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Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #60 on: Jan 25, 2010, 12:11 AM »
In contrast to Louis' well captured image above,
this (below) was taken from the observation deck in 2008.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/watch_keeper/4301474041/in/set-72157620732791543/
With the bow looking wider, almost bigger overall - more life-rafts etc.
Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)
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: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #61 on: Jan 25, 2010, 10:05 AM »
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Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)


Rosie, i am lucky enough to receive photos from ex-crewmembers for my QE2 collection, i did not take that photo and the date is from 2001 Westbound Crossing.

Louis

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #62 on: Jan 25, 2010, 04:20 PM »
  Hey Louis,  wait, you and rest of the crew don't count! ;D hehe

 You know, I do recall a few times when I was up and down the crew stairway that led to Castaways, the Pig, etc at night, holding tight to those low set rails. (the booze never helped)  ::)
 
On one particularly rough winter crossing, there was a crew member who actually lost his balance due to a wave (or so the story went) and was knocked clear off the deck's stairway landing, ending up a few decks below. A US Coast Guard MEDEVAC chopper was sent out to rendevous with us somewhere near Nova Scotia, late in the evening. As the chopper neared QE2, the captain came on the system instructing all passengers to stay clear of the open decks. Of course, being only too curious, I "snuck out" onto 1 Deck in time watch the helo hover over Sun Deck where it positioned itself a good 50 feet above and commenced  a very risky in flight rescue. A gurney was hoisted down and after what seemed like an eternity, the poor fellow was lifted off and whisked away.
QE2 continued her course, never having stopped.

  Ron

Hi Ron,  We must have been on the same crossing ... and out of One Deck at the same time.  I have almost the exact same story posted on here somewhere.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #63 on: Jan 26, 2010, 05:50 PM »
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A Question!
Has anyone travelled on QE2 specifically because she could manage heavy seas so magnificently?
As Peter Moxom  writes,
 'Within 30 minutes [of leaving Cherbourg] QE2 has eight engines on line and is steaming westwards with the aid of an ebb tide, making 30kt, into a fresh north westerly breeze and a moderate sea - in her true element at last.'  (1990)
 
Not quite but l always prayed for some rough action during any voyage, the final crossings l did think were very tame, Having grown up in the Orkneys and being used to P&O Ferries :o rough seas were second nature up there, One such journey should have only taken 1h45 mins but lasted 6 hours.. It was for want of  a better word, value for money, though the rest of the passengers woudnt  say that.And the smell of vomit was somethimg else.
 Strangely enough l have encountered more rough seas on the med cruises than crossings, but you always felt safe on QE2, not sure l would trust these newer ones, they always look so top heavy  .
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #64 on: Mar 05, 2010, 08:30 PM »
This was the view from my porthole on Two Deck amidships :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2930447722/



Looking at the videos from the tandem crossings, it is amazing how far the spray reached at times. This was the "bit" just under the steps up the the "bit beneath the bridge" :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3108068973/



I had to run after this snap! My camera caught so much spray that afternoon that I thought I had ruined it... it would not shut its lense any more... but after it had dried, it recovered fairly fast, luckily for me!

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2 in rough seas
« Reply #65 on: Aug 06, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Hi Rod
The video sounds good -
It'll turn up somewhere, sometime before too long..
In the meantime - here's a Thank You for all your lovely posts!
thanks to Dooglesman
Rosie

(it's already here on the Forum - hopefully  no-one will mind seeing it again!)
« Last Edit: Aug 06, 2011, 06:18 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #66 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:12 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


« Last Edit: Oct 15, 2011, 04:42 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #67 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:26 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


Wow!  Fantastic video !!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #68 on: Oct 15, 2011, 05:49 PM »
Indeed awesome footage, I can think of no where safer to be than onboard QE2 during such weather.
Imagine if the sisters and QM2 were in such weather.....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online Bob C.

Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #69 on: Oct 15, 2011, 06:33 PM »
The Captain had to reduce speed to 8 knots....heck that's a normal speed for some cruise ships.

Offline Rod

Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #70 on: Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 PM »
In the main control room, there were three gauges that showed the water level in the boilers. Green was water and red was steam. The first person to see all 3 red or all 3 green won that round of boiler room bingo!
I was in the boiler room one watch when they got all red and all 3 boilers shut down for safety reasons. NOT GOOD in weather like that. Had to manually open the fuel valves on each boiler...or who knows.......putting all 7 burners on at once! I swear the front of the boiler moved 6'' as they all lit! I opened the other 2 boilers a bit more slowly! After that fuel valves were put on manual in rough weather. It appeared that after a particularly violent move the water in all 3 somersaulted making the system believe it was low water. Ship was new, wasn't meant to happen.
When I joined the "manual" was a paperback, when I left more like an encyclopedia set.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #71 on: Nov 03, 2012, 10:51 PM »
Here is another great video taken from the QE2 bridge of the view of the waves and the spray on a rough Atlantic :


You can hear that the crew are enjoying this scene and feeling perfectly safe!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #72 on: Nov 03, 2012, 11:13 PM »
Very watchable! :D

From the angle of the shadows and the state of the sea I'd guess that was a westbound TA?
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