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Rod Fair, QE2 Engineer 1971-1988
« on: Jul 23, 2011, 02:37 PM »
Joined QE 2 as an Engineer Cadet in 1971. Back to college for a year then back on board until Dec 1988. Saw many things. Bomb scares, hurricanes hepatitis epidemics etc etc.
Great to find this site.
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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #1 on: Jul 23, 2011, 04:48 PM »
Welcome, Rod

It's really great that you have joined us
Thanks so much for enlightening us further,
and when the 'engines' of the hotel have taken more of your attention -
it'll good to learn even more about the engineers' 'lot' on QE2!
Have you reached the posts about the Falklands campaign (here on the Forum) yet?
It must have been really interesting, if exhausting work -
especially as you worked on board for a long time, and before the conversion to diesel-electric
Rosie



« Last Edit: Jul 23, 2011, 05:04 PM by 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.

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #2 on: Jul 23, 2011, 05:16 PM »
Havent got there yet. Will do. 2 Yards to mow today.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #3 on: Jul 23, 2011, 08:20 PM »
Havent got there yet. Will do. 2 Yards to mow today.

No worries, Rod - the fact that you have arrived today is just brilliant!
Having met a few people who were working on board during the 1980's (and earlier) has been great
and to know that you were around during the 1970's is every bit as good!
The Forum needs as many '70s-ites' as it can get.... ;)  
without denying any of the glory to the others, you understand!

Just as a matter of interest - about Harris tweed, leather, chrome and all the other 60's decor 'stuff'  - did you notice any of that too?
These come under other topics - we are going to have a great time just thinking about it!
Rosie.
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.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #4 on: Jul 23, 2011, 11:19 PM »
Joined QE 2 as an Engineer Cadet in 1971. Back to college for a year then back on board until Dec 1988. Saw many things. Bomb scares, hurricanes hepatitis epidemics etc etc.
Great to find this site.

Hello Rod,

Welcome aboard the Forum! So glad you found us.

Thank you for your memories already, and looking forward to many more. Looks like you had an adventurous time on board! You were very lucky to have known QE2 in her early days...

Did you ever get to see her in more recent years?

Offline skilly56

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #5 on: Jul 24, 2011, 12:33 AM »
Hi Rod,

Welcome to the Forum.

Does the name 'Brian Jones' ring a bell with you. Also known as 'Squeaky Jones' from Manchester.

He was also an engineer cadet in the 69-71 era. Story goes that he was transferred to Caronia after pouring a jug of beer down the inside of the staff chief's trousers whilst ashore in Aruba (after which he was known as 'Aruba Jones'!).

Cheers

Skilly

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #6 on: Jul 24, 2011, 09:52 AM »
Hello Rod

Good to have you on the Forum.  I enjoyed reading your posts yesterday and look forward to hearing more from you about your memories onboard QE2. 

Lynda
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Rod

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #7 on: Jul 24, 2011, 08:25 PM »
Hi Rod,

Welcome to the Forum.

Does the name 'Brian Jones' ring a bell with you. Also known as 'Squeaky Jones' from Manchester.

He was also an engineer cadet in the 69-71 era. Story goes that he was transferred to Caronia after pouring a jug of beer down the inside of the staff chief's trousers whilst ashore in Aruba (after which he was known as 'Aruba Jones'!).

Cheers

Skilly

Yes He was on the QE2 when I was a Cadet and the when I was 5th.

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #8 on: Jul 24, 2011, 10:50 PM »
WELCOME Rod!! 

Great to have you aboard.  And thank you very much for all your fascinating contributions so far!
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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #9 on: Jul 25, 2011, 12:25 AM »
Hello Rod; you are certainly providing lots of interesting snippets - keep them coming. :)
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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #10 on: Jul 27, 2011, 05:00 PM »
Hello Rod

Welcome to the forum, nice to see another crewmember here.

Louis

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #11 on: Aug 11, 2011, 07:56 AM »
Rod, I believe you said somewhere that you were a deck engineer (hope I remember this correctly!).

What did the work of a deck engineer involve?

How many types of engineers were there on QE2?

Did they replace each other if necessary, or were their jobs just too different?

Did they mix in their free time, did they see themselves as all engineers together?

Looking forward to learning more about the things that were all the time being done to make our lives so happy and comfortable on board!

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #12 on: Aug 11, 2011, 12:05 PM »
Rod,
 Love all the contributions, Its great to have you on here Im sure everyone else looks forward to hearing even more from yourself as and when time permits.
Myles 
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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #13 on: Aug 12, 2011, 01:38 AM »
Isabelle,
The Engineering Dept, under the C/E had several different areas, these came under the Hotel Service Engineer and later the Ships Service Manager. You had a "Stem King" the laundry engineer that looked after ALL the washing machine and dryers including the main laundry. A Kitchen Engineer that looked after the galleys and all 28 room service pantries, and a Deck Engineer that looked after the deck machinery including boats and davits and hospital equipment. Most of the trg was on the job.
Nowhere in my three years of college was I ever taught that I would have to lie under an operating table in the hospital, during surgery, with an electrical officer, making sure that the sucker thingy would keep working. The reception jar was right by our faces....gross to say the least!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #14 on: Aug 12, 2011, 07:09 AM »
Well, that made for a rather different working day! And a memorable one too :) .

I hope the operation was a success and the sucker thingy worked flawlessly.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #15 on: Aug 12, 2011, 10:10 AM »
Isabelle,
.... The reception jar was right by our faces....gross to say the least!

Absolutely 'gross'
and had you not done it - a life would almost certainly have been lost.

Trouble is - neither the patient or anyone else other than the clinical staff would have recognised your contribution.
Then, was there the current practice of awarding someone as White Star 'Winner of the Month'?
As a matter of interest - was there the equivalent of being 'mentioned in dispatches'??
Maybe we need a new topic here - 'Rewarding members of the ship's company - or not!'

('In the old days' in case of power outages etc, we used to have suckers that were operated manually.
'Please'....  this was no laughing matter either!)

And Rod - I'll bet that this wasn't the very worst thing that you were required to do!
Definitely, this is not an invite for more - just an observation that there must be millions of things that made such an impression and managed to stay lodged in the grey matter!!

Thanks again, to you
Rosie.
« Last Edit: Aug 12, 2011, 10:41 AM by 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.

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #16 on: Aug 13, 2011, 12:39 AM »
Well, that made for a rather different working day! And a memorable one too :) .

I hope the operation was a success and the sucker thingy worked flawlessly.

The operation was a complete sucess. Took a while for the stomach to return to normal though. I believe it was a burst appendix.

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #17 on: Aug 13, 2011, 12:45 AM »
No there was no recognition. Doc did buy me a pint though! They did not do the recognition thing until late on in my time on board. Please remember I am 1 year older than our Lord's donkey!
But basically, in that situation, as in situations that  happened that affected most depts at one time or another...you did what you had to do!
I have lots of stories, but will not mention names, and quite often I will not tell them because  simply: they would not be believed!

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #18 on: Aug 13, 2011, 12:15 PM »
Another thing you have to remember is that back in the day. Alcohol played a very important part in most peoples lives. It was cheap and readily available. Scotch was about $2.00/bottle, vodka $1.00 . Mixers were more expensive thgan the booze itself. The life of a watchkeeper was very stressfull, even though we did not realize it at the time. Doing that whole 4 hours on and 8 off was not natural. Then you had "deucers" which was either 2 hours before your watch or 2 hours after you watch...unpaid overtime. Sometimes after refits it was 8 on 4 off!
Mechanics and Assistant Mechanics seldom did this because that would have meant paying overtime unless the safety of the ship was involved. Correct me if I am wrong here guys.
But we survived, we learned alot, we saw alot.

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Re: Rod Fair
« Reply #19 on: Aug 16, 2011, 01:24 PM »
Hello Rod, great to see you on the forum. I remember you from my short time onboard myself during the 1980s.
Here are some names you might remember... Brian Atkinson (Donkeyman), Mick Earley, Dixie Deane, Dave Roberts, John Tomlins, Jeff Arnold, Dave Bogan, Bob Dolley.
Wonder what some of these guys are up to now? Did you hear about John? Sadly, I believe he died in a motorbike accident.

Regards,
Rich Drayson
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