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Offline Carl Davies

Ronnie Davies, QE2 Carpenter, 1970's -
« on: Apr 08, 2012, 08:43 PM »
Hi just to say hello to all,
I am so glad I stumbled across this site I have great memories of the QE2 from an early age,thinking we were going to visit my dad (Ronnie Davies, carpenter) for the day and going into a panic after hearing the announcement for visitors to go ashore we turned around to see my mum and dad smiling and he said you are going to New York I looked at my brother and we both cheered New York, here we were two lads aged 8 & 9 from liverpool going to a place that would make any kid jealous. Our trip started by going on deck to hear the band playing as we left,then it was up to the Double Down room for our table allocation for the tables of the world restaurant (late sitting) we left mum in queue while we went to the games arcade over on the starboard side by the flower shop. We then went to our cabin on 5 deck by the red (G)? Stairway to get changed for the early entertainment in the Double Down room, it started with as I remember the Harry Bence Orcastra followed by the dancing girls of Sweet Elegance, never seen nothing like this before,I thought dancing girls with not a lot on this is great! Then it was off to eat, Open sitting for the first night and we where greeted by our Waiter "big red" and his partner a scotch lad jimmy of all names! The next day we were out exploring the ship going places we shouldn't av been but that's lads for you. We ended up on the top deck and heard the voice of Brummie Dennis "oh you two wot you up to"? Nothing we replied just looking around, we said proudly our dad is Ronnie the chippy and for that we got a fresh orange juice from his little deck office. Four days later we arrived on the straights heading up river under the bridge where we got told that the funnel may get cut off if there was to much water,I now know they were joking. Any way after enjoying that trip we looked forward to our return to Southampton and enjoyed a further 9 trips with my mum and brother Simon before working on her. Buts that's another story.
Thanks,
Carl Davies.
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Regards
Carl

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Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #1 on: Apr 08, 2012, 09:17 PM »
Awesome story Carl, looking forward to more to come! Thank you!

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Offline riskygizmo

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #2 on: Apr 08, 2012, 10:00 PM »
Welcome aboard Carl, brilliant story and what a stunt to play on you and your brother! :o I'm guessing that
your first trip was about the same time as mine (1978) from what you say about the ship (though I'm sure
the arcade games lived with the ping pong tables on the port side then). I remember the frantic search for american "Quarters" to feed them.

My brothers and I were Cunard kids too and I think those of us who got to play "on daddy's yacht" got the
best of both worlds. We were passengers plus. We saw and did what the punters did plus we got to see behind those "crew only" doors. And all for free.

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Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #3 on: Apr 08, 2012, 10:54 PM »
Welcome Aboard Carl, Did you feature in the Fast Boat to China Programme, for some reason the name rings a bell. Look forward to hearing more of your experiences of life on the greatest ship ever !
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Offline Rod

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #4 on: Apr 08, 2012, 10:59 PM »
Welcome, Carl. I remember your Dad with pleasure. Great Chippy, very helpful to me when I was HSE. Also a great CRAFTSMAN!
Good to see you on the site!

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Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #5 on: Apr 09, 2012, 09:06 AM »
Fantastic introductory story Carl.  Looking forward to hearing more about your other trips on QE2 and when you were working on her. 

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Offline Carl Davies

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #6 on: Apr 09, 2012, 10:59 AM »
Hi Rod,
Thank you for your kind comments, I will be posting pictures soon my mum has given me when I sort them,of the crew bar that was the old laundry, the called it the Doby Arms don't know if you remember it it was six deck as far aft as you could go! And Johnny Law was the barman.
Regards
Carl

Offline Rod

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #7 on: Apr 09, 2012, 10:29 PM »
Remember it well!
Well going in....not very often out!

Offline Carl Davies

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #8 on: Apr 09, 2012, 11:39 PM »
Hi all,
found this picture of me (on capt's chair ) and my brother at the helm on board QE2, This was our first trip in 1976 on our way to new york, it was in the morning we got invited to go up on to the bridge and blow the midday horn we were so excited but got a shock at the noise..
Regards
Carl

Offline peter ward

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #9 on: Apr 10, 2012, 01:39 PM »
hi carl, 'big red ' was a very funny guy ,new him well ,actually I worked with him on occasions. his real name was harry redfern and jimmy was a scots lad called murphy !
got a few funny stories about both those guys .
peter

Offline Carl Davies

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #10 on: Apr 10, 2012, 02:04 PM »
Hi peter,
look what I found in amongst my bag of goodies, the dynamic duo themselves..

Regards

Carl
Regards
Carl

Offline peter ward

Re: Just a quick hello from me(Ronnie Davies' son)
« Reply #11 on: Apr 10, 2012, 04:14 PM »
That's brilliant, I think that these two were the  funniest duo on the ship ....don't think they were ever sober !
peter

 

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