hull in the 2 photos above but we are talking about the bilge keels being rivented onto the hull.  I have yet to see evidence of rivets but have seen what appears to be a weld bead as stated in my previous reply.

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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #33 on: Oct 14, 2011, 04:38 PM »
What if 'Hotel QE2' was the first preserved liner to be done so out of the water - so that you could go underneath - it would also make it easy to appreciate her lovely lines, and the below water technology etc.

At the risk of going off-topic, this is an interesting idea.  Although I would include some sort of effect to mimic a waterline such as with lighting or streamers.  Perhaps the ship could be lifted a bit higher than a standard keel block height to accomodate upright walking for taller visitors.  Perhaps a lift and stairway can be extended down to and through the bottom of the hull. 

I'm betting this would be a big draw for curiosity seekers.  I'd definitely go down there.

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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #34 on: Oct 14, 2011, 05:34 PM »
What if 'Hotel QE2' was the first preserved liner to be done so out of the water - so that you could go underneath - it would also make it easy to appreciate her lovely lines, and the below water technology etc.
Interesting idea Rob, tihis would create a spectacular and awesome site for visitors.
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Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #35 on: Oct 14, 2011, 07:28 PM »
I don't know how to read the technical aspects of plans but have been going through the ones I have for the double bottom to see if I can find evidence of rivetting and I see the bilge seams were riveted. Here is how they were:


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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #36 on: Oct 14, 2011, 09:02 PM »
No doubt that the bilge seals were riveted as seen in the above photos; however, I'm talking about the bilge keels on the port and stbd sides.  I think we are on the same page but do you have any photos or drawings of the bilge keels?

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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #37 on: Oct 14, 2011, 11:55 PM »
At the risk of going off-topic, this is an interesting idea.  Although I would include some sort of effect to mimic a waterline such as with lighting or streamers.  Perhaps the ship could be lifted a bit higher than a standard keel block height to accomodate upright walking for taller visitors.  Perhaps a lift and stairway can be extended down to and through the bottom of the hull.  

I'm betting this would be a big draw for curiosity seekers.  I'd definitely go down there.

IIRC, the SS Great Britain in Bristol (UK), sits on a glass 'sea', giving the appearance she is floating even though she is in dry dock.  Haven't been there for a while now but also seem to recall that it is possible to descend beneath the waterline for a wander round.
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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #38 on: Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 AM »
We are never going to get these 2 pound lobbies delivered to our houses!

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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #39 on: Oct 15, 2011, 02:59 AM »
Interesting idea Rob, tihis would create a spectacular and awesome site for visitors.
Steve S.

I have thought of this as well, after seeing Queen Mary esentially landlocked in her berth in Long Beach (from Myle's Photos anyway).  It truly would be impressive to be able to walk around and under the ship.
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Re: Below the Waterline
« Reply #40 on: May 30, 2024, 08:43 PM »
some added pics
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: Below the Waterline
« Reply #41 on: May 31, 2024, 01:19 AM »
Some amazing pictures there.
Thanks to all involved!