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Online Lynda Bradford

Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #20 on: Jan 08, 2014, 12:23 PM »
It will be good to see a copy of the list of deck officers onboard QE2 when she arrived in Dubai. 

You may also be interested in looking at The Crew Group photos topic, which  has a good photo of the crew on deck in September 2008 - see reply 36

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1958.0.html
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #21 on: Jan 08, 2014, 02:11 PM »
Thanks, Skilly !  I shall look forward to seeing the list when you can post it.  Thanks, Lynda, for the link to the picture.  It is indeed a very clear and impressive photo.  June
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #22 on: Jan 08, 2014, 05:05 PM »
Hi June,

My son Blair will compile the list. I'm flying out to Fremantle at 0400 tomorrow to join a seismic research ship, so will be a couple of days before I post it.

Skilly

Hi Skilly - Where will your voyage be taking you ?  June
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 14, 2014, 10:52 AM »
Hi June,

Joined in Fremantle, currently bunkering in Albany, South West Australia - sail tonight for an area south of Australia for 5 weeks of seismic research, towing 12 x 8km long acoustic streamers for mapping the strata under the seabed. It takes 18,000 bhp to tow this little lot at 5 knots, so we consume around 55-60 cu metres of fuel/day. 55 POB, of which 30 approx. are on the scientific side. First job will take 6 months in total, doing 5 weeks on/5 weeks off.
I've just had a message from Blair saying he has found the photo & crew list from the last voyage to Dubai in 2008. Hopefully he will send it to me this week.
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #24 on: Jan 14, 2014, 03:13 PM »
Hi Skilly - Thank you very much for your post and info about your seismic research voyage.  It sounds to be quite a job and all best wishes for it.  I would be interested in hearing more about it as you have time to post.  And glad to hear that Blair found the picture and has names from the last voyage to Dubai.  All the best !  June
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 17, 2014, 08:57 AM »
OK, QE2 arrived in Dubai with the following navigating officers on board,

Master - Captain Ian McNaught - ashore
Staff Captain - Hamish Sunter - still on Queen Elizabeth as far as I know
Chief Officer - Alex Davies
1st Officer - Donal Keaney - last contact I had with Donal he was on superyachts
2nd Officer - Ashley Allen - I have seen Ash on this forum from time to time in the past, incognito.
2nd Officer - Catriona Dowling
3rd Officer - Zac Brockman - I last saw Zac on the Ocean Village in Barbados in 2010
3rd Officer - Catherine Wood
3rd Officer - Blair Skilton - I still see this fella from time to time!

The Chief Engineer on the last trip was John Hanvey.

I cannot post the photo - file size is too large for the satcom system.

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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #26 on: Jan 21, 2014, 05:33 PM »
Hi Skilly - Thank you very much for obtaining and posting these officers for QE2's voyage to Dubai.  It is very valuable information to have here and I, as I am sure others do, appreciate very much you adding this to our continuing archive about QE2. 
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« Reply #27 on: Jan 22, 2014, 09:27 AM »
I know it has been 6 months now QE2 has been retired but I found this newsreel of QE2 arriving in Dubai. She did recieve quite a welcome didn't she.

Quite a lot of British ships was there aswell.

Will she get a similar farewell?
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #28 on: Jan 22, 2014, 06:06 PM »
If only they would recognize her worth !.......
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #29 on: Oct 09, 2014, 02:46 PM »
Found this on You Tube - it states official Nakheel video - very nice collection of images of our grand ship:


I watched again this official Nakheel video of QE2's arrival in Dubai this morning.  It is spectacular !  If you have not seen it, please do, and if you have seen it before, please watch again.  After all these years, it pulls more than ever at the heart strings. 

It is evident our beloved QE2 was welcomed with open arms and much celebration.  How could things have changed so much that our girl is now held hostage and in isolation ?

June   :'(
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« Reply #30 on: Oct 09, 2014, 05:03 PM »
Just watched that video (again). Thanks June.
Thinking of what has happened since, it is an absolute waste of probably the most sleek and elegant-looking large ship afloat.

The bloke in the bow in whites, and standing in the cat's whiskers after they connected to the tug is my youngest.
After they had the changing of owners & flags ceremony that night, that red 'Golden Lion' Cunard house flag that was up the fwd jack staff just somehow ended up hanging over his shoulders after he lowered it, to later end up in a bedroom in my home, where it will stay until he hangs it in his own home.
Ian McNaught also gave him the NZ flag that QE2 was flying when she last departed Auckland in Feb 2008, after all the other navigating officers had signed it. He now has a couple of very good momentos of his time aboard, plus he will end up with all the items my wife & I bought when aboard as well. And the attached photo that I blew up for his bedroom wall - I snapped it in Malta in July 2008.

I doubt any of the current crop of ships will ever grow a following and attraction that QE2 had over so many years.

Oddly enough, my lad flew through Dubai on his way to Denmark 3 days ago. I wonder if he was on the correct side of the aircraft to get a good view.

In the offshore industry, being delayed, or swinging on the anchor for 2-3 weeks, while waiting for something to happen is becoming the norm.
The way QE2 operated was exactly the opposite - she waited for no one (normally).
I was on the QE back in 2011 and even she didn't wait (left Jeffrey Archer & wife fuming on the dockside in Oslo - cost him hundreds for a taxi to the pilot station, but he probably recovered the cost selling books outside the bookshop next day!).

Time to hit the bunk - should be dragging the anchor up some time before Monday and heading for Singapore, then home.
Skilly

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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #31 on: Oct 09, 2014, 05:24 PM »
Thank you for your memories and reflections, Skilly. QE2 lives on, in so many of our hearts and lives... you have some really good mementos there, to treasure.

Great photo too -- you really should enter the photo competition with some of your pictures!

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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #32 on: Oct 09, 2014, 05:33 PM »
Hi Skilly -

Thank you very much for your message.

What has happened is truly, as you say, an absolute waste of our QE2.  There is no other ship with her beauty nor charisma !

Thank you for telling us your son is in the bow and how he has the Cunard House Flag and the NZ Flag.  Autographed even and presented by Capt. McNaught !  They are indeed awesome souvenirs of his time aboard our QE2 along with the ones you and your wife have.  The photo of QE2 in Malta in beautiful !

I do not believe any of the new ships will have the following of our QE2. 

Please let us know if your son did get a glimpse of QE2 when flying over. 

All the best for your voyage to Singapore and then home.

June   :)
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Re: QE2 arriving in Dubai
« Reply #33 on: Oct 09, 2014, 05:56 PM »
'Morning Skilly
Very Good to hear from you, hoping all is well
and 'Safe way home'
Rosie
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.