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Final Voyage Day by Day
« on: Nov 12, 2014, 04:43 PM »
12 November 2008 - where was our QE2 on that day ? and what do you recall about that day ?
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #1 on: Nov 12, 2014, 07:59 PM »
Thanks to various events, l missed the last train from Southampton to London on the 11th and stayed over unexpectedly with a lady from previous cruises. She had returned from QE2 on the 11th.  The night of the 11th a few of us gathered having pre arranged to meet at a bar and celebrated QE2 and our special times, turns out it was a salsa bar so we moved on. but after a  late night and a reasonably early morning quick train to London on the 12th l had gathered some newspapers and read the details of the night before. checked out of the hotel and passed some time in London before the long train journey home to Elgin .
 As was always the case with QE2 it was first class with East Coast, and l saw no reason to change that for this journey.

As things turned out l was registered for one of the Maiden cruises on Queen Elizabeth and after a holiday to America l promptly cancelled that cruise and knew then l would never ever sail Cunard again.
While l dont blame Carnival Towers Marlow and Shanks for what they did, l will never forgive them  >:( >:(  EVER

Dont get me wrong there has been times on ship visits l feel l could easy book passage and sail away again with Cunard, but the cold light of day on disembarking tells me. No   

Which does beg the question, had things gone to plan and QE2 had been transformend into the new wonder would l hold different views,  rather than seeing her all tied up, like a dead fish, cast upon the shore left to mercy of the elements to rot away..well who knows
But l very much doubt it
 
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 2014, 10:24 AM »
I am attracted by the idea that we might try, six years later, to relive the final voyage day by day, both on-board (by linking to contributions already in the Forum), and on-shore (for those of us who were watching from afar or from her ports of call).

What I remember was that for me, QE2's bridgecam was never off, and I was constantly downloading the images. Following her journey via AIS and via some stories reaching me from on board. Once she left the Mediterranean Sea, I learnt a lot about the geography of the regions she transited -- and understood how huge the distances are!

As so often, I am not in the right place to access the materials I would want to use, such as the day-by-day schedule of the voyage. Would anyone have a scan of that, to start us off?

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #3 on: Nov 13, 2014, 02:22 PM »
Hi Isabelle -

Thank you very much for your message.  To relive the final voyage day by day in view of what has and what has not happened in the last six years would give us an opportunity to reminisce and to share our feelings about our beloved QE2 now in 2014.  Links to previous posts would be wonderful as we progress through the final voyage.

Perhaps this exists on The Forum, but if so, I have not found it.  I am looking for or would like help in making a map which shows QE2's position and miles traveled for each day of her final voyage.  The map would also show each port of call and the amount of time spent there. 

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #4 on: Nov 13, 2014, 03:15 PM »
13 November 2008 of our beloved QE2's final voyage...
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #5 on: Nov 13, 2014, 03:17 PM »
Fantastic idea Isabelle and I also like June's idea of a map of ports of call. 

Commemorative menus, and first day covers would also be relevant.

I have a copy of the menu for 11 November 2008 but it is too large a file size to upload to the forum and for some strange reason the option to shrink on shrink pictures.com web site is not working but I am sure there will be other members have copies of the final voyage menus. 
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #6 on: Nov 13, 2014, 03:35 PM »
Do we have access to QE2's log for the final voyage ?

If not, how can we determine how many miles she traveled each day, her exact route, and how long she was in each port ?
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #7 on: Nov 13, 2014, 04:06 PM »
The itinerary is noted on QE2 The Cunard Liner QE2 web site.  Perhaps Michael could help with information on the distance between ports etc. 
http://www.qe2.org.uk/itinerary.html#Nov

It would be good to hear from members who were onboard for this final voyage. 
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #8 on: Nov 13, 2014, 04:21 PM »
Hi Lynda -

Thank you very much for the link to the itinerary.  Now we need to fill in the distances traveled each day and her coordinates and make a map showing that.  And then we need to fill in the amount of time spent in each port.

Menus, ship's newspaper, events, etc. would be good to add for each day as you mention. 

And yes, please let us hear from members who were aboard and from members who viewed QE2 from afar on her final voyage.

June   :)

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #9 on: Nov 13, 2014, 06:02 PM »
Quote
  13 November 2008 of our beloved QE2's final voyage...   

.....At home depressed..does that count... :'(
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #10 on: Nov 13, 2014, 06:11 PM »
.....At home depressed..does that count... :'(

Hi Myles -

Yes, it does indeed count, very much !  I was at work very much depressed.  Whether aboard or at the far corners of the earth, the days of the final voyage seemed like a "death march".  J.  :'(
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #11 on: Nov 13, 2014, 11:34 PM »
June  - About QE2's final days in service with Cunard, there is already much posted here on the Forum under many and various topics!
It will be quite a feat to seek and find every post relating to QE2's Final Voyage - Images on Flickr as well as from the original gallery here should help with information for you, as well as the Final Calls and Personal accounts already posted, together with Rob's great time-line - these will give you much information too.
Personally, at the moment, this seems one of the saddest anniversaries - and for many of us who 'knew QE2' as well as we did, it could just be 'one ask too much' right now. There are plenty of  places here where much about feelings and thoughts have been expressed - and perhaps it could be just one step to far at the moment.
Please know that many of us went through abject misery at the time - spending time on the ship in whatever capacity will have taken enormous courage for many of those who knew her well. And with hindsight it could be easier or perhaps just as difficult for some, for others it maybe less important - life goes on....However I know very many crew members who still miss her a very great deal, memories can be painful as well as good fun, you know!
I feel almost too sad to think about it, let alone talk and post about it, perhaps others feel differently....
The fact that the future for QE2 seems pretty uncertain doesn't help either.
« Last Edit: Nov 13, 2014, 11:37 PM by Twynkle »
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #12 on: Nov 14, 2014, 04:53 PM »
Hi Rosie -

Thank you very much for your message and take on the Final Voyage Day by Day.  Many of us here have had closer physical associations with our beloved QE2 than I have, but my attachment to QE2 started right around the time she was conceived.

June   :'(
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #13 on: Nov 16, 2014, 09:03 AM »
Attached is a copy of the ship's chart for 25th/26th/27th of November 2008, with thanks to Single_Malt Ali, who permitted me to copy it from her mum's photos.

I am told the AIS was delayed/turned off when the ship was mid-Mediterranean so that nefarious parties would have no idea when the ship would be passing the Somali coast area. The ship's max. speed was down to 25 knots tops as the machinery was getting rather hot and the coolers had no capacity left, so they couldn't out-run anything.

I know the feeling, as I have just come home from Batam/Singapore, but as we went through the Java Sea I was logging the highest sea temperatures I have ever seen - 380C! We had a few cooling issues as well. Normal sea temp in these areas is 34/5 degrees.

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #14 on: Nov 16, 2014, 04:39 PM »
Hi Skilly --

Thank you very much for your message, information, and the photo of the ship's chart.  That is absolutely awesome to see !  So QE2's final voyage through the Mediterranean was a bit like her run down to the Falklands.  I was not aware of that and very good to know.  Also very interesting to learn of speed, sea temps affecting machinery, and your own experience with same. 

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #15 on: Nov 26, 2014, 02:39 PM »
Hi Skilly - Do you know of other information regarding QE2's engines during the final voyage ?  Thanks, June   :)
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #16 on: Feb 14, 2015, 08:27 PM »
DATE                   DISTANCE      STEAMING TIME    AVERAGE SPEED   PORT

11 November                                                                     SOUTHAMPTON
13 November   915              33.5                   27.3                           Lisbon
14 November    329              12.5                   26.3                           Gibraltar
16 November   893              37.2                   24                            Civitavecchia
17 November    179              11.5                   15.6                           Naples
18 November   336              13.3                   25.3                           Valletta
20 November   811              32.1                   25.3                           Alexandria
21 November   154              5.8                    26.6                           Suez Transit
26 November   2902             117.7                   24.7                           DUBAI
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #17 on: Feb 16, 2015, 03:40 PM »
Hi Michael -

Thank you very much for this very valuable information.

June   :)
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #18 on: Nov 11, 2015, 08:33 PM »
Last night I found another little memento - the crew list for the final voyage to Dubai.
However, the crew photo on page 1 is not quite correct for the last voyage as it shows David Perkins as master (centre front), when we all know Ian McNaught was driving. But, the photo was taken two months before that final voyage.

I have attached a colour photo where the front row are not waving their arms about, but was obviously taken at the same time.

Only the booklet cover is coloured - the other pages are all B&W

The booklet is 40 pages in total - I have only attached the first half dozen pages here - sing out if you want the lot!

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« Reply #19 on: Nov 11, 2015, 08:37 PM »
And some more!

I will attach some more pages every couple of days - they are black & white, and take a bit of work to get the grainy photos enhanced enough to look reasonable after scanning.

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #20 on: Nov 11, 2015, 08:48 PM »
Thank you very much, Skilly, for posting the pages from the Farewell Crew List. 

It is marvelous to be able to read each person's name and to see the photos and QE2's information as listed in the booklet.

Please do add more pages as you are able. 

It seems that each passing year becomes more and more poignant with our beloved QE2 being in limbo for so long.

June 
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #21 on: Nov 11, 2015, 09:10 PM »
Wow! Very interesting to read!
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #22 on: Nov 11, 2015, 09:13 PM »
A lovely fitting note from the Captain to his crew. and notice the comment for QE2s arrival in Dubai and the depart time.. :(
As always very interesting and look forward to seeing some more as and when time permits..
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #23 on: Nov 12, 2015, 07:46 PM »
Today, we are at sea...
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #24 on: Nov 12, 2015, 09:38 PM »
Today, we are at sea...
Do you know if it was a busy one, June?

If anyone still has a Daily Programme(s), it would be interesting to know whether the same format was followed, as with any other previous sea day...
Who were the Lecturers?
Were the Bridge teachers on board?
And the Entertainers, was it anyone special?
There are still many crew-members  on board the current Cunard ships who took QE2 to Dubai.
« Last Edit: Nov 12, 2015, 09:43 PM by Twynkle »
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #25 on: Nov 12, 2015, 10:45 PM »
Did a little homework last night - time for the next instalments of the final crew lists:

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« Reply #26 on: Nov 12, 2015, 10:47 PM »
Continued:

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« Reply #27 on: Nov 12, 2015, 10:49 PM »
And continued some more: ::)

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« Reply #28 on: Nov 12, 2015, 10:51 PM »
And some more again: ::) ::)

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« Reply #29 on: Nov 12, 2015, 10:55 PM »
Good thing I already checked with Rob that he has plenty of HDD space available - Michael G. and I have already killed the storage system once with an overload of photos a few years back:

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« Reply #30 on: Nov 12, 2015, 11:01 PM »
And, the last instalment.

As well as listed crew, on this last voyage there was one of the highest totals ever of crew families/partners/siblings/spouses (or is it spousi??).
Along with the full pax list, I wonder if this was one of the highest POB totals she ever carried in peacetime?

Michael - any chance of some numbers on that front??

John Duffy seems to be in so many photos - he missed the Tech Team one in the ECR though!

Cheers

Skilly
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #31 on: Nov 12, 2015, 11:06 PM »
Fabulous list, Skilly -- thank you!

Just shows what a huge number of people were involved in keeping QE2 running smoothly...

I suppose that such lists were not published for every voyage -- this must have been a special souvenir. Was it made available to passengers too?

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #32 on: Nov 13, 2015, 02:07 PM »
Do you know if it was a busy one, June?

If anyone still has a Daily Programme(s), it would be interesting to know whether the same format was followed, as with any other previous sea day...
Who were the Lecturers?
Were the Bridge teachers on board?
And the Entertainers, was it anyone special?
There are still many crew-members  on board the current Cunard ships who took QE2 to Dubai.

Hi Rosie -

I am sure it was a very busy day, not only with activities aboard, but with those aboard saying good bye to their beloved ship in many different ways and in ways that would continue throughout the voyage. 

I was far away in New London, CT, USA, wishing I were aboard and not still believing that our QE2 had been sold, had completed her "Goodbye Voyages" and was now on her final voyage to Dubai.  It was surrealistic to say the least. 

It would indeed be very interesting to see the daily programmes from her final voyage.  Perhaps Michael could help us out in that respect. 

June
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« Reply #33 on: Nov 13, 2015, 02:13 PM »
Hi Skilly -

Thank you so very much for taking the time to post each page of the farewell crew booklet.  It is a wealth of information to be able to see all of those who took part in our QE2's fateful voyage.  And it is a tribute to all who worked aboard to make QE2 the very special ship that she was (and still is). 

In photo 0032, the sign on the wall must be referring to the number of days left from when the photo was taken. 

I am looking forward very much to studying in detail each page of the booklet.  Thanks again for making it available to us !

June   :)
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #34 on: Nov 13, 2015, 06:17 PM »
Today, 13 November, arrived 10:00 AM in Lisbon.

Tomorrow, 14 November, will arrive 10:00 AM in Gibraltar.
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #35 on: Nov 13, 2015, 08:49 PM »
An amazing list of names of people from QE2. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Surprised to see Andrew Nelder as MD of Mauretania, l always associated him with upstairs.. ;)
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« Reply #36 on: Nov 14, 2015, 12:17 AM »
Surprised to see Andrew Nelder as MD of Mauretania, l always associated him with upstairs.. ;)

He was scheduled to be replaced in the Queen's Grill for this final voyage, as his time for leave had come.

In order to remain on board, which he absolutely wanted, he was offered the job in the Mauretania and gladly accepted. And so, he was able to stay on the ship until the bitter end...

I did not know him well, but when we left the ship on 30 September 2008, I walked round the Boat Deck one last time and found him inside, in the Queen's Grill. I waved to him, and then we both pressed our right hands against the window glass for a good-bye. It was quite a moving scene...

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« Reply #37 on: Nov 15, 2015, 06:19 PM »
Today, 15 November, we are at sea...
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« Reply #38 on: Nov 16, 2015, 01:43 PM »
Today, 16 November, 8:00 AM, arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy..
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« Reply #39 on: Nov 18, 2015, 01:17 PM »
Yesterday, 17 November at 8:00 AM, we arrived in Naples.

Today, 18 November at 9:00 AM, we arrived in Valletta, Malta.
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« Reply #40 on: Nov 19, 2015, 09:29 AM »
Arrival Malta was noisy, with an appropriate salute for royalty!!

And, the navigation team on that final voyage.

And, her AIS is on at the moment.

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« Reply #41 on: Nov 19, 2015, 10:26 AM »
Arrival Malta was noisy, with an appropriate salute for royalty!!

And, the navigation team on that final voyage.

Thank you for those, Skilly!

Malta was her last port of call in Europe... I remember the sinking feeling I had at the time that the end was very nigh indeed...

And all the time, I was glued to her bridgecam.

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« Reply #42 on: Nov 19, 2015, 02:05 PM »
Thanks, Skilly, very much for the marvelous photos !!   :)
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« Reply #43 on: Nov 19, 2015, 02:06 PM »
Today, 19 November, we are sea...
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« Reply #44 on: Nov 19, 2015, 02:14 PM »
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19th November (1968) is a great anniversary for QE2
She was moved from Clydebank to Greenock before starting her sea trials
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« Reply #45 on: Nov 19, 2015, 02:18 PM »
Thanks, Rosie, and yes indeed, 19 November is a great anniversary for our ship at the beginning of her life !   :)
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« Reply #46 on: Nov 19, 2015, 02:42 PM »
Love the pictures! Thank you for posting them, Skilly!
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« Reply #47 on: Nov 20, 2015, 06:53 PM »
This morning, 20 November at 6:00 AM, we arrived at Alexandria...
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« Reply #48 on: Nov 20, 2015, 08:13 PM »
We arrived in Alexandria and prepared for a long trip to Cairo and Giza. The city was a bit of a disappointment, it was a bit messy to say the least and it was very sad to see so much litter blowing about in area of the Pyramids. Equally disappointing was the hoards of Egyptian 'gentlemen' grabbing tourists and sitting them on their camels. It felt a rather unsafe place. However, I was pleased to see the Pyramids and The Sphinx close up. Then off into the city, a shop for souvenirs and then lunch on the Nile. Belly dancer over lunch, not bad, but again rather sad to see so much poverty on the banks of the river.

Returned to the ship arriving after six, and the light was fading. I recall them hurrying us on board as the ship was preparing to depart. Quite sad really, as this was the last port QE2 would ever depart. Not much was made of this, but to me this was a significant historic moment. Along deck four I watched as the last great starboard aft door was closed and sealed tight. indeed I recall capturing the moment on video.

Captain McNaught welcomed everyone back on board and noted our route towards The Suez Canal.
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« Reply #49 on: Nov 20, 2015, 08:40 PM »
Thanks, Cunarder Man, for sharing the day with us.  Yes, sad to note that Alexandria was the last port from which our QE2 would depart.  Do you have the video you took ? 
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« Reply #50 on: Nov 22, 2015, 07:28 PM »
21 November, transiting the Suez Canal...

22 November at sea...
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« Reply #51 on: Nov 23, 2015, 09:19 PM »
23 November at sea...
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« Reply #52 on: Nov 24, 2015, 05:38 PM »
24 November at sea...
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« Reply #53 on: Nov 24, 2015, 05:40 PM »
24 November at sea...

QE2s arrival to hell was getting closer and closer

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #54 on: Nov 25, 2015, 07:24 AM »
These days in the Red Sea , which I followed with increasing trepidation, made me realise what a huge expanse of water it is...

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 25, 2015, 02:28 PM »
25 November, this is it, final day at sea before arrival tomorrow...and captivity begins...
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« Reply #56 on: Nov 25, 2015, 04:41 PM »
The final day at sea was something special. We arranged a final Cabin Cavalcade and after visiting the cabins, we met Captain Ian & Mrs McNaught who warmly invited us to their cabin. We had a great few moments having a look about and seeing the treasures which were on display. This was a very special moment and we will never forget the kindness shown to us on QE2's last day at sea.

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« Reply #57 on: Nov 25, 2015, 05:36 PM »
Thanks very much for sharing with us your activities and thoughts about the final day at sea.  Your time with Captain and Mrs. McNaught is something to always hold special as are the final Cabin Cavalcade and the visits throughout the ship.  The photos are awesome and moving and thanks again for sharing these remembrances of our beloved QE2.
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #58 on: Nov 25, 2015, 07:17 PM »
Great photos, Cunarder Man! Thanks you for sharing them!

Video footage from QE2's last day of freedom is featured on the "QE2 Final Voyage" video on Vimeo.
It includes the Noon whistle test, the Final Baked Alaska Parade and the Final Crew Show

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« Reply #59 on: Nov 25, 2015, 07:25 PM »
All but memories now

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« Reply #60 on: Nov 25, 2015, 08:45 PM »
Quote
QE2s arrival to hell was getting closer and closer
   

And some might say that was ony the start of it..
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #61 on: Nov 27, 2015, 03:49 PM »
26 November, we are here....

27 November, it is all over....

28 November to the present and to the future for all time - our beloved QE2 ("our" meaning those who hold her dear, those who worked on her, those who travelled on her, those who admired her from afar) is a part of us.
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« Reply #62 on: Nov 27, 2015, 06:42 PM »
Note the departure time..
This was from wall calendar in Sailors Square Nov 11th 2008
The print shop guys as always a sharp sense of humour.
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« Reply #63 on: Nov 27, 2015, 08:14 PM »
November 27, 2008: The day we all hoped would never come.
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« Reply #64 on: Nov 27, 2015, 08:28 PM »
November 27, 2008: The day we all hoped would never come.

A port in which she should have never arrived

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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #65 on: Nov 28, 2015, 09:13 AM »
Arrival into Dubai and 'we' hit the news!

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« Reply #66 on: Nov 28, 2015, 04:32 PM »
A view from Dubai on 28 Nov 2008. She was clean then.

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« Reply #67 on: Dec 02, 2015, 03:47 AM »
December 1, 2008: According to World Ship Society NY, Most of the crew including Captain Ian McNaught and John Duffy have already disembarked the ship.
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« Reply #68 on: Dec 02, 2015, 04:32 AM »
The bosun & the Kiwi 3rd officer were the final crew off the ship - about December 6th from memory.

The last crew inter-departmental competition was held on the snow at the Dubai Snow Planet. No broken legs resulted!

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« Reply #69 on: Dec 02, 2015, 03:19 PM »
Thanks very much, Skilly, for letting us know who were the final crew off of QE2.  The photos are great but the flags she is flying look out of place.  The Dubai Snow Planet is amazing.  I can't even imagine all of that inside.

In regard to the engineering department, how was QE2 shut down (what steps) when she arrived in Dubai and the signal "Finished with Engines" was given ?

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« Reply #70 on: Dec 03, 2015, 02:46 AM »
Wouldn't most of the systems be left online, and just the propulsion motors be turned off?

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« Reply #71 on: Dec 04, 2015, 10:24 PM »
She arrived alongside as if arriving at a usual brief port stay. Just take the propulsion gennies out of the loop and shut the extra engines down, leaving one running to cover the ships load. Of course, once the pax were off, the galley loads dropped, and also the F.W. demands dropped dramatically. 1,000 tons of F.W. daily was suddenly no longer required! Nothing was out of the ordinary, except for the nostalgia of the moment for the crew who were leaving for the last time.

When you spend a decade or two on one particular ship you get very comfortable with the environment. Day-to-day running throws up few surprises when you know the job well, and if something very out-of-the-ordinary does happen, then one's good knowledge of the particular vessel really helps you make the correct decisions to overcome the problem.

The Australian offshore oil & gas industry is collapsing because of the massive drop in oil prices, so the Kiwi engineers like me who used to work over there on a fly-in/fly-out basis are no longer being called on. I was going to retire, but have been asked to rejoin the 37-year-old Dundee-built bulk cement carrier that I spent 12 years on when it was brand new. This ship has been with one company since the keel was laid on 4th May 1978 (it was actually financed by Blue Circle Cement of London, who owned the NZ operation back then). Going back to this ship has been like pulling on one's favourite slippers. Everyone is happy - lots of laughter - the ship works hard and never stops - it's a good environment, and knowing the ship well makes the job enjoyable.
Every 5 years since I left the vessel in 1990, I have gone back to this ship to overhaul the engine & propeller control systems, so have kept in touch with the people on board. But when it is sold off at the end of next year, it will be the end of an era for the company and the crew, many of whom have been on the ship for more than 20 years. It will be very much a duplication of the atmosphere surrounding the handing over of the QE2.
I bet the Chinese-built replacement will not last 40 years!

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« Reply #72 on: Dec 07, 2015, 07:56 PM »
December 7, 2008. All Cunard crew and personnel have left the ship. The ship is now in the complete hands of Dubai World.
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Re: Final Voyage Day by Day
« Reply #73 on: Dec 08, 2015, 10:41 PM »
This may be the moment to re-read what Michael wrote about leaving QE2 24 hours after the handover :

   https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1253.0.html

"The ship was gone"....

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« Reply #74 on: Dec 09, 2015, 01:57 PM »
Thanks, Isabelle, for bringing Michael's description of leaving QE2 to our attention.  It is very moving. 
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« Reply #75 on: Nov 21, 2016, 06:18 PM »
Today, 21 November 2008, final transit of Suez Canal...
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« Reply #76 on: Nov 26, 2016, 10:31 PM »
Well, today, 26 November 2008, she arrived at THAT place...
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« Reply #77 on: Nov 27, 2016, 04:54 PM »
Enough said..and look what a farce its all turned out to be..
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« Reply #78 on: Nov 27, 2016, 07:47 PM »
Truly the saddest day in QE2's life. The day when the Cunard Golden Lion was lowered from her mast.
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