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Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #40 on: Apr 15, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Laurence Portet was appointed master of QE2 on 1/8/85 following the retirement of Captain Arnott
(BTW same source)

Thanks again for this information.  I have updated the profile. 
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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2014, 03:54 PM »
This really is a great idea to have, thanks for working hard on this topic Lynda.  :)
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« Reply #42 on: Aug 16, 2014, 02:23 AM »
Shocking to see what happened to Peter Russel... obviously after the QE2 days though, thank goodness.

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« Reply #43 on: Jan 14, 2015, 02:52 AM »
It is with great sadness that I have just read that Staff Captain David Carr passed away two days ago.

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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #44 on: Jan 14, 2015, 06:15 PM »
Hi Graham -

That is indeed very sad news, but thank you for letting us know about Staff Captain Carr's passing.  Would you have a link to an obituary by any chance ?

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« Reply #45 on: Jan 14, 2015, 10:02 PM »
I believe that he has not been well for some time.
My thoughts still go out to Janet, his wife, and his family.

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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #46 on: Jan 16, 2015, 05:03 PM »
Sad news to hear that "Commander Carr" is no longer with us.

I sailed on QE2 and Countess with him, he was the only officer on Countess ever to invite me to the Wardie. One of his party pieces was mimicking a phone ringtone, which always sent people reaching for the nearest phone.

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« Reply #47 on: Jan 24, 2015, 10:34 PM »
I had the great pleasure to Dine at the Staff Captains table on the historic west bound trip in April 1987 and the hosts were David Carr and Roland Hassle on alternate nights.
David was a source of great humour and stories, and for me a then teenager it was a great honour to be in such distinguished company. Aside from the added mishaps of that crossing the memories of that table in the Mauretania and the great hosts will always remain.
As it happened two of the guests including myself had sailed before and the other 3 were on their first crossing.
I did hear from one of his friends a number of years ago that he was  suffering from a degenerative illness, and was being looked after.
Rest in Peace...
His laugh will always linger on.
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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #48 on: Feb 28, 2015, 10:15 PM »
Three Queens Liverpool 2015: Merseyside QE2 captain Robin Woodall remembered

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/three-queens-liverpool-2015-robin-8735720#ICID=sharebar_twitter   
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« Reply #49 on: Mar 23, 2015, 06:17 PM »
We received a lovely email in the Admin in box from Antony Graham who had sailed with many of QE2 Captains before they were master of QE2.  We were pleased to received these snippets of information, which will be added to the Captain's topics. 

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In 1947, Larry Portet was 3rd officer of the Cunard managed Liberty ship Sambre when I was an apprentice.  We were friends and we went together to stay with his relations in up-country Virginia.  In 1948, Bob Arnott was 2nd Officer of the Cunard cargo ship Vasconia when I was 3rd Officer.  A really Good Man!  I think I get a mention in his book.  My next ship was RMS Scythia where Bill Law came as Chief Officer, very much war time RNR, who told me to wear my only medal ribbon, Company's Regulations!  Mortimer Hehir, a great and vivid character, was Senior First Officer of Georgic in 1949 when I was Senior Third.  We took 3rd Marine Commando Brigade to Hong Kong to protect it from Mao whose civil war was still raging.  The Captain, Reggie Sell, had for some reason a down on him, but he prospered nevertheless.  I was then in another cargo ship, the Valacia, where Larry Portet was 2nd Officer and I was 3rd.  So I knew him quite well.   The bearded Captain Warwick was a well known Cunard character, though I never sailed with him.  He was master of Franconia when she went aground in the St.Lawrence river, but that of course was the pilot's fault!
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« Reply #50 on: Sep 07, 2015, 06:55 PM »
When researching Captain Peter Jackson's career, I noticed that the date, in the Cunard publication that he first assumed command of the ship was 6 August 1973.  Yesterday I came across two further pieces of information. 
1.  He was Staff Captain on QE2's Maiden World Cruise in 1975
2.  He was appointed Master of Cunard Countess in 1976

As an aside, he was also Captain of Cunard Princess in mid-1977.

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« Reply #51 on: Sep 07, 2015, 07:05 PM »
David was a source of great humour and stories, and for me a then teenager it was a great honour to be in such distinguished company ...
I did hear from one of his friends a number of years ago that he was  suffering from a degenerative illness, and was being looked after.
Rest in Peace...
His laugh will always linger on.

David developed a brain tumour  in 2009. It was removed, but affected his balance and he moved into a care home. He unfortunately passed away on 13 January 2015, aged 72 years.

RIP David.
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« Reply #52 on: Nov 21, 2015, 12:57 PM »
Sadly, Captain Harvey Smith died on Monday, 16th November (2015).
QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 9 whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #53 on: Nov 21, 2015, 05:54 PM »
Sadly, Captain Harvey Smith died on Monday, 16th November (2015).

Hi,

That is sad news indeed. 

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/announcements/deaths/deaths/14041886.CAPTAIN_HARVEY_LESLIE_SMITH/
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Re: Members comments and contributions to QE2 Captains topic
« Reply #54 on: Nov 22, 2015, 02:09 PM »
So sad to hear this news although I knew it was inevitable as he has not enjoyed the best of health for some time.

He was a lovely man and a pleasure to sail with. He was, as I am sure I have said elsewhere, the finest Captain to have never been made master of QE2.

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 22, 2015, 05:28 PM »
Do we have a photo of him. Wasnt he photographed among the other Captains when the Queen came to pay her last visit.?

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Offline Tony Secker

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« Reply #57 on: Nov 28, 2015, 08:44 PM »
Very sad to hear of Captain Harvey Smith passing...Many wonderful memories of sailing with him....R.I.P Harvey

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #58 on: Nov 29, 2015, 09:16 AM »
We have received a comment from rupertb, as follows :

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I knew Harvey very well. He was not in the photo with the Captains of QE2 taken with the Queen in 2008. Harvey did have command of Cunard Countess on its trip to the Falklands taking the relatives there in 1982/3

Thank you very much, rupertb!

Offline Andy Holloway

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« Reply #59 on: Jun 17, 2017, 04:49 PM »
David developed a brain tumour  in 2009. It was removed, but affected his balance and he moved into a care home. He unfortunately passed away on 13 January 2015, aged 72 years.

RIP David.

So sorry to hear of Captain David Carr's passing some 2 years too late unfortunately.

I well remember Captain David Carr as being the person who interviewed me when i first applied to Cunard in 1994. Then, two years later it was once again he who 'interviewed me', although this second time it was more a case of 'have you got your banks details with you'?

When, in 2000, i was transferred from Seabourn Sun [formerly Royal Viking Sun] to QE2, he was waiting for me at the gangway, took me to one side and said; "I've put my faith in you, don't let me down!"

He was always the first person you saw when the gangway opened on arrival in S'ton and the last to depart, and he did like his 'breakfast rolls' on the bridge after arrival!

One story about David that stands out in my mind was an incident with several racing pigeons.

We were on a Westbound Trannie and, the first day out 7 racing pigeons were spotted on the upper sun deck.  Unfortunately it was misty and despite the best efforts of the Security Staff and Roger the Deck Steward, we only managed to capture 3 and they were safely housed in the Kennels.
This incident was reported to Cunard S'ton and was duly released to the press. The next morning David was driving into work and in the 'headlines' prior to the main news at 0700 on BBC Radio Southampton, they said; " and in the news today Stowaways on QE2!" Well David nearly crashed his car in shock! Then, for the next 10 minutes of his commute, he was panicking about what had happened. Until, once they local news came on and he heard it was all about pigeons, and only then did his heart rate drop to anything near what could be considered normal!

A lovely man who so wanted to be Captain of QE2 but, due to his ill health, never made it.

May he rest in peace.

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« Reply #60 on: Yesterday at 04:06 PM »
Thanks for the memories of Captain Carr and the really funny story about the stowaway pigeons.
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« Reply #61 on: Yesterday at 04:19 PM »
Loved the story! Thank you for telling us!
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« Reply #62 on: Today at 07:42 PM »
I remembered a tale from the QE2 Casino many moons ago.....During a world cruise Captained by Bob Arnott, the daily program would periodically have the captains photo on the front page. To pass the time the Casino Cashiers would doctor up these photos depending on the location of the ship, one was Bob wearing a turban - Captain Ram Jam Sing Arnott, another with a chinese theme was Captain Fu Man Chu Arnott etc. These were posted above the Cash desk windows and out of view of Pax. Apparently Captain Arnott visited the cash desk one night to see how everyone was doing, there were a lot of very straight faces as his eyes perused the portrait collection, apparently he cracked a smile and said carry on chaps!!!

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« Reply #63 on: Today at 11:14 PM »
Thanks Chris for the memory!  :) Brilliant to hear these stories that without the QE2 Story would not be heard.
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