Author Topic: 1968/69 problems which delayed Cunard acceptance of QE2  (Read 5304 times)

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Online Waverley

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Re: Report on Turbine blade damage.
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 11:41 PM »
QE2's propellers interest me because there so different than the other propellers i've seen. They do look powerful no wonder she's the fastest ship.

Is she the fastest ship in the world still?

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Re: Report on Turbine blade damage.
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009, 11:01 PM »
Another interesting find Robert and maybe Rob can shed more light on this.
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Re: Report on Turbine blade damage.
« Reply #3 on: Dec 15, 2009, 10:35 AM »
I just read that, and although it's very long it is worth reading through - it describes the damage exactly, and what caused it.
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Re: Report on Turbine blade damage.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 07, 2010, 11:29 PM »
thanks for finding, it's amazing what's out and about on the t'internet - how did we ever live without it I wonder


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Turbine blade damage.
« Reply #5 on: Feb 17, 2010, 10:11 AM »
An old photo I've got showing the damage to the turbines so hope it's OK to put on.
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Maiden Voyage delayed...
« Reply #6 on: Apr 03, 2010, 09:29 AM »
2nd January 1969
QE2 arrived for the first time in Southampton
No flags flying here - she was not yet in service.

Her Maiden Voyage was cancelled, together with six planned voyages.
It would be interesting to know more!
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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: 1968/69 problems which delayed Cunard acceptance
« Reply #7 on: Apr 05, 2010, 03:50 PM »
Excellent video :

Quote from: British Pathé
Southampton, Hampshire.

General views of QE2 slowly steaming into Southampton Dock, being towed by tugs. M/S pan of name 'Queen Elizabeth 2' and people watching from deck. She has come home from trials to have her ailing turbine seen to. Pan along deck, showing chefs and others watching and waving. Captain Warwick watches from observation deck. L/S of QE2 in dock, pan to bow.

General views inside main control room of QE2. Shot of turbine revolving very slowly. Workmen and officials go up the gangplank and aboard the ship.

Several shots at press conference being held by Sir Basil Smallpiece, chairman of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and Cunard and Mr Anthony Hepper.

Several shots of the interior of the ship, looking down corridor pan door, pan up unfinished light fittings, pan of room with all the workmen's gear assembled in a mess, another unfinished room with electric fittings. General view looking along main deck with workmen's gear lying about, pan to window frames. Pan of bedroom. C/U of hand-written sign on wall reading 'Grill' with an arrow beneath it.

General view pan of one of the main lounges where two men are seated. C/U of Captain Warwick and Sir Basil talking together on deck with Anthony Hepper.

General view of QE2 in dock.
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Offline Mauretania1907

Re: 1968/69 problems which delayed Cunard acceptance
« Reply #8 on: Apr 06, 2010, 08:50 AM »
ow, that turbine looks as if it was munted, did they replace it all, or just the broken blades