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Offline Chris Frame

Final call to Sydney (2008)
« on: Jan 31, 2009, 06:44 AM »
After nearly a year I recently stumbled upon these images of QE2 docking at Garden Island in Sydney - they make for interesting viewing.

http://www.smh.com.au/ftimages/2008/02/24/1203788134997.html

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 2009, 08:46 PM »
A great collection & thanks for sharing them with us Chris
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #2 on: Feb 04, 2009, 04:45 AM »
No worries, I find it quite odd that anyone could be swimming when QE2 was there to look at / photograph / admire  ;)

Offline hollihedge

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #3 on: Feb 04, 2009, 09:54 AM »
Would have loved to have sailed to Sydney on her.  I gather the welcome there was spectacular.
Gill

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #4 on: Feb 05, 2009, 07:15 AM »
This image from the Cunard US Website says it all:


Sydney loved QE2... Sydney loves QM2 and QV too but there was a real special feeling between the city and QE2. The same is for all Australian cities. Australians love the Cunard ships - QE2 was so very at home in Sydney - the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and QE2 - what could be more magnificent?

« Last Edit: Feb 05, 2009, 07:17 AM by Chris »

Offline hollihedge

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #5 on: Feb 05, 2009, 09:04 AM »
Absolutely stunning photos
Gill

Offline Pia

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2009, 12:00 AM »
Thanks for posting these beautiful photos, Chris!  :)

Great to see how popular she was in Australia. When we were on board in September most of the sailaways were final farewells and I thought it was very sad that some cities made no effort to show her how much they appreciated her.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2009, 12:07 AM »
Hi Pia - the same happened to me in September - Mediterranean Sojourn -  we had a few Farewell ports and there wasn't much fuss.

However, in Australia / New Zealand it was amazing.

Auckland (I am told) was abuzz with thousands of well wishers in the city to say a final goodbye.
Sydney came to a standstill.
Melbourne had hundreds standing along the banks at midnight.
Adelaide had people on the banks all day reserving their ideal spot. They cheered as the Queen made her departure.
Albany was a maiden call - the whole town was there ... there were signs in the town saying "Albany welcomes QE2 passengers"!
Fremantle was so amazingly busy (last ever Australian port) that they had signage telling people to "expect long delays due to QE2's final departure" - it was amazing.

It was very touching.

Offline Pia

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2009, 12:13 AM »
Even reading this now is very touching. All of it was what she deserves in my opinion!

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #9 on: Feb 06, 2009, 12:21 AM »
Hey Pia - I notice your tag line about Futility

Check out the Wikipedia article about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futility,_or_the_Wreck_of_the_Titan

Some amazing similarities!!

Offline Pia

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #10 on: Feb 06, 2009, 12:36 AM »
Thanks for the link, Chris, that was interesting reading!

I hadn't heard of the novel until only a few days ago when it turned up in a calendar I was given for Christmas which is about the kind of information you don't normally find, such as Miss Piggy's measurements ( ;D) or the fact that all U.S. presidents have been only children (though whether that is correct about Obama as well I don't know)...

Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #11 on: Feb 06, 2009, 01:56 AM »
or the fact that all U.S. presidents have been only children (though whether that is correct about Obama as well I don't know)...

Isn't George W. Bush brother of Jeb Bush?

Offline Twynkle

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #12 on: Feb 06, 2009, 07:02 AM »
 Pia  (today  "...all US presidents have been only children..."

  John F Kennedy's siblings were Robert F, Edward M and Eunice...
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #13 on: Feb 06, 2009, 08:01 PM »
Hmm, I think what Pia's calendar really meant was that all US Presidents ARE children (can be applied equally to all politicians lol!)
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

Offline Andy F

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #14 on: Feb 06, 2009, 09:20 PM »
Have to say that sailing into/out of Sydney is an experience I would like to do someday. An amazing city for sure.  I did the harbour cruise when there last but somehow it wasn't quite the same lol! 

Great shots btw Chris and thanks for posting
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

Offline Pia

Re: QE2's Final Sydney Arrival
« Reply #15 on: Feb 07, 2009, 01:21 AM »
So it's that kind of calendar!   :o  What about that statement then that two out of five husbands tell their wives daily that they love them?!   ???

Perhaps I don't remember the information about the presidents right, could it be that they only had one child each? I never met any of them to have a chance to count the wellies inside the back door...

Offline Chris Frame

QE2 with QV in Sydney
« Reply #16 on: Feb 15, 2009, 09:45 AM »
I've just posted a video onto You Tube - it's not great quality, but it does show the two ships together in that harbour. It was taken with my Olympus Digital Camera's "Video" function.


Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2 with QV in Sydney
« Reply #17 on: Feb 15, 2009, 10:04 AM »
A few days later, Hobart (Tasmania) said farewell to QE2. The pipe band was a nice touch. Spectators were not allowed on the docks - but later on we were greeted by lots of Yachts and small boats...


Offline Chris Frame

Re: QE2 with QV in Sydney
« Reply #18 on: Feb 15, 2009, 10:14 AM »
Final video for today - QE2's first and only visit to the small town of Albany, in Australia.

The whole town was out to see QE2.


Offline hollihedge

Re: QE2 with QV in Sydney
« Reply #19 on: Feb 15, 2009, 10:47 AM »
Excellent videos Chris - thanks for posting
Gill

 

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