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Offline Thomas Hypher

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Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
« Reply #40 on: Jan 13, 2021, 06:53 AM »
With this and another picture of Thomas on the bridge, I am almost positive that that is not the original, as built wheel! Antone any ideas? I think the original was wood with spokes.

The original wheel was replaced by the current plastic wheel (like the wheel on a toy car) sometime in the early 2000s from what I can deduce.

  This was the ships wheel as part of the sperry autopilot. Metal wheel with black resin-bakelite spokes handles
photo from 1984


Willum, do you think that Dubai might be using the original wheel in their representation of the bridge in her lobby building? It looks very similar if not and if I recall correctly has plastic/Bakelite spoke handles too. I've attached a screenshot from one of my videos from last January.
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
« Reply #41 on: Jan 13, 2021, 07:20 AM »
I don't know where the creche was -- but the Youth Chillout Room was not located near the Nursery. It was at a corner at the end of the promenade on either Upper or Quarter Deck. We never did get inside it to check how the youth had been chilling out...

I remember the teen club/youth chillout room was quite small and cozy. We had games consoles etc in there, much like a youth club on land really just more cramped!

I'll never forget being discreetly distraught during the final time we all met, for a farewell fish and chip meal which I struggled to finish due to being upset and which led one of the youth staff to ask if I was feeling unwell as I tried to mask my emotions, on my final voyage onboard as we'd had a wonderful time as a group including a group of us visiting QE Grand Suite which one of our group had with his family. I will also never forget craning my neck to look up at that wonderfully designed signal mast from pretty much directly below.

That last time at the teen club was one such moment of finality on that voyage when QE2's imminent retirement really hit home.

I tried to find the entrance of the teen club during my visit nearly a year ago, but looked in completely the wrong place ::) . However the door makes a slight appearance in one of my photos. I wonder if the room is much as it was, a time capsule of sorts, or just a storage place now?
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.