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Offline Waverley

"Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« on: Mar 29, 2009, 03:23 PM »
Just an idea. How about starting a new "Meet the Captain" photo gallery taken onboard the QE2.  It would be interesting to see how many of us bought the official photo, who the captain was at that time, and which cruise you were on. 

It would also let everyone know what we all look like rather than just names on the forum ? 

What do you all think?  Now, who has a photo? 
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Offline Avariel

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #1 on: Mar 29, 2009, 03:32 PM »
I do. Now to go find it.



Voyage: E722 - Christmas Markets - 6th to 14th December 2007
[left to right] Captain Perkins, my mother, me.

A photo of a photo. Because the genius that I am has the scanner stored under the bed instead of hooked up to the laptop. Someday I'm getting the entire picture scanned in.
« Last Edit: Mar 29, 2009, 03:43 PM by Avariel »

Offline Waverley

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #2 on: Mar 29, 2009, 03:51 PM »
Thanks Avariel, looks like you have got the ball rolling.

My voyage was E811 Mediterranean Mosaic - 20th to 31st July 2008

Captain David Perkins with my mum and me.

Robert

Offline QE2_MATTHEW

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #3 on: Mar 29, 2009, 09:11 PM »

My voyage was E811 Mediterranean Mosaic - 20th to 31st July 2008



Looks like we just missed each other, My cruise was the 2-17th July.
Im free...

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #4 on: Mar 29, 2009, 10:02 PM »
And mine the in-between one -- 17 to 20 July!

Photo will come... they are all in boxes at the moment...

By the way, Robert, great idea! Another great thread for our Gallery.

Offline Andy F

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #5 on: Mar 30, 2009, 12:03 AM »
Agreed a great idea Robert (nice pics guys btw).  
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #6 on: Mar 30, 2009, 06:22 PM »
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Offline Chris Frame

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #7 on: Apr 01, 2009, 12:40 PM »
On QE2, I've sailed with Commodore Burton Hall, Commodore Warwick (various times), Captain McNaught (various times), Captain Rynd and Captain Perkins ... and I have no photographs scanned on the computer!

Will need to try and track down my scanner - such is the Digital Camera age we live in now!

Offline Mauretania1907

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #8 on: Apr 02, 2009, 08:51 AM »
"My" Captain was Captain Bennell (1989) and I've just learned he died about a year after my voyage. When I find my photo, and work out what's wrong with my scanner, I'll post my moment of hand-shaking with the Captain.

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #9 on: Apr 14, 2009, 02:40 PM »
Very smart and posh the both of you Andy and good wishes for the mod

Fortunately we got in the wrong line for the Captains photo initially and I have been unsuccessful in my half hearted search for an appropriate photo so the avatar is the nearest (and most accurate representation in it's latest form) I can provide of my image thus far

Offline Andy F

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #10 on: Apr 14, 2009, 02:55 PM »
Lol and thanks Kev.  I note your avatar keeps changing but is this the real you eh?   

I know what you mean about wrong lines though as did the same on QM2 last year.  We were directed through a doorway into the QR but pleasant as it was to meet the Staff Captain and Chief Engineer, it was only later did we discover the Commodore, who had taken up station at the opposite entrance.  Ah well, I dare say he will get over the disappointment lol!
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #11 on: Apr 14, 2009, 07:13 PM »
When we met Capt. Perkins, I stupidly, in my excitement (I was perma-excited for 10 days) stepped forward to shake his hand... he stepped away from me, threw his hands back, blanked me, and made sure to shake my Mum's hands and welcome her first.... then he very slowly turned to shake my hand, as if to reprimand me for being so rude!  Left me feeling stupid and slightly embarassed, and also a bit P'd off - yes I made a mistake, but he didn't need to make me feel stupid, he could have just made a joke of it.... <Mutter!>
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Offline Andy F

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #12 on: Apr 14, 2009, 08:08 PM »
Sorry to hear that Rob. There can be no excuse for making guests feel embarrassed just because they didn't quite follow etiquette but even so.  As you say, he should have just laughed it off and got on with it rather than act in that way.  I can appreciate that pressing the flesh and having to force a smile can be grating after a while but that's his job and part and parcel of being in command of a passenger ship.  

Your experience was in complete contrast to Bernard Warner on QM2 (yes, the one I didn't get to shake hands with lol).  The cruise dvd shows him greeting a passenger who didn't know whether to shake his hand or salute him and it ended up resembling a Monty Python sketch (you have to see it to believe it but needless to say, it still makes me laugh whenever I watch it).  Pure comedy and fair play to him for injecting some humour into an otherwise formal occasion.  I met him later that evening on the stairs while heading into Dinner and we exchanged pleasantries (or whatever you exchange in the prescence of a Commodore).  A truly nice guy, as I'm sure most are.  

DP on the other hand, has been accused of being unapproachable and rather stand-offish with passengers.  I can only speak as I find as my experience of him the both times I sailed with him were fine yet others didn't feel the same way.  My last cruise aboard QE2 coincided with his and I noticed that some of the guests at the CWC Cocktail Party were giving him gifts and cards afterwards, so they certainly seemed to hold him in high esteem.  Christopher Rynd was another I recall who some couldn't warm to yet others had no problem with.  

As in all things, our feelings are largely influenced by our experience, which in your case is clearly understandable, whereas in truth, mine differs slightly.  I'm not saying his actions towards you are excusable for they are not but while he may not have the same friendly disposition as Bernard Warner, I found him ok.  Maybe you were just unlucky, either that or I was!  
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #13 on: Apr 14, 2009, 08:13 PM »
He was fine really, apart from not turning the funnel lights on, at all, and not blowing the whistle except at noon, and cancelling my bridge visit because it was stormy (well, really!) and this one wee incident.  After crying myself to sleep that night, I was fine in the morning  ::)
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #14 on: Apr 14, 2009, 09:36 PM »
not blowing the whistle except at noon

Rob - you've got to admit that he excelled at not blowing the whistle :)

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #15 on: Apr 14, 2009, 11:01 PM »
Rob
How did you blag the Bridge Invite? (sorry you didn't make it too)
Rumour has it that the funnel lights did get switched on during Force 10 night one when Capt Pugwash (no offence but my wife calls anyone who 'drives' a boat be it a pedalo or The QE2 that) accidentally knocked the lightswitch whilst grabbing the helm from the 10 year old who had taken over whilst he was meeting everyone for the  Captains pics

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #16 on: Apr 14, 2009, 11:03 PM »
PS courtesy to Bob-hope you dont mind the use of your great pic

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #17 on: Apr 26, 2009, 06:01 PM »
As we are reminiscing about Nick Bates, here he is in 2004, on Caronia :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2201561511/

I am there wearing my favourite West African dress and am holding a red shawl in my hands.
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Offline cunardqueen

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009, 09:52 PM »
Meeting the Captain


And this one


And one the really has pride of place goes to this photo , As a young lad on my first trip in 1986 never in my wildest dreams did l imagine the QE2 would have such a hold over me and that one day l would be eating with the crew.

To be seated here on what was probably my best cruise with great table guests enjoying the best of service on what is simply the best ship in the world, to reflect on who has gone that way before,and to think of her future  can and does bring tears to my eyes, it was for me, personally a great honour to take my seat at the Captains Table and is something l cant even begin to thank Cunard and Captain Bates for.
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Offline Andrew W

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2009, 10:51 PM »
You know, this thing on the lady shakes hands first ....

Very funny that. I had the same thing happen to me - with Capt. McNaught - I stepped forward to shake hands with him first and he said "ah, ah, ladies first" and shook hands with my wife then me.  I remember feeling a bit embarrassed but then I am from the lower classes and don't understand things like that. Anyway, we have a nice picture but I do always think what an oik I am when I look at it !

I will post the picture but will need to scan it.

My wife after 20 years is now used to travelling around with someone with no manners and so she was not surprised.

So my question is - do they learn this in Captain's school? - I suspect it's actually quite amusing to do this to passengers (they probably count how many victims they get each evening). Possibly the ladies in question are pretty pleased to have their partner's lack of manners illustrated so plainly ?

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #20 on: Jul 17, 2009, 12:37 PM »

On the bridge with Commodore Warwick,photo taken in 1997 in the middle of a Boat Drill ;)

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Offline Malcolm

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #21 on: Jul 17, 2009, 05:16 PM »
So my question is - do they learn this in Captain's school?

Is it the correct etiquette?  ??? I would think it dates from Victorian times when the man would have been head of the household and would have been introduced first. The woman would then have been introduced as Mrs [Man's Christian name] Surname.  :)

I suspect it's actually quite amusing to do this to passengers (they probably count how many victims they get each evening).

I suspect that you're right and that is the main reason for doing it! That and the fact that the etiquette concerned is now so well forgotten nobody can correct them on it for sure :)

Of course when two men go up together you can have a genuine fight to see who gets there first! :D

Offline Twynkle

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #22 on: Jul 17, 2009, 05:28 PM »


Please - may I interrupt?

Hasn't it always, always been 'Ladies first'?
Through doors, sitting down to dinner, and to leave afterwards.
Captain Mac Naught has said in his midday announcement,  'QE2 always goes first'; she's a Lady too.
QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for very nearly  whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

Offline Malcolm

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #23 on: Jul 17, 2009, 05:55 PM »
Hasn't it always, always been 'Ladies first'?

No - I doubt Mr Ug held the door open for Mrs Ug in prehistoric times! ( ;D)

I wish I'd not asked about the order of precedence for men and women! I've just spent a very enjoyable half hour on the Debrett's website learning seating orders at dinner, correct forms of address, the order used by the Queen and the Lord Mayor of London walk through the City of London, etc. However there is no mention of ladies (or gentlemen) first.

I did find a section that reads:

"Certainly in a preamble to a speech, for example, at a function where a number of illustrious guests are present, it is not inevitable that the usual sequence of precedence is followed. Adjustment may need to be made in order to give due respect to a patron, president or guest of honour, and courtesy and common sense will overrule conventional good form."

and I wonder if that isn't how any variation could be justified ;)

Offline Twynkle

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #24 on: Jul 17, 2009, 07:16 PM »
While you were looking at Debretts, I found this!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,336932,00.html

Maybe it was the general air of respect for Ladies and Gentlemen, and in my experience  - towards all those aboard her -
this was one of the main reasons that I, together with lots of us here, love QE2!

PS - Isn't it always 'Ladies and Gentlemen, pray silence for....' until there's a 'My Lord(s)' in the room?!!!
And it's always 'Your Grace...' ( a male of the species!)
And  'Your Royal Highness.....'  (could be either!)

By the way - did anyone ever make a speech on QE2?
By this I mean - anyone -  apart from Senior Officers, Carol Marlow et al)
« Last Edit: Jul 17, 2009, 07:26 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for very nearly  whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #25 on: Jul 19, 2009, 01:53 AM »
Good morning all,

Here just 2 out of a few pictures from the old good days. I have some more recent but those may well be more interesting...
The first from a South African Trip back in 2000, when Capt. Warwick just got the news about QM2. The second is from the World Cruise 1997 and the first Officer ball. I had the single chance to open with Capt. Bates, at the time as Staff Capt.

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #26 on: Jul 19, 2009, 06:13 AM »
Meeting the Captain

And this one

And one the really has pride of place goes to this photo , As a young lad on my first trip in 1986 never in my wildest dreams did l imagine the QE2 would have such a hold over me and that one day l would be eating with the crew.

To be seated here on what was probably my best cruise with great table guests enjoying the best of service on what is simply the best ship in the world, to reflect on who has gone that way before,and to think of her future  can and does bring tears to my eyes, it was for me, personally a great honour to take my seat at the Captains Table and is something l cant even begin to thank Cunard and Captain Bates for.

Myles, we have to talk about that kilt!  Very sharp!  Why did you not have it on the final voyages?  Too much to carry?  What clan tartan is that?  I had frantically tried to get one made, as I remember you did say all true Scots should have one, and I jsut could not get a nice one made In MacLeod dress tartan in a guaranteed time before we sailed.  I settled with wearing the tartan ties.....

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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #27 on: Sep 02, 2009, 07:37 AM »
Looking at this picture is a little bit odd. :o

It was back in 2002 on a very rough late december crossing (story will follow) with Captain Paul Wright as the Master of the QE2.

The subtitle can be :Funny how time slips away !!

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Offline MiamiCunarder

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #28 on: Sep 09, 2009, 07:10 PM »
 
  You know..that's odd...tons of Cunard crossings and cruises over a span of 8 years and I never got to doing the whole "meeting the captain" pose. I do have a personal shot of me with Captain Heath on a random December crossing but it's fuzzy.
There is the one below. It was taken during a special Cunard Line shore side employee only ship gala in Ft Lauderdale just a day after QM2's maiden arrival in Jan. 2004.

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« Reply #29 on: Sep 09, 2009, 08:53 PM »
My "Meet the Captain" photo - why can't I still be 22?!
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #30 on: Apr 23, 2013, 08:24 PM »
As photographers we had regular contact with the Captain, naturally at Captains cocktail parties, but there were also other times when we were called upon to document events on board. As a result of a good deal of effort from our Chief photographer, Tony Secker, in developing and building relationships with the ships officers, we were fortunate to enjoy very good working and social relationships with the various Captains and other senior officers.

During my time on board (79-82) the Captains were, Lawrence Portet, Doug Ridley, Bob Arnott, Robin Woodall and Peter Jackson, I also served with Robin Wadsworth on the Countess before he came across to QE2. Staff Captains were Harvey Smith, John Burton-Hall and Alan Bennell.

It is quite interesting to see people who were First Officers when I was there who then went on to become QE2 Captains; the ones I got to know were Ron Warwick, Roland Hazell and Nick Bates.

Kathy M’s photo in the previous post is of David Carr, who was also a First Officer when I started on QE2. I believe he became a Staff Captain but I can’t find him listed anywhere as having become Master of QE2.

In the early 80’s there must have been a surplus of four stripe deck officers, so Cunard created the position of Executive Captain. I think the first to hold this office was Capt Harvey Smith, and if I remember correctly he and Capt Doug Ridley alternated. I believe the idea was to take most of the administrative burden away from the Master and provide a better interface between the ship and hotel side allowing the ship’s Captain to focus his full attention on the ship. Do current Cunard ships still have the position of Executive Captain?

One major privilege I enjoyed as a result of the good relations we had happened every sailaway night from Southampton or New York and at regular intervals on World Cruises. On these nights I had the job of arranging with the Executive Chef (who at the time was John Bainbridge) to collect a salver full of steak sandwiches from the Princess Grill galley. Then once we were in open water the Captain, Cruise Director, Cruise Directors Secretary, Chief photographer and I would all meet up in the Cruise Directors cabin to have a few drinks and get stuck in to the sandwiches which were always excellent. I just can’t for the life of me remember the Cruise Directors name but his secretary’s name was Maureen and she was lovely. This was a tradition I was happy to continue when I took over as Chief photographer in 1981 and have great memories of these informal gatherings especially with Capt Arnott and Capt Ridley.

Another memory I have of Capt Ridley is from 1981. We had put in to Allesund in Norway, it wasn’t a scheduled stop but I can’t remember what happened to make us have to stop there. I had the day to myself so decided I would have an early lunch and then go sightseeing. I was in T.O.W. as soon as it opened, had lunch then went ashore. After about half an hour I bumped into Capt Ridley who was out of uniform and taking in the sights, he said “I’m just off for lunch, join me, I hate eating alone”. Well I didn’t dare refuse, so off we went to a nearby hotel where he ordered a whole Sea bass with all the trimmings for us to share. I was fit to burst but couldn’t bring myself to tell him I had already eaten.

It’s really only now, looking back over thirty years ago that I realize just what a fortunate existence I had and how lucky to do all that and get paid for it too.

I have attached a couple of photos. The Photographers team on the 1980 world cruise with Capt Ridley, Capt Arnott with me and now ex-wife Karen; and Capt Harvey Smith and me.
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« Reply #31 on: Apr 23, 2013, 09:32 PM »
Another great story and thanks for sharing !
Given that you were working with rolls of film, what was life like behind the scenes after a Captains Reception, how long were you working developing and printing the pics.

I used to be amused when buying photos that some of the people who had forked out for a QE2 cruise and yet would choke on paying for a proper portrait professionally taken photo..
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« Reply #32 on: Apr 23, 2013, 10:50 PM »
To reply to Alan, on his Executive Captain comment.
You are right, the EC was to leave the Captain/Master of the ship to do the nautical things, while the EC would do things like union negotiations, budget etc.
EC became General Manager...various senior Officers held the position. Maurice Tate, C/E, terry Conroy, Cruise Director, and of course Doug Ridley. Whether or not the position still exists??? I do not know.

Offline backinthehatch

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« Reply #33 on: Apr 24, 2013, 04:32 PM »
The Cruise Director in the Eighties that Alan can't remember the name of, was probably Brian Price or it could have been Bob Haines, who used to be his deputy when Brian went on leave.

One major privilege I enjoyed as a result of the good relations we had happened every sailaway night from Southampton or New York and at regular intervals on World Cruises. On these nights I had the job of arranging with the Executive Chef (who at the time was John Bainbridge) to collect a salver full of steak sandwiches from the Princess Grill galley. Then once we were in open water the Captain, Cruise Director, Cruise Directors Secretary, Chief photographer and I would all meet up in the Cruise Directors cabin to have a few drinks and get stuck in to the sandwiches which were always excellent. I just can’t for the life of me remember the Cruise Directors name but his secretary’s name was Maureen and she was lovely. This was a tradition I was happy to continue when I took over as Chief photographer in 1981 and have great memories of these informal gatherings especially with Capt Arnott and Capt Ridley.
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Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #34 on: Apr 24, 2013, 09:48 PM »
Thanks for that, yes it was Brian Price that I was trying to remember. I also remember Bob Haines, though I never worked much with him.

Another great story and thanks for sharing !
Given that you were working with rolls of film, what was life like behind the scenes after a Captains Reception, how long were you working developing and printing the pics.

I used to be amused when buying photos that some of the people who had forked out for a QE2 cruise and yet would choke on paying for a proper portrait professionally taken photo..

We would probably shoot 15 rolls at a Captains Reception, then one of the four of us would go to the darkroom to develop the film whilst the other three would go off to photograph one of the restaurants. By the time that was done there was usually enough time to all meet up for a quick meal  before going back to the darkroom. The Chief would then start printing whilst  the second batch of films from the restaurant was being developed. Two of the four would then go off duty, they would be the two to get the shop up and running next morning. The other two would finish the processing, printing, numbering etc. our finish time would depend on the passenger count but was usually between midnight and one, then go and find an open bar to unwind in, then add or take one hour and you can see we had some quite long days. It might seem surprising, but the ship was always alive much later on the nights we lost an hour than on the nights we gained one.

The cost of photos when I was on board was $3.75 and I don't remember it changing in the four years I was there. The main complaint we used to get was that we took too many photos of people, I don't remember hearing anyone moaning about the price. What do they cost now in the digital age?
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« Reply #35 on: Apr 28, 2013, 07:17 PM »
I used to be amused when buying photos that some of the people who had forked out for a QE2 cruise and yet would choke on paying for a proper portrait professionally taken photo..
Yes I agree. Did seem a bit daft. Me on the other hand had to have just about every photo taken (except the really bad ones-double chins, squinting into the sun etc.) plus the official photo album, frame, DVD etc.
Unlike Rob's memories of (a different Captain) I have lovely memories of Captain Ian McNaught on Mediterranean Splendour 2nd-17th July 2008 who was charm personified. Hubby was always a bit fed up with my somewhat Hyacinth Bouquet type antics as there was no Captain's table situation in the Britannia Grill. However when we were moored at Valletta we strolled along to a little restaurant where we had eaten several years previously only to find that it was very busy and as we hadn't booked in advance we would have to wait a little. At a table facing us was Captain McNaught and his family and he recognised us as QE2 passengers. As he was leaving he said we could have his table but to make sure we were back in time for the Sailaway. That was as close as I got to the Captain's table. Hey ho! He also took a lot of time on that voyage arranging extra Captain signings etc.
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« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2013, 07:09 PM »
There is one picture I am really missing.  Where is the picture of Mrs. Bouquet (Bucket) from keeping up appearances.  Did she not meet the captain?

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« Reply #37 on: Jun 21, 2014, 08:50 AM »
My captain was Mortimer Heir also known as captain Boom i was crew on QE2 when she hit the pier in Cherbourg as she was blown of the pier due to a very heavy storm and sustained a large gash in her hull unfortunately i have no photo of that accident.
We stayed in Cherbourgh for i think 5 days and with temporarily repairs made our way across to N.Y.C. I did the maiden around the world voyage on QE2 which was such en enormous event.

In my opinion the ship should be brought back to go to London as suggested or Liverpool the birthplace of Cunard Line i myself am a Dutchman but now live in Australia for nearly 40 years and look what has happened to my beloved Rotterdam of 1959 she is a stately museum hotel and functioncentre right in the middle of the City of Rotterdam and i was on her last year what a great job done and how proud i felt to be walking around her and on her decks so much wonderful memories and thank the lord she didnt go to Alang to be cut up,i do hope that someone or some company or council will show an interest in QE2 and bring her back where she belongs

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« Reply #38 on: Jun 22, 2014, 07:40 PM »
and for the heck of it. if only to remind us of the good old days when the Cunard Captains were Cunard Captains.. ;)

My very first, Staff Captain Roland Hassle June 1986, Portet was on the bridge owing to bad weather
Captain Portet in 87 on the outward Maiden Voyage
Commodore Ridley on the homeward run, if you believed the press,He had commandeered Portets Cabin..   
Captain Alan Bennel 1988
Captain  Alan Bennel 1989
One of the Luke twins , Pauline Sleigh Captains Secretary,Himself,Ian Galloway Furnishing Mgr, Staff Captain Ron Bolton and the other luke Twin Jamie or David never could match their faces.
Captain Robin Woodall 1989
Staff Captain Ron Bolton 1991 
and for a change, Alan Bennel taking a photo..

memories :'(

 
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Offline cunardqueen

Re: New "Meet the Captain" photo gallery
« Reply #39 on: Jun 22, 2014, 07:48 PM »
Who was YOUR favourite Captain and WHY ? and why not add a photo...
Whats your meet the Captain story ?
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!