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QE2 Story April 2011 Newsletter
« on: Apr 14, 2011, 01:38 PM »
Welcome to the The QE2 Story April Newsletter

Please note that for some of the links below to work, you need to be logged into the Forum, because they are in members only areas.

Forum Record

March was another record-breaking month for the Forum, when we had over 190,000 page views in one month.  The continued success of QE2 Story Forum is a tribute to the popularity of the QE2.  Thank-you to all Forum members and guests for making this possible!

Queen Elizabeth meets QE2 in Dubai

Queen Elizabeth meeting QE2 in Dubai on 31 March 2011 created lots of interest on the Forum.  The new Cunard ship Queen Elizabeth visited Dubai as part of her first World Cruise.  This was an excellent opportunity for her to pick up some tips from the most famous ship in the world. 

“The QE2 meets QE 31 March 2011 and 1 April 2011” topic attracted 1069 views between 10 March and 1 April 2011.  See below for link to topic:,3055.0.html

On 31 March 2011 we were treated to the webcam views posted by Matt that showed QE’s approach to Dubai with QE2 clearly visible. 

Cunard had organized an amazing aerial photo shoot of the Queen Elizabeth approaching the QE2.  We were delighted that they made these available to The QE2 Story Forum with their permission for us to post so that all our members got first hand views of this historic event. We are sure you will all agree that the QE2 looks magnificent.  You can see these photos at the above link (reply 42). 

QM2 in Dubai 3 April 2011

Forum member Rosie, who has been onboard QM2 for a World Cruise was fortunate to get up close to QE2 in Dubai.  Read her posts and see the photos she has posted.,3056.0/topicseen.html

Rob Lightbody on the BBC

The media interest created by QE2 meeting Queen Elizabeth in Dubai  (and QE2 breaking her moorings) resulted in Rob Lightbody being asked to provide information that was used in a BBC Hampshire news article. We were so pleased that photos supplied by our Forum member Andy (Dubaisailor) were used in this article.

Following on from this Rob was invited to appear on TV on the BBC South Today program and then to speak on BBC Radio Solent. 

On BBC South Today Rob was introduced as running a very well informed QE2 Forum (yes that’s us) and the interview gave a perfect mix of Rob’s knowledge and enthusiasm of the QE2.  This was an excellent opportunity for “Keeping the Legend Alive” and judging by the Forum’s response that day it certainly did.  We had the highest number of Forum page views (9017) for March and the highest number of people on the Forum in the month of March.  Quite an achievement!
Follow the link , select page 2 and scroll down to reply 50 on 1 April 2011 to see some photo stills from the TV article:,3055.0.html

But what brought a tear to most of our eyes was the amazing sound of the QE2’s horn that we heard at the start of the BBC Radio Solent interview with Rob.  (The radio interview is only available to listen to online until 6 April 2011)
(wind forward to 1h33m and play from there)

Cunard announces that QE2 is still their most famous Queen

We were pleased to see the Cunard Press Release reporting the results of a recent YouGov Survey which stated that “the most recognised ship, in unprompted responses from the general public is Cunard's former flagship Queen Elizabeth 2, closely followed by the company's current flagship Queen Mary 2, and the newly-launched Queen Elizabeth.”  Follow the link to the Cunard web site News Room page to read the full Press Release produced by Cunard’s Public Relations Team.

You can read the Forum members' responses to this survey at this link to the topic,3080.0.html

New Photos of QE2 Adrift

When the QE2 broke her moorings in January we were all eager to get news that the ship was safe and undamaged.  It was reassuring to hear from Andy (Dubaisailor) who posted some amazing photos (taken by his friend) of the QE2, as she was set adrift.  He told us that QE2 had lost her breast and stern lines during the Shamal.  She swung on her head ropes and was sitting with her bulbous bow touching the dock well.  Luckily tugs were on hand and quickly came to her rescue.  Have a look at these amazing photos by following this link to reply number 34 on 16 March 2011.,2857.0.html

New Photos of QE2 in Dry Dock

We know that you were all delighted to see the new photos of QE2 when she was in Dry Dock in Dubai in 2009.   There has been some interesting discussion on this topic and we appreciated these stunning, new photos of the ship posted by Andy.  Follow the link and go to reply 73 on 19 March 2011,872.40.html

Photo Competition

We are continually amazed at the range of QE2 photos posted by Forum members.  In last month’s Newsletter we gave information on the updated and enhanced Forum photo gallery.

We now intend to use the gallery to host a QE2 Story monthly photo competition.  You will have the opportunity to post QE2 photos in the gallery and to vote on photos submitted by other Forum members.  Our intention is that the winning monthly photo will be included in a special QE2 Story Calendar.  Look out for more information that will soon be posted with instruction on how to participate. 

New QE2 Story Badges available

We have been overwhelmed with the response to the new QE2 Story Badges that quickly sold out.  We now have a new delivery of the badges, and have posted outstanding orders. 

If you have not placed an order for the QE2 Story Badge think about ordering soon and if you have purchased a badge remember to send us a photo of you wearing it in a “shippy” place.  Did you notice that Rob was wearing the badge on the TV interview?

Special certificates

Over the years, passengers and crew received special certificates for various special voyages, such as Farewell to Steam, Panama Canal Crossings, Cunard anniversaries and others. These certificates are in a remarkable variety of styles and sizes, and we have by now collected quite a few of them, here :,621.0.html

Enjoy what is already there, and do show us any that you might have stashed away among your own memorabilia!

NPR broadcasts

Our members have located two broadcasts still available on the National Public Radio (NPR) web site, and which can be listened to here :,2999.0.html

In both cases, enjoy Captain Ian McNaught's voice!

QE2 Story at Tall Ships Race 8th July to 10th July 2011

Following the successful QE2 Story week-end last June, members are looking forward to the QE2 Story at the Tall Ships Race in July.  Plans have still to be finalised but our initial thoughts are that we will meet on the Friday evening (8 July) giving members the opportunity to chat over a drink.  On the Saturday we will be in Greenock where there will be a mix of free time to explore by yourself and specific times to meet with other Forum members attending the event.

We look forward to hearing your ideas on what would make this a successful event.,2756.0.html

Ask the Captain

Members have posted some interesting questions for Commodore Ronald W Warwick.  You will be pleased to know that we have extended the deadline until Monday 25 April 2011 so there is still time to post your question.,2989.0.html

What a good month this has been for interesting news on the QE2 Story Forum.  Thank-you for your input and please keep posting on this very well informed Forum. 

Lynda Bradford and Isabelle Prondzynski
on behalf of the QE2 Story Team
« Last Edit: Aug 18, 2014, 07:17 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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