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Offline Twynkle

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
« Reply #20 on: Aug 14, 2017, 11:45 PM »
A short, silent video of the start of QE2's Maiden Voyage
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/maiden-voyage-of-the-qe2
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Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
« Reply #21 on: Aug 15, 2017, 03:19 AM »
A short, silent video of the start of QE2's Maiden Voyage
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/maiden-voyage-of-the-qe2

Thanks, Rosie!

Online Brandon Sterkel

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
« Reply #22 on: Aug 15, 2017, 05:17 AM »
What an interesting find, Rosie!
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Offline Philippe Spanner

Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2018, 04:46 AM »
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
   
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Phil Spanner. Joined QE2 while in King George dry dock during repairs to turbines in 1969.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2018, 08:13 AM »
What a wonderful memory, Philippe! I would have loved to have been there when you played that trumpet :) .

Did you sail QE2 in between those two great events too?

Offline Twynkle

Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2018, 08:21 AM »
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
 

Hello Philippe Spanner and a very warm Welcome!
What an amazing story!
This is definitely one which will be helping hugely in keeping the legend of QE2 very much alive!
The Maiden voyage must have been a great experience, and the Tandem crossing with QM2 as well - just guessing here that your own QE2 story could have been very interesting too! 

Was your trumpet on board because you were one of the ship's musicians - and, do you know whether the bugle had always been a permanent fixture in the Pig?
Rosie





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Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2018, 03:36 PM »
After nearly 49 years, It still puts a smile on my face watching the video of the QE2 moving away from dock. At counter 50 and 58 you can hear a trumpet sound. I was exhausted running down to the cabin to pick up my trumpet, and running back up to the forward, starboard side of the ship to give a farewell salute. The intention was to play a tune but I lost my embouchure due to my running. The cook ( former Military Soldier) standing next to me took over and played a tune, that was deleted by the news cutting room. On the final transatlantic crossing with my wife, I once again sounded out to the Queen Mary 2 sailing in tandem alongside. This time with the bugle that came from the QE2 pig and whistle.
 



Welcome onboard Philippe! A great QE2 story! I was on the tandem voyage, on QM2, but unfortunately cannot remember hearing a Bugle. When did you play the Bugle on that voyage? When the two ships came closer together on the final sea day and saluted each other?
First travelled on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and travelled on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008 - we had the better view!

Offline Philippe Spanner

Re: Qe2 Sea Trials and Maiden Voyage (Video)
« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2018, 06:10 AM »
I joined QE2 while the ship was in dry dock, then a trip to Gibraltar followed by the maiden voyage. I was on board for nearly 2 years, then met my wife to be, and never went back. She was a 13 year old schoolgirl.
  Her father left the Queen Mary when he met his wife to be, he is in his 80's now. I never imagined I would ever leave the QE2 but was the start of a very happy marriage.
 I played the bugle as we left New York and on the last day as both ships were alongside. QE2 on Starboard, QM2 on port. We faintly heard a cheer from QM2 as we got quite close, not necessarily from my playing. 
 I worked in the kitchen peeling potatoes and onions when I started, then worked up to assistant cook then waiter in the Britannia restaurant. On one trip I was asked if I would serve Sir Basil Smallpiece ( chairman of Cunard) who wanted to experience the service in Britannia. From spud peeling to serving Sir Basil in one year.
  The bugle was owned by the barman of the pig and whistle. We decided one day to swop instruments but keeping our own mouthpieces. When the mouthpiece was being taken off the bugle it broke the neck, then it became mine. I repaired it years later.
  I made a scrapbook of life on board and viewed by Captain Warwick on the last trip.
Phil Spanner. Joined QE2 while in King George dry dock during repairs to turbines in 1969.

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
« Reply #28 on: Apr 25, 2019, 04:35 PM »
We received a very interesting story from a forum guest who lives in USA.  Her Mum was onboard QE2's maiden voyage to travel to USA to be married - see story below

Does anyone have photos of people on the Maiden Voyage when the ship sailed into New York? 

It would be fantastic if we could help with this enquiry. 

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I came across your website on facebook. I am looking for some help.

My mother, Renuka Amin, was on the maiden voyage of the QE2. Her brothers bought her a ticket to sail to the USA to meet my father, and be married 4 days after arriving in NYC.

She traveled alone, but speaks so fondly of the journey and the anticipation of starting a new life in a new country.

There are no surviving pictures or documents of her on the ship. As my parents are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, I am desperately trying to find photographs or video footage of her. Here's what I know-

She was on the front on deck of the ship upon arriving in NYC to enjoy the celebrations.
She wore a light blue/green sari with a brown coat on the day, her hair in a beehive

My parents have lived a wonderful American dream life and this maiden passage was the start of it all. Any direction you can provide would bring so much joy.
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I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
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Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2019, 10:17 AM »
What better way to celebrate QE2's maiden voyage than to enjoy viewing these videos. 

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=5451.msg55278#msg55278
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
« Reply #30 on: May 02, 2019, 04:04 PM »
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Offline Bob C.

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 video
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2019, 02:47 AM »
Here's more 1969 Colour Maiden Voyage video

British Movietone




Just found this one last night on YouTube.  Looks like someone beat me to posting it - by many years!

Offline Twynkle

Re: Maiden voyage 1969 videos
« Reply #32 on: Jan 25, 2020, 12:03 PM »
Another short movie frm the British Movietone archives.  This is one of her departing Southampton with a few glimpses of the interior and is in colour!

Movietone QE2 Maiden Voyage:
http://www.movietone.com/N_POPUP_Player.cfm?action=playVideo&assetno=69342

Note for some strange reason the link takes you into a loop and back to this topic.  However if you copy and paste the link in your browser it works. 


Mods - Ocean liner QEII maiden voyage - Queen Elizabeth 2 - 1969
This video isn't working here - however it can be found in Rob's post below!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.