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Offline Kathy M.

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #30 on: Oct 24, 2010, 03:44 PM »
I clicked a link on his website and it had a place to put a dedication - so that's how I think I will do it - but will look at Ebay also - thanks!!
Kathy

bobso

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Re: Captain Nick Bates
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2011, 06:18 PM »
Here is a link to Captain Nick Bates who retired last October. Makes intersting reading. There are a number of pictures as well, maybe someone on the Forum will recognise themselves. Apologies if this has been posted before.

http://wearecunard.com/2010/10/queen-mary-2-ship%E2%80%99s-company-pay-tribute-to-captain-bates/

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2011, 10:53 PM »
Thank you for that link, bobso. I had not seen it before and enjoyed the story -- even though I am sad that he has retired and we shall no longer find him steering a ship!

bobso

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Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #33 on: Jun 30, 2011, 09:01 AM »
Here is a link to  site with some very nice pictures. Any members recognise themselves?--

http://www.nick-bates.co.uk/wp/gallery/

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #34 on: Jun 30, 2011, 12:01 PM »
Altogether a nice web site, bringing us up to date with his new role as an after dinner speaker.

Thank you, bobso, for having taken us there!

Pat Curry

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Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #35 on: Jun 30, 2011, 09:12 PM »
I'd say Nick Bates was one of the most popular captains; loved as much by passengers as crew.  Some are far from popular from the crew viewpoint.  However affable they appear in public, some can be distant and work by the book, operating an officious regime of crew discipline, crew cabin inspections and the like.  Not Nick Bates. What you saw was what you got with pax and crew alike. He was a pragmatist and crew duties were performed with sympathy.  He is a man of the people, and he relished his relationship with his crew, and they loved him for it. 

When I first worked on QE2, (from 1997) it was not unusual for crew to have worked on no other ship than QE2, for years and in some cases, decades.  Nick was through and through a Cunard man with over forty years service.  He had worked his way up from junior officer on QE2, via other Cunard ships to Master.   Nick knew the all the long-term QE2 crew like family.  He spent leisure time with them, fished with them and drank with them.  Other than Nick, I don't recall another captain welcomed in the F'o'c'sle Club. 

I first met him when he was QE2 Staff Captain, (or deputy captain; XO in military terms).  Carnival had recently taken over P&O, and were hell bent on swapping captains between lines, despite a marked cultural difference in management.  P&O captains came to QE2 and vice versa.  Nick was sent to Princess. 

Fortunately he returned to QE2 as Master after that, and I was on board at that time too.  His Captain's midday Bridge daily announcements were awaited with baited breath.  I believe he was unique in delivering his 'funnies' following the day to day Nav and weather reports.

Thank you bobso for reminding me of a great man.

I have just bought his book via his site. 

bobso

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Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #36 on: Jul 01, 2011, 05:36 PM »
Here is a link to a video of the man himself--Nick Bates--hope you enjoy watching it--

« Last Edit: Jul 02, 2011, 01:02 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

Pat Curry

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Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #37 on: Jul 02, 2011, 08:59 PM »
Wonderful video bobso.  Thank you for locating all this remarkable archive material ,,, Spine tingling!

What must it been like for the weeny Artemus to have the biggest liner in the world loom up out of the mist and stop alongside, mid Atlantic!    

How wonderful; to hear Captain Bates’ soft Irish accent again and his irrepressible wit with …”I think you might be sounding a little nervous that we might be running you over”. It has to be one of the funniest quotes ever made on the high seas.

The short video shows so much.  Brilliant navigation, his great captaincy, his great passenger skills, fantastic photography on board QM2 and on the ocean, and a truly memorable event.
« Last Edit: Jan 12, 2012, 06:26 PM by Queet-two »

Online cunardqueen

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #38 on: Aug 14, 2011, 09:43 PM »
« Last Edit: Mar 18, 2022, 11:56 PM by Lynda Bradford »
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #39 on: Aug 23, 2012, 03:59 PM »

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Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #40 on: Aug 23, 2012, 05:41 PM »
Thanks Isabelle!
I loved this story. Mr Bates is such a nice man.

Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #41 on: Aug 23, 2012, 07:41 PM »
What a good way to keep afloat.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #42 on: Aug 23, 2012, 08:51 PM »
And what a lovely warm interview! He was such a pleasant and cheerful captain of the QE2, with a great memory for people and a great presence on the ship. I am sure that we bumped into him here and there much more often than any other captain we sailed with.

In the video, I love the way he carries a piece of QE2 hull in his pocket to brandish to the interviewer and to show the viewers how thick QE2's hull really was!

Offline Rod

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #43 on: Aug 23, 2012, 10:34 PM »
Way to go Nick!

Offline Alistair

Re: Nick Bates
« Reply #44 on: Aug 24, 2012, 05:42 AM »
What an interesting interview with a lovely guy and what an amazing souvenire. With a hull that thick QE2 will last forever!