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The date of the laying of the keel (QE2)
« on: Apr 13, 2012, 10:44 PM »
This sentence from the fascinating documentation Flagship posted tonight relating to the Government loan caught my attention:

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The keel of the new Cunarder (No. 736) was laid at John Brown’s yard at Clydebank on 5 July 1965, the 125th anniversary of the inauguration by the Britannia of the first regular scheduled trans-Atlantic passenger service.

I take it the choice of date was deliberate, bearing in mind the anniversary mentioned?
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #1 on: Apr 14, 2012, 07:35 AM »
Originally the keel was to be laid on Friday 2 July 1965. The prefabricated section of the new ship's keel consisted of three 60-tonne sections 35.7 m (117 ft) long, 7 m (23 feet) wide and 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) high.

Unfortunately it had not been stipulated that the prefabricated section being built in the workshops should weigh just 40 tonnes, to be within the combined lifting capabilities of two tower cranes adjoining the ship, which with the aid f a powerful winch would lift and pull the keep section into place. A rehearsal of the ceremony on the Wednesday evening before had gone very well but this good omen turned out to be misleading.

Lady Aberconway, the wife of John Brown's Chairman, was to perform the ceremony at 1000 hours, and more than a score of press and TV cameraman and about 30 journalists were there. Also present were Lord Aberconway and Sir John and Lady Brocklebank.

As the process began it rapidly became clear that something was wrong. Although the keel section initially moved a few inches it then stuck and refused to moved any further. Seemingly the weight of the keel was greater than the two cranes could manage, and the strain on the winch threatened to tear its concrete base out of the ground.

The embarrassing ceremony ended abruptly and the guests were quickly taken away to be entertained; fortunately press coverage was sympathetic.

The keel section was moved without fanfare into position onto the building docks on Monday 5 July.

Britannia left Liverpool on 4 July 1840. Those notes came directly from Cunard's Annual Report so even Cunard got the anniversary date wrong by a day!

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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #2 on: Apr 14, 2012, 09:00 PM »
Ironic..... so even if they had picked the date deliberately.........!! ::)
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #4 on: Aug 11, 2015, 09:28 AM »
Good videos that I do not think I have seen before. 
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #5 on: Aug 11, 2015, 09:33 AM »
Hi Lynda,

All the videos I've posted in the past few days have only just been released by ap news/movietone and it's quite possible they've not been seen by anyone since the time they were originally broadcast.

I heard about them on a technology podcast I listen to.  If you search for the collections they're part of on YouTube, you can search within the collections for all sorts of fascinating stuff.
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #6 on: Aug 11, 2015, 04:41 PM »
Thanks, Rob, for posting these videos and for alerting us to the wealth of newly released material.  It is fascinating to see the section of Q4's keel up close and to see her model in the test tank.  I am looking forward to seeing more of them.   :)
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #7 on: Jul 05, 2016, 03:33 PM »
Keel number 736 was laid down on 5 July 1965 at John Brown's.  Please take time to read Michael's commentary and watch the videos brought forward by Rob as we celebrate our QE2 !   :)
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #8 on: Jul 05, 2017, 07:26 PM »
Let's all remember what took place on 5 July 1965 !
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #9 on: Jul 05, 2017, 09:04 PM »
Where it all started! Thanks for the reminder June -we should not forget this important event. 
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 05, 2017, 09:05 PM »
Here we are
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 05, 2017, 09:07 PM »
Fantastic pictures Myles of the building of an icon
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #12 on: Jul 06, 2017, 01:10 AM »
Fantastic pictures of the QE2's building, Myles! Truly a historic moment when the keel was laid!
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #13 on: Jul 06, 2017, 02:38 AM »
Great photos!  52 years.

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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #14 on: Jul 06, 2017, 02:56 PM »
Awesome photos !!   :)
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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #15 on: Jul 05, 2018, 12:04 PM »
5 July 1965 the day QE2's Keel was launch and a day to remember in the history of QE2.  The date for laying the keel was to be 2 July but because of difficulties lifting the keel into place as explained in this post the ceremony was aborted and the keel laying took place on 5 July.


Excellent video footage:
Q4 (QE2) Keel Laying Videos.


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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #16 on: Jul 05, 2018, 01:16 PM »
Love these films - especially the part looking down the slip and ss Sheildhall sneaks past :)

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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #17 on: Jul 05, 2018, 08:03 PM »
Great to remember our QE2 on her anniversary.

Starting right with the laying of her keel, she did it her way !  :)
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 07, 2018, 10:12 PM »
Great footage - although I thought the original keel laying date was 4th July - 125th anniversary of Britannia maiden voyage?

And yes - the footage of Clyde-built Shieldhall - performing her unglamorous but essential role is fitting at QE2's birth having been aboard her for QE2's final departure from UK on 11 November 2008 - cannot believe nearly 10 years ago already!

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Re: The date of the laying of the keel
« Reply #19 on: Jul 07, 2019, 03:02 PM »
I am a couple of days late with my good wishes, but Happy Keel Laying Day to QE2 !  :)
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