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Offline Twynkle

All The Sounds aboard QE2
« on: Jun 19, 2009, 01:39 PM »

What can everyone remember?

On going into the Yacht Club -
That constant tinkling of glasses!

And the sounds of vacuum cleaners along the alleyways...

Dining tables -
that sort of dull thud of the cutlery and glasses as they were placed on the table cloths...

Ice, landing in a tumbler....

 
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Avariel

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #1 on: Jun 19, 2009, 03:57 PM »
The sounds of the engines.

I used to press my ear to the walls to listen to the engines hum.

And all the creaking of the ship. Probably the best sounds to fall asleep listening to.

I was so happy when I discovered that the air cooling system of the student house I stayed in when I was in Australia made a similar creaking sound.

Offline Bob C.

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #2 on: Jun 19, 2009, 04:34 PM »
The sound and feel of the cool air coming out of your cabin vents at night when all is quiet coupled with muffled sound of the sea outside and the intermittent creaking sounds as the ship gently rolled -can't beat it!

That memory is over 30 years old but is as fresh as if I experienced it yesterday! 

Offline Kathy M.

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #3 on: Jun 19, 2009, 05:09 PM »
I remember the pounding (and I think part of the noise was stabilizers) - we were in very high seas for my entire crossing!  I was thrown from my bed the first night!
Kathy

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #4 on: Aug 12, 2009, 05:17 PM »
All of those... yes, they all bring back wonderful memories...

And the sound of the Captain's mid day announcements... and the Third Officer's navigational information... followed by the International Hostess saying it all again in German, and / or Italian, and / or Japanese. And the way everyone stopped to listen to the Captain and the Third Officer -- and returned to normal activity as soon as the International Hostess started!

I recorded quite a few, but most were too long to upload to Flickr...  :(

Here are the ones that I managed to get there :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2930615808/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3119432451/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3166564702/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3743367958/

Happy days!!

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #5 on: Aug 13, 2009, 06:42 PM »
Being warm and snug inside the ship, even as far down as a five deck cabin, and hearing the fog horn.

The toilets flushing with a rush of real high pressure water... you don't get that on any modern ship!

The loud CLICK! of my cabin key unlocking or locking the door... another thing not found on modern ships...

The Princess Bar steward saying "The usual, sir?"  as soon as I walk in.

Crew members saying "Welcome back, it's good to see you again"


Offline Twynkle

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #6 on: Aug 13, 2009, 07:26 PM »



Yes - that's so true

and all our Thank yous were met with...'Your Welcome'
 
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline mickey g

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #7 on: Aug 13, 2009, 09:47 PM »
The thumping sounds of the engines midships on deck 5 (recorded by me), wonderful.

Captain Ian McNaught's midday messages after the midday ships whistle when at sea.

Changez in the Yacht Club after dinner.

The whistling Egyptians on the banks of the Suez Canal.

Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York as we sailed along the Hudson on leaving New York (not for real, of course)

The sound of the tenders being raised back to their derricks

The sound of the ship's tenders trying to get along side in a choppy sea.

The sound of the tugs whistles as we left various ports (especially Le Verdon just a year ago, truly memorable)

Drunken fellow "guests" arriving back to their cabin in the small hours (well perhaps not)

Many more of course, but my all time favourite was on the port side deck aft of the Yacht Club just watching the sea go by when she was under way, wonderfully unforgettable (nothing to do with the wine of course!)

Ah sweet memories

Yacht Club lover

Offline EtruriaGuy

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #8 on: Oct 22, 2009, 07:52 AM »
In the gym or the inside swimming pool you could often hear the gentle rumble of an Atlantic swell followed by the lurching of the ship seconds later.     Was a good core workout while on the cross trainer in the gym!!  :)

Although nothing to do with sound.  I remember sitting on the floor in the gym resting between sets(or sitting pretending to work out) and was suprised at the amount of heat in the floor coming from below.   

Also loved the sound of water as it hit a port hole on the lower decks!!!  :)

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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #9 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:51 PM »
For me it was two main things :

Firstly the gentle creaking and groaning as she was underway - you just don't get this on any other form of transport

Secondly the annoucements from the bridge - it always made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when you heard "good evening ladies and gentleman this is the officer of the watch speaking to you from the bridge"

Also playing New York on the arrival into NYC and Rule Britania on leaving NYC was a lasting 'sound' memory

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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #10 on: Oct 29, 2009, 02:36 PM »

In my cabin on Four Deck Fwd the "washing machine" affect on the portholes.I used to love that.

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Offline pete cain

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #11 on: Oct 29, 2009, 08:36 PM »
The sound of the harp, or celestial strings , playing as you walked aboard from the gangway at Southampton, knowing you really were 'back home' with all the other sounds posted previously to follow....

Offline Chris Frame

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2010, 03:39 PM »
This topic brings back a flood of memories!!
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Offline Twynkle

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2010, 04:17 PM »
On the Bit Beneath the Bridge
As we came into port - people, sometimes as many as 4 deep, spoke in hushed voices - out of respect.....
On breezy days at sea - there was a happy sort of 'nearly-shouting'
On windy days - there was just the sound of the waves breaking, and the wind. Wonderful!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Rod

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #14 on: Oct 16, 2011, 12:34 AM »
For me. That sound in the middle of the night.....when there was no sound! Then about 10 seconds later...the whoooooo, whoooo, whoooo mof the Engineers alarm!

Offline Bob C.

QE2 Sounds
« Reply #15 on: Jan 10, 2012, 04:20 AM »
The QSF has done a fabulous job of pleasing the visual senses with QE2 history and memories but what about the aural senses?  Does anyone have any sound clips other than her whistles?  Is there a way to upload sound files?  Sounds like the noise of the ocean on the lower decks, the sound in the passageways, elevators (lifts), restaurant sounds, cabin creeking, announcements and so on. 

Hopefully we can get a few and perhaps create a QE2 soundboard.

Offline Twynkle

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #16 on: Feb 24, 2012, 09:13 PM »
For me. That sound in the middle of the night.....when there was no sound! Then about 10 seconds later...the whoooooo, whoooo, whoooo mof the Engineers alarm!

This is Interesting, Rod!
No sounds - sounds ominous
Where were you...?
What next? Can hardly wait...? Pleeese! :)

QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Rod

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #17 on: Feb 25, 2012, 12:02 AM »
It happened more often as a steamship.
The ships electrical system, if for some reason they had reduced power would "shed load" to try and keep things going. Say if we lost a generator. A/C was first to go and that was a LOT of the background noise you never noticed until it was not there.
If you spent a lot of time on the ship you got used to the noises and would come alert if they stopped. My wife did the same when she travelled. If the situation could not be contained, for whatever reason, then the Senior Engineer on watch would sound the alarm in the sports deck accom. My wife learned after the first time not to stick her head out the cabin door if the alarm was sounding. She would either get it hit by a running body...." Sorry Deb" or she might see something she didnt really want to.
I will add. The Engineer alarm was for Engineers ONLY, and only sounded on sports deck. It happened sometimes that it would spread but that was a Bridge call. Like the big fire.

Offline Rod

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #18 on: Feb 25, 2012, 12:06 AM »
Another sound that pax would never get....The sound of wire coat hangers as the ship rolled from side to side.
Officers laundry was delivered on coat hangers. Each week about 5 new ones. People were too lazy to get rid of them.
When the ship rolled you would get that annoying tinkle of about 50 coat hangers rolling from 1 side to another.
Little things, little things!

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #19 on: Feb 25, 2012, 12:57 AM »
Those sounds! I can almost hear them as you write, and can imagine noticing the absence of one of them.

Thank you for those (very vivid) memories  :D .

Offline Rod

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #20 on: Feb 25, 2012, 01:11 AM »
Those sounds! I can almost hear them as you write, and can imagine noticing the absence of one of them.

Thank you for those (very vivid) memories  :D .

Isabelle, you dont understand!
It is my pleasure to relate them to people that can UNDERSTAND them. My wife knows, but if you havent sailed...you dont get it.
The same as most people will not get the appreciation and love that some people have for THE ship. I consider my self fortunate both as a person and as an Engineer that I spent so long on QE2 and learned so much, not just in Engineering but in how to handle people etc. I have been fortunate to meet many GREAT people, some of them on this forum. I have also been fortunate to meet many famous people. Gueaas which ones I enjoyed most?
The QE2, basically was an institution  which gathered either fans or haters. There seemed to be no middle of the road amongst either pax or crew.

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #21 on: Feb 25, 2012, 01:43 AM »
I'll tell you one sound on QE2 that I hated... 

The slot machines.   :o

One could clearly hear them even in the Chartroom, a deck below, let alone just about everywhere on Upper Deck.
I always was of the opinion that this sound cheapened the ambience in the elegant Chart Room, and wondered why the machines weren't somehow muted a bit.

Offline QE2 Canuck

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #22 on: Feb 25, 2012, 05:23 AM »

Ah.... yes... the sound of the slot machines in the casino.... I don't know whether or not I liked that sound but now when I am in a casino and I hear that sound... it immediately takes me back to the first time I heard them on my first TA voyage on QE2 and sometimes brings a tear to my eye.

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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #23 on: Feb 25, 2012, 06:48 AM »
I'm probably repeating sounds others have listed, but I agree, the sound of the water sloshing past/against the hull while in our 4 Deck cabin (we experienced a few "washing machines" out of our port hole", going down and forward on 5 Deck and hearing the muffled thrump, thrump, thrump, (almost type writer like) sound of the engines (and it smelled like fuel down there).  The rumble of the screws towards the rear of the ship, the crunching/groaning noise as the Denny Brown's were doing their best to keep the ship from pitching and rolling too much (we had some rough seas). 

There were some nice creaking and subtle rattling noises throughout the ship and around our cabin which added to the rhythm that helped us sleep.  When we first entered our cabin and were enjoying our champagne, I also heard a noise that came from deep in the ship, which I can only describe as "electric" hum that I only heard when the ship was in port, as were leaving Southampton, and when we were crawling up the Hudson, I would guess those were the Electric Motors on their low speed (72 rpm) setting?  The water hissing past the hull while looking over the side, the wind, and that Whistle, who could forget that whistle.  Most of the sounds I remember had to do with the ship herself, I don't really recall clinking glasses etc. my mind was elsewhere I suppose...

Offline Twynkle

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #24 on: Mar 23, 2012, 07:41 PM »
I'll tell you one sound on QE2 that I hated... 

The slot machines.   :o

One could clearly hear them even in the Chartroom, a deck below, let alone just about everywhere on Upper Deck.
I always was of the opinion that this sound cheapened the ambience in the elegant Chart Room, and wondered why the machines weren't somehow muted a bit.

Yes - we noticed this too.
Does anyone remember when these fiendishly noisy machines were introduced?
I'd always imagined that QE2's Casino would be a modern reproduction of the rather more elegant and sedate rooms in Monaco. Men often with big cigars in black Dinner Jackets, with women in colourful long ballgowns....
In the Casino - there was more fun happening, although the seriousness of making money was still important - the 'tone' of it seemed to be, dare I say (?!) 'made a little tacky' with the inclusion of slots...
(sorry - as maybe this is a bit off topic...)
« Last Edit: Mar 23, 2012, 07:46 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #25 on: Mar 23, 2012, 08:07 PM »
For what its worth, slot machines can and do bring in a serious amount of money.
now we go of topic ???

The best advice l was given was in Vegas, when playing the slots was to find a machine that hadnt paid out, put in a $20 and go for the maximum bet..and you know this, more often than not it paid, then the secret was to walk away..or find another one. My six days in the Venetian where my winnings were over $1000. Only really lost on the last night. But hey the drinks only cost me a $1. l love the place.. 
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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #26 on: Mar 23, 2012, 08:29 PM »
I also heard a noise that came from deep in the ship, which I can only describe as "electric" hum that I only heard when the ship was in port, as were leaving Southampton, and when we were crawling up the Hudson, I would guess those were the Electric Motors on their low speed (72 rpm) setting?

Rod please step forward. 

There were layers of sounds you heard in your cabin. The corridor sounds, and yes the door latches, announcements in the corridor and missing them because you weren't quick enough to get there in time, bells for fire doors closing, and of course the gorgeous engine sounds, different, of course at different speeds.

But yes these was a unique sound, as described above, continuous and not just in port.  What was this Rod?

Offline peter ward

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #27 on: Mar 23, 2012, 11:57 PM »
I hated the sound of the forward anchor being dropped as I lived four deck forward directly below the anchor locker and as the ship usually anchored off around 5 am then it was a rude awakening...sounded like a freight train two inches from your head !
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Offline highlander0108

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #28 on: Mar 24, 2012, 12:49 AM »
I know this is crazy, but in addition to all the other sounds pointed out, I still vividly remember the sound of the kitchen ventilation  while on the forward observation deck, especially in the morning when it could be combined with the smell of bacon!  Another sound that I loved hearing was the voice of the elevator announcing the decks in the British accent, reminding me everytime we were onboard a British ship.  I'll also never forget how our cabin literally came alive when we encountered some heavy seas on our last too trips.  Somewhere I recorded those glorious creaks, which gave me the impression that the ship felt like a living soul with many miles under her keel.  Oh too go back in time....
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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #29 on: Mar 24, 2012, 01:01 AM »
Rod please step forward. 

There were layers of sounds you heard in your cabin. The corridor sounds, and yes the door latches, announcements in the corridor and missing them because you weren't quick enough to get there in time, bells for fire doors closing, and of course the gorgeous engine sounds, different, of course at different speeds.

But yes these was a unique sound, as described above, continuous and not just in port.  What was this Rod?

Basically...air conditioning! Thats why when it stopped, the silence became foreign. The "UH-OH" moment! Most Crew members would notice it..except in a noisy place, it would wake some people up, then usually about 2 mins later...the Engineer alarm!

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #30 on: Mar 24, 2012, 01:36 AM »
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Another sound that I loved hearing was the voice of the elevator announcing the decks in the British accent, reminding me everytime we were onboard a British ship.

"Boat Deck.  Lift... going down."
what a pretty voice the Lift Matron has. 

I loved that.  I have a video somewhere from inside the "A" lift, but I can't find it.   :'(

There is some good 5-deck cabin ambient sound, including the noon whistle and the tv in the background, here:

and all the sounds of being at sea:

Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #31 on: Mar 24, 2012, 08:52 AM »
Thanks Kyle for posting these two videos.  I so enjoyed my walk around deck this morning watching the sea and listening to the sounds.  Brings back lots of memories. 

I remember late at night as you were ready to sleep there was a rhythmic sound, almost like someone walking along the corridor with flip flops on their feet.  My husband always joked it was the QE2 ghost.  I never found out what made the sound but if it was a ghost I am sure it was a friendly one. 
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #32 on: Mar 24, 2012, 09:49 AM »
Here is the lady of the E lift :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2976368178/

As this is a Flickr video, I don't think there is a way of embedding it here -- but if you open it on its Flickr page, you may also enjoy the comments there!

The lady is still living in the QE2 lifts -- Rob found her there, fit and well, last year.

I wonder who she is / was? Will we ever know?

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #33 on: Mar 24, 2012, 10:34 AM »
Well now, that was just lovely Isabelle.

The Lady in the Lift just may be my favorite QE2 sound, well.... second, behind her horn.   ;)

Offline highlander0108

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #34 on: Mar 24, 2012, 04:56 PM »
Thanks for finding this Isabelle and I have to agree with Kyle here.  The Tyfon's are my most favorite sound followed right by the Lift Lady.  I wonder if we can track down the actual person.  I assume that the lifts were upgraded over time so this probably was not an original feature correct?
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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #35 on: Mar 24, 2012, 08:51 PM »
Ok its not a sound on QE2, but on a ship visit, l was introduced to the voice of Cunard..She who is the posh voice on the phone.. l was quite tickled. For the life of me l cant remember which ship we were on. 
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #36 on: Mar 12, 2019, 05:17 PM »
Also, I will never forget the "at sea" sounds in these cabins, including those when sitting in the porthole space of the waves hitting the ship and her wobble and vibration when that happened and the sound of the machinery humming away contently, not to mention the bow thruster and anchor noises at times including as a wake up call! All part of QE2's charm  :)

That is a great sound to recall for us, Thomas! I used to love sitting by the porthole, feeling the vibrations, watching the sea and listening to the waves.

And in my 5 Deck cabin, right beside the Engine Room entrance, I heard all the machinery sounds as well -- it was a wonderful cabin!

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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #37 on: Mar 12, 2019, 07:24 PM »
That is a great sound to recall for us, Thomas! I used to love sitting by the porthole, feeling the vibrations, watching the sea and listening to the waves.

And in my 5 Deck cabin, right beside the Engine Room entrance, I heard all the machinery sounds as well -- it was a wonderful cabin!

I'll never forget the throbbing of the diesels amidships, particularly on Five Deck, and the warmth from the funnel uptake there too. One could hear the auxiliary machinery and the diesels when putting one's ear to the amidships panelling that had the funnel uptake on the other side.

Also, I have wondered recently, having watched Waverley's videos on Flickr, what caused the loud machinery noises at the top of A Stairway (Boat Deck) that I remember well (a kind of whooshing sound) - it can't have been the funnel uptake as it was a bit further aft. This noise and warmth from machinery was also present on the long staircase up to the Nursery which makes me wonder if it was the ventilation and A/C systems that occupied the space behind the bridge on the starboard side and not to mention the signal mast being a vent itself. Maybe more and more machinery was packed into this area over the decades, maybe between the upper decks (Boat, Sun and Signal Decks) in tween deck space?
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Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #38 on: Mar 13, 2019, 11:48 AM »
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Ah.... yes... the sound of the slot machines in the casino....
Those noisy machines were introduced in the Hamburg refit 1990. The original Bally slots apart from crunching and whirring would only ring a bell on jackpots. The IGT machines that replaced them played a constant warbling tune on each play, this companies machines changed the sound of Casinos everywhere as all the machines being played together creates a constant background noise.

Personally my favorite QE2 sound was when leaving port they would raise the electric motor revs for cruising speed....sounded like the Starship Enterprise going to warp speed! That would be followed by a satifying roar as the propeller pitch was adjusted as the ship accelerated, sounded great from my cabin on 5 deck aft....5242.

BTW, the foghorn was one of the best ever!!!!!!

Offline Andy Holloway

Re: All The Sounds aboard QE2
« Reply #39 on: Mar 13, 2019, 11:53 PM »
The snoring from the Hotel Officer's cabin next door, only eased when his girlfriend stayed the night!!