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Offline highlander0108

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #40 on: Sep 16, 2009, 05:25 AM »
September 16, 2008, saw QE2 call on New York for her second to last time.  I was there, although I just photographed the ship.  See link below of my recollection of that day. It pained me to see her sail off into the sunset, but I knew this time was not the last.
Ken
http://qe2-prideoftheclyde.blogspot.com/
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #41 on: Sep 16, 2009, 01:01 PM »
September 16, 2008, saw QE2 call on New York for her second to last time.  I was there, although I just photographed the ship.  See link below of my recollection of that day. It pained me to see her sail off into the sunset, but I knew this time was not the last.
Ken
http://qe2-prideoftheclyde.blogspot.com/


So, Ken, we could have met much sooner!

I was there too, steaming into and out of New York on QE2... exactly a year ago today.

The write-up is under this photo (it was part of my diary, written on board) :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2864905581/

The other photos of the day (over 100, I have to confess...) are here :

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22day+7%22&w=55206992%40N00&z=m

As the pictures are assembled here following a "search" in my photostream, they are pretty much in random order -- which may or may not add to your enjoyment!

It was one of those supremely memorable days, and I am so very lucky to have been able to do this on QE2... doing what she was built to do!

Offline highlander0108

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #42 on: Sep 16, 2009, 06:05 PM »
Funny that we both had the same shot taken of us in front of QE2 that day.  There is a good chance too that I saw you on the pier while milling about.  I had a brief chat with Thomas in the terminal that morning I think, as he was rushing out.

I wondered why the ship ever so gradually was turned and pointed down the river by the tugs.  Now, having read that the bow thruster seals were leaking and they were avoiding using them and it all makes sense.  It was pretty neat to see the tugs at work down at ground level, seeing the tow lines get taught and creak as a load was put on them to pull the ship off the pier.  That new tug was pretty impressive too as it could spin around on its own axis.  I was one of the few on the pier waving you off and i would have done anything to sneak onboard.......

The Crystal Symphony appeared to be on the same itinery as QE2 and had a far superior webcam so I monitored your progress through that, especially on the departure from Boston when QE2's cam locked up and was not refreshed for hours.

Ken
"There will never be another one like her" QE2's last Master Ian McNaught
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« Reply #43 on: Sep 16, 2009, 06:34 PM »
Amazing! I was surprised that there were only a handful of people waving us off -- mind you, they were enthusiastic...
So you were one of them -- had I known, I would have made sure to wave to you...  :D

I did take pictures of them, but have not uploaded them -- so shall check some time whether I might have caught you there!

The tugs scraped QE2 a bit that day, as we saw when tendering in Newport next day, but the crew did not think that this was much out of the ordinary for New York. It must be one of the hardest places to manoeuvre her.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3338964358/

Here is a video I enjoyed making, of our lead tug, Gramma Lee Moran, tooting in farewell to the lovely voice of QE2 :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3163046827/

And of course, it was a fabulous sunset, with all the New York buildings gleaming, and the sea itself turning gold before we retired to our cabins to change for dinner...

Crystal Symphony stayed with us for the next two days, but never said a word...  ;D ... was she shy about her voice?

Offline Kathy M.

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #44 on: Sep 17, 2009, 01:01 AM »
Amazing! I was surprised that there were only a handful of people waving us off -- mind you, they were enthusiastic...
So you were one of them -- had I known, I would have made sure to wave to you...  :D

I did take pictures of them, but have not uploaded them -- so shall check some time whether I might have caught you there!

The tugs scraped QE2 a bit that day, as we saw when tendering in Newport next day, but the crew did not think that this was much out of the ordinary for New York. It must be one of the hardest places to manoeuvre her.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3338964358/

Here is a video I enjoyed making, of our lead tug, Gramma Lee Moran, tooting in farewell to the lovely voice of QE2 :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3163046827/

And of course, it was a fabulous sunset, with all the New York buildings gleaming, and the sea itself turning gold before we retired to our cabins to change for dinner...

Crystal Symphony stayed with us for the next two days, but never said a word...  ;D ... was she shy about her voice?

My Dad got off the Symphony in NY on 9/16 - he said it was rather snobby - maybe the ship has the same attitude!

Also - I noticed in your Flickr account a video of a plane flying low over QE2 when you were departing - this may be a photo of it!

Kathy

Offline Twynkle

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #45 on: Sep 20, 2009, 12:03 AM »
20th September 1967  Launched and named at Clydebank by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

'Hat's off' and Three Cheers for QE2!
Hip hip Hooray!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Bob C.

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« Reply #46 on: Sep 20, 2009, 12:20 AM »
hip hip hooray

Offline Avariel

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« Reply #47 on: Sep 20, 2009, 12:22 AM »
Hip hip Hooray!

Offline Jem

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« Reply #48 on: Sep 20, 2009, 05:39 AM »
Many Happy Returns And May You Have Many More ;D

Offline Twynkle

QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline highlander0108

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #50 on: Sep 20, 2009, 11:34 PM »
These probably have been posted before, but deserve another look on the anniversary of her launching.

http://scotland.stv.tv/see-do/76386-qe2-memories-part-1/
http://scotland.stv.tv/see-do/76387-qe2-memories-part-2/
http://scotland.stv.tv/see-do/76388-qe2-memories-part-3/

Brings a grown man to tears....

"There will never be another one like her" QE2's last Master Ian McNaught
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Offline Bob C.

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« Reply #51 on: Sep 21, 2009, 04:38 AM »
Superb Ken, thanks  for sharing this!

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Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #52 on: Sep 21, 2009, 06:11 AM »

Nice find Ken,thanks.

Louis

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Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #53 on: Sep 22, 2009, 12:36 AM »
Alastair Greener has written this in his wearecunard blog :

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September 20 2008

QE2 celebrates her final Cunard birthday on her last Transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton

http://wearecunard.com/2009/09/queen-victoria-returns-to-her-birthplace/


It seems amazing that QE2 facts can get forgotten and distorted, even by a Cunard blog, after as short a period as one single year!

QE2 was in St John, New Brunswick, Canada, that day, and had a wonderful pipes-and-drums concert performed for her by the Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band :

https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=qe2%20%22st%20john%22&w=55206992%40N00

Nor was the transatlantic crossing, which she started after leaving Quebec, 4 days later on 24 September, her last...

This Forum is doing a really important job ensuring that facts about QE2 (even small ones like this!) are recorded as accurately (and as caringly!) as possible...

Offline highlander0108

Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #54 on: Sep 25, 2009, 12:55 PM »
I missed posting this yesterday. September 24th was the 250th anniversary of Guinness, which many of us enjoyed onboard.  When a heard a news story about this in the car yesterday, it took me right back to QE2.  I loved my fish and chips with a Guinness in the Golden Lion for lunch.

Ken
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Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #55 on: Nov 08, 2009, 08:51 AM »

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  3rd November 1070: Maiden call at Luanda, Angola

I remember my father telling me this call in Luanda he was there at that time.

Louis

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« Reply #56 on: Nov 15, 2009, 06:42 AM »
Here she is   at Gib.....


Offline Jem

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« Reply #57 on: Nov 16, 2009, 01:04 AM »
Nov 16 Civitavecchia Italy

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Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
« Reply #58 on: Nov 16, 2009, 11:19 PM »
This time for 15 years i was in mid Atlantic heading towards Hamburg for the 1994 Refit.There was a skeleton crew onboard and loads of contractors,most of them done no work for been seasick.  :D

Louis


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« Reply #59 on: Nov 16, 2009, 11:30 PM »
Amazing memories, Louis! You have certainly seen QE2 at times when few others had the chance... and seen parts of her that few others get to see.

Tell us some more about those days! Why was QE2 crossing the Atlantic without passengers? What were the contractors up to, when they were able to stand up and work? How was QE2 prepared for the refit?

 

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