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Flyingscot, John Brown Shipyards
« on: Sep 17, 2010, 04:41 PM »
I was 16 or so when I began working in John Browns. It was just before the order to build the new ship. We all knew her as the Q4. I remember being at the laying of the first section of the keel. Later when building as an apprentice I wandered over every part of the ship althuogh our dept was mostly concerned with the engine room. So much was going on then and for us it was an amazing sight to see such a vessel being constructed on the Clyde at that time.
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Online Bob C.

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 17, 2010, 06:44 PM »
It would be awesome to read your recollections on this forum. Hopefully you are up to it because I don't think I am alone in wanting to hear every detail you can remember!

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 17, 2010, 08:10 PM »
That's right, Bob -- I too am waiting to hear more  :D  !

You must have fascinating stories to tell, flyingscot, as you have seen many of the places we know well, before they had become what we now know. And the work too... we only know it from snippets of film...

Will you be in Clydebank on Monday? There will be a great QE2 walking tour there, and a lecture in the evening!,2377.0.html

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 17, 2010, 09:50 PM »
Welcome to the QE2 Story Flyingscot.

I am looking forward to hearing your stories about working on the QE2.  No one could have known in 1967 that the QE2 would be the most famous ship in the world. I remember speaking to Commodore Ronald Warwick on board the QE2 and he said that the people who had worked on the ship should be very proud as she is a magnificent tribute to their skills. 

I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 18, 2010, 10:15 AM »
Welcome aboard, great to have you here, and you'll be a very special guest, because not many people (yet) have shown up from the great shipyard itself.

Do you remember thinking/knowing she would be the last when you were working on her?  How did you feel when she left?
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