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Online Bob C.

Re: QE2 in Photos - 1969, 1972, 1974 + stairways & lifts
« Reply #20 on: Apr 22, 2009, 04:20 PM »
mrkpnh, I think you are asking about the windows in the above picture that are blocked up.  This was done as part of the 1972 refit to expand the galley that was on Quarter Deck to serve the Britannia/Tables of the World/Mauretania restaurant.  Prior to this the galley on Q deck served all restaurants but the facilities were found to be lacking.  There used to be an escalator that ran from the Britannia restaurant down to the Q deck galley - I remember riding on it as part of a tour - very cool.  The solution was to convert the Lookout Bar into another galley and as part of the conversion the windows were blocked and the "mystery box" was installed. 

Its really a shame, the Lookout Bar was very nice and was in keeping with the tradition of QM and QE's foward lounges. 
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Re: QE2 in Photos - 1969, 1972, 1974 + stairways & lifts
« Reply #21 on: Apr 22, 2009, 06:49 PM »
The solution was to convert the Lookout Bar into another galley and as part of the conversion the windows were blocked and the "mystery box" was installed. 

I knew about the conversion of the Lookout Bar; I just hadn't thought of it having side windows ::) It was a great pitty there was no forward view on the QE2 except for two suites and that short walkway under the Bridge.


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Re: QE2 in Photos - 1969, 1972, 1974 + stairways & lifts
« Reply #22 on: Apr 22, 2009, 07:11 PM »
and the "mystery box" was installed. 

Its really a shame, the Lookout Bar was very nice and was in keeping with the tradition of QM and QE's foward lounges. 

Here's my SUSPICION (No Proof).  The lookout bar front windows werent strong enough to withstand the bashing they were going to take over 30 years on the Atlantic - hence the ultra-strong looking Box.  If the side windows on upper and Quarter decks have been suffering fatigue cracks etc for well over 20 years, can you imagine what the front windows would have been like?  How would the lookout bar have faced when confronted with the 95 foot rogue wave, that crashed over the bridge 30 feet above it...  The "box" isn't even all that big.

I think this is the true explanation for the "box", but I have no proof of it whatsoever.
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« Reply #23 on: Apr 22, 2009, 08:07 PM »
Very good and logical theory Rob.  I've often thought about what would have happened if a large wave crashed over the bow with the Look Out Bar configuration given a few bow wave videos I've seen on youtube of QE2 and other ships.  I'm sure it would have taken out a few or more windows and trashed the bar.  There would most likely have been passengers there too -yikes!  Perhaps the covered windows were enough to handle the rogues and the mystery box served to break up a full "flat panel" impact.  Given the deck plan of the box, I really don't see much added functionality unless critical accesses were needed between U and Q decks in that location (like the garbage chute?). 

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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2009, 04:19 PM »
I've uploaded more photos from 1969 which show a lot of good stuff ranging from the Double Up Room with no shops in it, pools and other public rooms including a good shot of the Lookout Bar.  Here's the link. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33120597@N03/sets/72157616250526148/

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« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2009, 05:17 PM »
What a perfect day to post more photos!  ;D

I think many of your photos are better than what has been published in the many QE2 books.

Thanks for inviting the public to view them.

Offline highlander0108

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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2009, 05:47 PM »
Great photos!  Interestingly, I did not notice this at first, but the bow shot, photo 17, shows a third anchor chain leading to the bow anchor coming of the starboard capstan.  Groovy color brown color scheme too!
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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2009, 06:46 PM »
I think many of your photos are better than what has been published in the many QE2 books.

Agreed. I never tire of seeing pictures of that ship and the ways in which she changed over the years.

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« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2009, 11:07 PM »
These
Photos
Are
Stupendous!!

As a life-long QE2 nutter, these are definitely the best early photos of QE2's interiors i've EVER seen.  Bruce Peter would have died to have these in his recently published QE2 book.

Will post more tomorrow but the double-up room especially looks amazing, the coffee bar too, she was stunning when new.
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« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2009, 11:19 PM »
I so agree!

Your father was a remarkable man. At a time when we were using film, and when every picture was precious and expensive, it would have been normal for him to concentrate on just a few family pictures of the voyage... But here he was, taking photos of the ship and her details, like any enthusiast of her final years (who would have been working in disposable digital pictures) ...

And then, he committed his precious slides to the postal services... and you reproduced them for us... huge thanks to him and to you  :D   !

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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2009, 04:47 AM »
So Amazing.  She looks so incredibly modern in her original decor, more modern than she did as I knew her. 

As minimalist design-lover (in addition to QE2-nutter), I would have walked on an died on the spot.

She was just stunning.

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« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2009, 07:40 PM »
Another Flickr member, Michael Smithers, has just uploaded these five wonderful photos from his grandma's slides! They are of QE2 in 1971.

Two beautiful pictures of rooms which someone will, I hope, be able to identify definitively :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3516670670/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3516636764/

This is familiar territory :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3516614310/

And two more :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3515766381/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3515900935/

Looks like she did rather different routes at the time too :

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From Southhampton on Queen Elizabeth 2nd to New York and Niagara Falls, Canada, Montreal.

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I think that was the name of the whole journey.  QE2 would only have brought them to NY, they'd have had to take a train, plane or automobile from there to Niagara Falls and from there on to Canada.

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« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2009, 08:32 PM »

Two beautiful pictures of rooms which someone will, I hope, be able to identify definitively :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3516670670/

Britannia Restaurant, that late became Tables of the World and then the Mauretania

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_smithers/3516636764/

The Starboard Anti-Room - outside the Midships Bar. What lager became The Chart Room. In the distance you can see where the jigsaw was.

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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2009, 09:12 PM »
Thank you for the guiding hand!

So strange to see these pictures... looking so familiar... and yet unknown... all at the same time...  :D    !

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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2009, 10:15 PM »
So strange to see these pictures... looking so familiar... and yet unknown... all at the same time...  :D    !

We've all been there. We know the structure well. But the layout, the furniture and the decorations ( :o:)

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The Starboard Anti-Room - outside the Midships Bar. What lager became The Chart Room. In the distance you can see where the jigsaw was.

The red chairs are part of the Queens Room the Promenade area the greens chairs in the far end is the Midships Bar which later became The Chart Room