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Offline Waverley

QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« on: Mar 24, 2009, 09:48 PM »
Found this image. Scanned from a magazine page. Thought that it may be the dry dock at Greenock?

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 24, 2009, 11:28 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 10, 2009, 04:16 AM »
Almost looks like military night-vision!
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 10, 2009, 02:21 PM »
and possibly the earliest image of QE2 sporting the now familiar red funnel lol!
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 26, 2009, 12:24 PM »
QE2 in dry dock at the moment but here is an interesting British Pathe film of her entering the dry dock in Greenock for the first time

https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=45544


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Source:  British Pathe; Media URN 56993; Sort Number 68/095
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Description: Queen Elizabeth 2 sailing up Clyde, crowds of people on the banks of the Clyde. Clip of Captain William E. Warwick and Prince Charles, also Prince Charles with Warwick and Sir Basil Smallpiece.   'Queen Elizabeth 2' entering dry dock

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #6 on: Dec 14, 2009, 11:21 AM »
A nice shot taken from the train passing Inchgreen Drydock with QE2 resident. The tanker in the background is British Argosy - she is alongside the tank cleaning berth in the Great Harbour. The photographer was of the opinion at the time that the tanker was waiting for the dry dock to be vacated.

The shot is a wee bit grainy but it looked to be a bit of a grey day (in Greenock? Surely not!!  ;))

Photo reproduced with kind permission of Peter Somerville.

Hope it is of some interest - just wish I had been able to take some of my own but by the time I arrived on the planet QE2 had been in service for 2 years!!

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 14, 2009, 04:27 PM »
An outstanding and historic photo.  Thanks for posting!

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #8 on: Dec 14, 2009, 07:07 PM »
Oh my!!!  Brand new QE2!  In colour!!  ;D  This will be Late 68 ?

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2009, 07:12 PM »
Pin-Up material...     *love*       :P

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« Reply #10 on: Dec 14, 2009, 11:47 PM »
And taken from a moving train no less.  Excellent photography skills!

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #11 on: Jan 01, 2010, 11:21 PM »
Gav,

What a picture!!  You really can feel the history ouzing (not certain on spelling!) out of the colours.  Fantastic, thanks for posting.

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 11, 2010, 09:15 PM »
The shot captures so much anticipation, ship looking indescribably exciting and so close to being ready to go, wow!

Thanks for sharing :-D
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« Reply #13 on: Feb 15, 2010, 10:38 AM »
Some shots kindly given to me by Jim Orr of her passage to the Inchgreen Drydock on November 19 1968.
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« Reply #14 on: Feb 19, 2010, 01:42 PM »
Wow!   These pics were probably taken about half an hour after she passed me on the other side of the river at Dalmuir. Nice to see some photographic record of that day!

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« Reply #15 on: Feb 19, 2010, 10:33 PM »
A couple more from Jim for good measure...........
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« Reply #16 on: Aug 29, 2010, 11:14 PM »
First ever voyage.  Good record of QE2 leaving the shipyard heading for Greenock to the drydock.  I had not seen this one before.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=45545

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Source:  British Pathe media URN 56994
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Description:  Prince Charles welcomed onboard. QE2 leaving fitting out basin, and sailing down the River Clyde to Dry Dock in Greenock. 
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« Reply #17 on: Aug 30, 2010, 09:57 AM »
'Well found' indeed, Robert

This is superb.
It shows precisely why QE2 is every bit as important now as she was then.
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 30, 2010, 09:20 PM »
Robert, Simply the best.

I have never seen this video extract before and seeing this and many of the videos that have been posted makes me realise that even although I lived in Clydebank at this time I missed so much.  I envy the people who were lucky enough to be there at that moment in time. 
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 08, 2010, 12:57 PM »
An old newspaper shot taken on board as she pulled out of the basin.
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 02, 2010, 10:52 AM »
Hello
I have a few images like this which were taken in the Inch Green dock - not sure if they will be of any interest to you or not.
I am really looking for some confirmation that they are indeed the QE2 and any other details about her time spent in the dry dock.

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« Reply #21 on: Oct 02, 2010, 11:05 AM »
Hello and Welcome PG4U!
Good to have you join us.

That's a great shot
And a good bit of hull is availabe for us to see beneath the waterline
It's got to be QE2 hasn't it?
Others who are much more knowledgeable will help!
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,2388.0.html
Thank you for posting.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #22 on: Oct 02, 2010, 12:17 PM »
Hello
I have a few images like this which were taken in the Inch Green dock - not sure if they will be of any interest to you or not.
I am really looking for some confirmation that they are indeed the QE2 and any other details about her time spent in the dry dock.

Welcome, PG4U! And you come with a viewing of pictures of our favourite ship at a time when few of us were lucky enough to have known her. A great way to arrive -- thank you!

This is indeed QE2 -- and if you click on the picture to view it in larger size, you will see her name already written up on the bow.

I agree with Rosie (Twynkle) -- it is quite amazing to realise once again how much of her is under the waterline... for privileged eyes, and on special occasions, only...

Looking forward to the next ones!
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 02, 2010, 02:52 PM »
Thank you for the warm welcome!
I had noticed the name on her but with image manipulation being what it is............
These images were actually taken for the crane hire company who were employed at the time hence the
MacWilliam copyright I have added on them.
The other images will be added to my web site soon and I will let you know when this happens.

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« Reply #24 on: Oct 04, 2010, 01:56 AM »
Great photo PG4U.  Can't wait to see the others!

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« Reply #25 on: Oct 08, 2010, 08:42 PM »
Absolutely AWESOME.  Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #26 on: Oct 08, 2010, 09:45 PM »
Thank you very much PG4U from me, too

These photographs are superb, and do great justice to those guys on the cranes as well as the dockyard workers below.
Please could you convey thanks too, to Mr Craig MacWilliam.
It's generous of you both - and much appreciated.
Rosie
 

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« Reply #27 on: Oct 11, 2010, 01:14 PM »
Glad you enjoyed the photographs - I will pass along your thanks to Mr MacWilliam

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« Reply #28 on: Feb 06, 2011, 02:42 PM »
A colleague of mine passed me a couple of his railway collection  DVD's to look at as they had some footage of QE and QE2.  There is about a six minute piece on QE2 and in full colour, showing her launch and subsequent ushering into the fitting out basin.  It also shows her completed ready for her first voyage, and whoever took the movie was there to see her moving out on the voyage.  There is little commentary but what there is suggests that she was embarking on her sea trials but this was cut short and the ship returned to dock.  QE2 is clearly seen being swung around to enter the dry-dock but there appears to be loss of control and she hits the dockwall.  There is no footage of the damage done but the impact was quite substantial and the ship effectively "bounces" of the quayside.  I've checked around and can find no further information about this incident, I did see a BBC newscast with Richard Baker showing the arrival at the dock but significantly tthe incident was edited out! 

I'm intrigued to find out more about this incident.

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« Reply #29 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:17 PM »
Are these DVD's copyrighted? Can you post a link?  This would be very interesting to watch, especially the "bounces".

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« Reply #30 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:33 PM »
How lucky you are to be given this important piece of QE2 history on DVD.  
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 06, 2011, 05:52 PM »
Unfortunately they are copyrighted.  The company that produced them is CineRail and the disk in question relates to Scotlands Trains and is the second of two regarding Glasgow.

I've done some digging and found the actual DVD! Railways of Scotland volume 10

https://www.cinerail.com/product-category/railways-of-scotland/

Perhaps a hidden gem!
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #32 on: Feb 12, 2011, 10:08 PM »
19 November 1968

As QE2 left the fitting out basin at the shipyard she nudged the wooden wharf-side and scraped about 20 feet off her paint causing a plume of smoke because of the friction of the liner’s hull against the wharf; the ship was undamaged.

Upon arrival in Greenock QE2 lost some more paint as she gave a slight lurch to starboard and a few feet of orange paint was scraped away when her starboard side came into contact with the dock entrance.

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« Reply #34 on: Feb 23, 2011, 04:23 PM »
The QE2's size is so impressive when she is in the water, to see her in dry dock and her true size ... quite remarkable!  Thank you for the photos.

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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2011, 08:06 PM »
Rob has sent this link to an amazing photo of QE2 in Dry Dock 1968/69 by Ken McChesney.  Just fantastic!  


https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenmak/5678807601/

Here it is :


QE2-in-Dry-Dock by Ken McChesney, on Flickr
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« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2011, 11:48 PM »
Wowww...eeeeee! :D

That is an incredible picture. :)
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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2011, 12:08 AM »
Gorgeous photo, but what about the orange funnel in a 1969 photo?  Or are they colored flood lights????????????????

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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2011, 12:22 AM »
Gorgeous photo, but what about the orange funnel in a 1969 photo?  Or are they colored flood lights????????????????

I wondered about that too, and the pink-tinged mast!
And - those lines draped (?!) at the bow, don't they look a little strange...?
Take a look at the bow anchor area - do you think this anchor would have been cased-in at this point?
And all the lights on - in dry-dock?
Including bright lights through the Bridge windows....
Weren't these made with 'smokey' glass?

And there doesn't seem to be a flagstaff either?
Perhaps this photo comes from the time before Cunard 'took possession' of her?

Perhaps flagship might have a photo taken from the same angle at the same time?
It would be great to see one!
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« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2011, 12:40 AM »
Gorgeous photo, but what about the orange funnel in a 1969 photo?  Or are they colored flood lights????????????????

The scoop was cunard red, and the floodlights caused the red-ness to be spread up the funnel.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2011, 02:03 AM »

The scoop was cunard red, and the floodlights caused the red-ness to be spread up the funnel.

That was initially throwing me off too with the date, but seeing all the forward windows all lit up and not plated over made me think this was indeed 1969 and the lighting is causing that effect on the funnel.

Rosie, the bow anchor is in place in this pic.  I saved the original and lightened it up and you can see in place.  It was removed after it was damaged later on in her career as was discussed in the bow anchor thread.  The date escapes me.

Perhaps she's still in the water in the dock in this picture.  Either way, she's stunning all shiny and new and without any of the patches and infill of openings in her aluminum superstructure.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2011, 10:02 AM »
Thanks Ken and Rob!
Given the time of day that I first saw her 6 weeks ago (early morning, before sunrise - with binoculars!),
although still quite shiny, and with her lights on, she looked a bit sleepy then, although easily 'wake-able'!
In this image, she's wide awake, looking much brighter, more alert - with youth and on her side!
Her tall slim looking funnel certainly makes a difference too.

Great photograph - thanks for posting.
 

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #42 on: May 15, 2011, 05:06 PM »
I wondered about that too, and the pink-tinged mast!
And - those lines draped (?!) at the bow, don't they look a little strange...?
Take a look at the bow anchor area - do you think this anchor would have been cased-in at this point?
And all the lights on - in dry-dock?
Including bright lights through the Bridge windows....
Weren't these made with 'smokey' glass?

And there doesn't seem to be a flagstaff either?
Perhaps this photo comes from the time before Cunard 'took possession' of her?

I wonder if there's any connection with this thread?
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1352.0.html

Perhaps flagship might have a photo taken from the same angle at the same time?
It would be great to see one!


This is before Cunard took ownership, yes.  She wasn't in dry dock in Scotland after they accepted her.

The lights were all ablaze, because she would be stuffed full of workers trying to finish her, since she was already late!

The bridge windows were not tinted - but tinted film can be rolled down the windows on the inside to decrease the sun-glare.

And I'm sure it is connected with the other thread you mention.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2011, 08:00 PM »
It is odd to see the bridge all lit up since while in service, the bridge would never be lit up like that for night vision of the crew on watch.

Was this picture taken at the point when things were allegedly being taken off the ship as fast as they were being brought on?  ::)
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #44 on: Nov 06, 2011, 04:58 PM »
  On the strengthof that one , there is another series of photos of QE2 in Inchgreen docks  by the same crew,   http://pudzeoch.smugmug.com/Ships/RMS-Queen-Elizabeth-2-the-Last/3620601_spKHTZ/5/502079500_3ds7f#502079500_3ds7fhttp://  maybe this should be in the Inchgreen postings , I'll leave it up to you Lynda, once again I looked around for this on the forum but havn't seen any sign of it , however sorry if it has been posted previously
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« Reply #45 on: Nov 06, 2011, 05:25 PM »
So lovely to see the QE2 again Pete--very good set of photo's. Have seen some of them before but it is nice to look at them again.
Have saved the ones i want in to my album.

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #46 on: Jun 19, 2012, 04:13 AM »
QE2 in dry dock at the moment but here is an interesting British Pathe film of her entering the dry dock in Greenock for the first time
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1352.0.html

At about 1:40 into this British Pathe movie the commentator talks about a "slight scrape she got into...".  The video found at the below website shows how hard she hit when entering.  Its time lapsed (sped up) so it looks even more dramatic.

Enjoy.

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« Reply #47 on: Jun 19, 2012, 09:54 AM »
Quite interesting that Queen Elizabeth's positioning for sailing into the dock allowed her to sail straight in, rather gracefully.  On the other hand QE2 was required to do a left turn supported with tugs to prevent any damage and was rather a clumsy approach.  Not like her at all!
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« Reply #48 on: Oct 28, 2012, 03:42 PM »
Rob has sent this link to an amazing photo of QE2 in Dry Dock 1968/69 by Ken McChesney.  Just fantastic! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenmak/5678807601/

Here it is :


QE2-in-Dry-Dock by Ken McChesney, on Flickr

WOW that is just :o  I'm speechless, she looks astonishing!  She looks a very different QE2 to how she is today regarding the lighting. Those lines look very majestic as does the ship herself. She does look like a Queen! All regal and proud, just how a Queen should be.
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« Reply #49 on: Apr 12, 2013, 12:07 PM »
Another gem from You Tube.





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« Reply #50 on: Apr 12, 2013, 01:22 PM »
I wonder if anyone got sacked for the miscalculation at 2:24 in the video!

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #51 on: Apr 12, 2013, 11:03 PM »
I wonder if anyone got sacked for the miscalculation at 2:24 in the video!

At 2:45 she very noticably moves the same way at roughly the same rate; I wonder if there was a bit of a crosswind blowing from the portside that day?
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #52 on: Apr 13, 2013, 12:05 PM »
At 2:45 she very noticably moves the same way at roughly the same rate; I wonder if there was a bit of a crosswind blowing from the portside that day?

I think you're on the money there Peter. If you look at the smoke from the tugs and the flags on QE2's mast there seems to be a strong, gusting easterly blowing.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #53 on: Apr 22, 2013, 02:41 AM »
I always cringe when I see that collision.  You can see how one tug on the stbd side backs away and then jumps in at the last minute before the bump with the dock - too little too late.

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« Reply #54 on: Apr 28, 2013, 10:08 PM »
I don't think it's her second term in the drydock. I'm sure that's her first time in but open to correction.
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« Reply #55 on: Jun 08, 2014, 05:17 AM »
Sorry for the late reply, but this a very interesting video. I did not know this incident occurred. It's almost similar to a 1979 QE2 docking attempt in New York (featured on National Geographic's Superliners documentary), where the tugs were on strike and the QE2 was forced to dock without them.

The situation become dicey when a sub-surface current in the Hudson forced QE2's bow closer to Pier 90 while swinging her stern down-river. The first docking attempt was abandoned and at least one of the anchors had to be lowered to help control the ship's movement. In the end, she made it in without incident on the second attempt, thanks in part to the joint efforts of Captain Ridley and the NY Harbor pilot.

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QE2 Arriving At Inchgreen Drydock 19th November 1968
« Reply #56 on: Nov 12, 2019, 08:43 AM »
The Forum Moderators recently received a kind offer from a Mr Tony Dinning of the loan of 8mm cine film that his father Jackie,  a bus driver based at the adjacent Inchgreen Depot, shot of QE2 arriving at Inchgreen Drydock, Greenock from her builders John Brown on 19th November 1968.

We had the cine reel converted to digital format and it can be viewed below.

Copyright remains with Mr Tony Dinning and is reproduced with permission of Jackie Dinning.

The QE2 Story Forum thank him for permitting this valuable footage to be posted on this forum - its first viewing in electronic format!

Enjoy a piece of history!


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« Reply #57 on: Nov 12, 2019, 11:23 AM »
A few words of thanks - firstly thank-you  to Jackie Dinning, who recorded this epic moment when QE2 sailed into the Inchgreen dock and to his son, who contacted the QE2 Story admin to ask if we would be willing to convert the cine reel footage to a digital format so that it could be enjoyed by QE2 Story Members. 

But most of all a big thank-you to Clydebuilt 1971 (Gav) who took on the task of sourcing a company to digitise the film.

The film captures a moment in time when people stopped to watch QE2 dock at Inchgreen.  They would never know   QE2's claim to fame that she would acquire in her service life, but I am pretty sure that many of people who watched her arrive at Greenock on that day would be the same people who welcomed her back to Greenock in future years. 

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #58 on: Feb 18, 2020, 02:03 PM »
Some nice additional detail about Prince Charles' trip on board in 1968 in today's Herald!

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18242438.days---prince-charles-scotland-1968-1971/

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« Reply #59 on: Feb 18, 2020, 08:39 PM »
Still think her original profile was the best, very sleek and yacht-like.

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #60 on: Feb 19, 2020, 03:46 PM »
Still think her original profile was the best, very sleek and yacht-like.

I agree totally !   :)
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Re: QE2 Arriving At Inchgreen Drydock 19th November 1968
« Reply #61 on: Nov 19, 2020, 01:57 PM »
it was fifty-two years ago on 19 November that QE2 left Clydebank and sailed to Inchgreen Drydock.  Thanks to Jackie Dinning for recording this and for Clydebuilt 1971 who last year took time to have this digitised. 
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« Reply #62 on: Nov 19, 2020, 02:01 PM »
British Pathe film showing Captain Warwick and Prince Charles

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #63 on: Nov 19, 2020, 07:29 PM »
British Pathe film showing Captain Warwick and Prince Charles

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Incredible.  Isn't she beautiful.
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #64 on: Nov 20, 2020, 01:49 AM »
Such incredible beauty and majesty !
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« Reply #65 on: Nov 20, 2020, 10:39 AM »
A little gem! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Inchgreen Dry Dock
« Reply #66 on: Nov 18, 2021, 08:08 AM »
QE2 and Inchgreen Dry Dock

A total of seven tugs escorted QE2 (with Prince Charles on board) her to Greenock and drydocking on 19 November 1968.

Upon arrival in Greenock QE2 lost some more paint as she gave a slight lurch to starboard and a few feet of orange paint was scraped away when her starboard side came into contact with the dock entrance.

The pilot, Captain Peter Thomson, explained the second mishap:

“She leaned on a knuckle – normal maneouvre to bring her round to make her entry”.

QE2 entered the Inchgreen Drydock that evening. Cunard would later call the departure from the yard and the drydocking “a significant achievement” for the yard.

Until 1964 there was no dry-dock on the Clyde capable of accommodating the large passenger ships built on the river. Cunarders such as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth had to go elsewhere for dry docking before their trials.

Captain Warwick:

“She behaved like a great ship – she came under her own power, ably assisted by the tugs.

“It was her first time on her engine, and she went like a daisy. I was most agreeably surprised. There were no flaps, and everything went very well.”

The following information could now be confirmed for QE2:

Official Number         336703
Gross Tonnage         65,862.91 tons   
Net Tonnage            38,243.54 tons

While in dry dock the remains of her launch gear was removed, her bottom plates were cleaned and painted and inspections were carried out on her underwater hull. Each day hundreds of workmen were transported from Glasgow and Clydebank to Greenock.

QE2’s preliminary sea trials commenced two days later than planned due to severe gales; the delay confusing the onboard situation even more with the labour on board being inadequately organised which would result in little being achieved in terms of finishing during the trials.

At 1700 hours on Tuesday 26 November 1968 QE2 left the dry-dock in Greenock for preliminary sea trials which would allow a normal working-up procedure of the gearing.

On 27 November, she was off the Isle of Arran for the measured mile where she achieved 164 revolutions per minute with speeds in excess of 29 knots. Cunard’s Director of Engineering Tom Kameen reported later that these trials had been successful with a top speed of 29.5 – about 34 miles an hour – being achieved with a maximum speed of 31 knots being expected.

Captain Warwick:

“She turned at speed and barely heeled. It was easier than handling a motor car doing 34 miles an hours on a sharp bend”.

On the third run over a measured mile QE2 did 28.32 knots as she raced almost silently past watching boats 100 yards away before she turned at speed over a remarkably short distance.

Clyde Captain Willie McCulloach:

“I’ve never seen a trials ship manoeuvre like that. She turned like a speedboat”.

The trial had to be abandoned on the morning of 30 November when oil fuel contaminated the feed water system because of a faulty non-return valve. The oil fuel spill occurred in the aft boiler room during a run on the measured mile at 84,000 shp and immediate steps were taken to prevent fire and locate the source of the oil leak, which appeared to come from a drain pipe on the top side of a saturated steam relief valve.

Initially three tugs were despatched from Greenock to assist QE2 but she returned to port under her own power with the tugs acting as escorts.

Sir Basil advised reporters from his home that he thought there was every chance that the trouble would be cured in time for the ship to continue her shakedown trials on 10 December as scheduled.

At a stroke, delivery was delayed by one week while the trouble was located and put right. This required a lengthy period of cleaning out in dry dock and forced Cunard to cancel the charity cruise. Cunard took these events in its stride and agreed that final acceptance trials would be conducted on a 10-day trip to the west coast of Africa, where the air conditioning plant would also be tested.

On 30 November QE2 was again dry-docked for lengthy cleaning and decontamination of the whole of the ship’s main and / or auxiliary steam circulating systems. In all 42 valves were returned to the manufacturer for stripping and re-assembly.

A shipyard statement advised:

“Although the cause of this halt is only minor, the work of decontamination is time-consuming and will occupy up to two weeks, delaying the resumption of the technical trials until about 16 / 18 December. In the light of the otherwise successful trials programme so far, these resumed technical trials should not occupy more than 48 hours”.

Cleaning completed, she left for a second trial in the Irish Sea on 17 December 1968 for three days of trials which had been delayed by two days as high winds had prevented QE2
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« Reply #67 on: Nov 18, 2021, 08:09 AM »
And more
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #68 on: Nov 18, 2021, 10:01 AM »
These photos are just amazing, I have to admit that my heart missed a beat when I saw the pictures of her bow taken from below the ship in the Dry Dock.  I could quite easily want a framed picture of one of these. 

I have taken the liberty of merging these posts with the topic on the Inchgreen Dry dock in the QE2 Build section of the forum. 
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #69 on: Nov 18, 2021, 10:12 AM »
Having had another look at the pictures and zooming in on the images, reminded me of Gulliver's Travels when he landed in the land of the giants.  The people look so small and looking at the crane in the dry dock it is tiny compared to the bulbous bow. 

I think my Dad was at Greenock for the ship sailing into the Dry Dock, but I will never know if he took the train down to Greenock, or would he have had the opportunity to sail on the ship.  I wonder if there are any records about who sailed on the ship - were any of the shipyard managers onboard?
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« Reply #70 on: Nov 19, 2021, 06:01 PM »
Wonderful information and photos, Michael ! Thank you !
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« Reply #71 on: Nov 19, 2021, 06:45 PM »
The photos and information from Michael are incredible, 53 years ago today she was nudged into the dry dock!
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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #72 on: Nov 19, 2021, 10:18 PM »
Does anyone know what launch gear remained on QE2 all the way to Inchgreen?  Also wondering how the forward and aft poppets were attached (welded?) and how and where they were removed.

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #73 on: Nov 19, 2022, 01:42 PM »
Remembering 54 years ago on 19 November 1968 when QE2 sailed from John Brown's shipyard in Clydebank to the Dry Dock at Greenock.

Have look at the British Pathe News video
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=325.msg111349#msg111349

Four years ago in 2018 Michael Gallagher posted about this historic occasion.
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=8781.0

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Re: QE2 Inchgreen Dry Dock: 1968 (photos and film)
« Reply #74 on: Nov 19, 2022, 02:13 PM »
She was/is a beautiful ship. From ANY angle!


A photographer took  a picture of her in drydock, in Bayonne,  in the rain!
Still beautiful!

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« Reply #75 on: Feb 05, 2024, 10:44 AM »
I stumbled upon this facebook post yesterday, in one of the thousands of groups that post things about Clyde ships, ocean liners or QE2.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/889019021141801/permalink/7452828014760836/?mibextid=oMANbw

They've stolen our slide, without credit, which makes me sad  >:(   Not even sure how they acquired it without the watermark, something dodgy going on there... although I think we did distribute images to a newspaper to promote our 2019 slide discovery, which were then used full-size and without our watermark on their website...

HOWEVER within the topic, someone has posted two gorgeous short colour video clips of the ship sitting in the dry dock with life buzzing around it.  Hope you can see them.
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« Reply #76 on: Feb 05, 2024, 11:02 PM »
Facebook will have scraped it from that newspaper website - absolutely no question about that, given the number of times they've been in trouble for plundering entire machine memory files.
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« Reply #77 on: Feb 06, 2024, 01:49 AM »
Quote
  I stumbled upon this facebook post yesterday, in one of the thousands of groups that post things about Clyde ships, ocean liners or QE2. 
The comments are priceless
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« Reply #78 on: Feb 06, 2024, 07:14 PM »
The comments are priceless

Sounds like a good source of amusement; any chance of a screenshot or a copy and paste for those of us who aren't on Facebook and who consequently get the screen covered with a "sign in or sign up" pop up...?
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« Reply #79 on: Feb 10, 2024, 01:40 AM »
I know I was very sad when some years ago I went looking John Brown Shipping Yard on the River Clyde and it was a vacant lot
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