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Offline David Templar

Get together in soton or liverpool
« on: Jan 24, 2015, 12:08 PM »
hi I was hoping there would be something arranged for 175th anniversary I'm not on the ships sadly but be in soton 3rd and 4th may and liverpool 23rd-25th may if anyone has ideas please
Let me know. Dave

Offline tdickson

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #1 on: Jan 24, 2015, 08:36 PM »
I will be in both Southampton & Liverpool on the dates mentioned (on board QM2 ) for the arrival into Liverpool. I think a get together in Liverpool on the 24th would be a great idea, however the city are expecting crowds of in excess of a million, so it may be a little difficult, saying that, I am meeting friends & family at the Pumphouse Pub in Albert Dock at about Noon if any forum members fancy a drink(Outside Weather Permitting)See you THERE 

Offline Roy Warrender

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2015, 09:11 PM »
hi david keep me informed

Offline David Templar

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2015, 08:51 AM »
Great stuff meet up there sounds great yesi understand there will be huge crowds hope to see you there qm2 sounds lovely

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Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #4 on: Jan 28, 2015, 09:39 AM »
Just a note based on last year, the pumphouse looked nice but was absolutely heaving, mostly with stag nights. We couldn't get near it. And that was just a normal Saturday before QV arrived!
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Offline David Templar

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #5 on: Jan 28, 2015, 07:07 PM »
Ok if you're a better idea let me know

Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #6 on: Jan 28, 2015, 11:20 PM »
Might end up in Liverpool to dry-dock Lone Gerd about May. Be good If we managed to coincide with this weekend.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #7 on: Jan 29, 2015, 12:34 AM »
Might end up in Liverpool to dry-dock Lone Gerd about May. Be good If we managed to coincide with this weekend.
Sounds absolutely Great!
Would it need to be dry-dock? She might enjoy being near top the Mersey Bar Lightship!
It always seems there's parking space in the Albert Dock, close to Tate Liverpool.
Although there will be hundreds and thousands there - security wise, you might prefer to be a distance away from the possibly madding crowd.
We'll be there too!
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Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #8 on: Jan 29, 2015, 08:33 AM »
Not actually dry dock but a lift out on to hard standing for new anodes and antifoul. Liverpool has a 60 ton boat lift so theoretical y they can lift our 56 tons.

Offline Paul Moran

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #9 on: Feb 16, 2015, 05:46 PM »
Not sure if I'm reading the itinery correctly for this event but from what I gather  the three ships will only be together for a matter of hours ,if this is the case there will probably be a lot of uhappy people coming to visit Liverpool on that weekend expecting to see them together all day on the 25th .
                         I do hope I'm wrong on this but what I have so far  is ..

24th   QM2 arrives and berths at cruise terminal .
25th   QE    arrives
25th   Qv    arrives
25th              3 ships line up mid river to perform some manoeuvres

25th      QM2  DEPARTS  MID MORNING   ?   
25th      QE      berths at cruise terminal  QV stays mid river
25th      QE    departs late evening   QV moves to Cruise terminal
26th      QV    departs

So by my reckoning  Late morning would be 11.59 am at the latest ,if QE and QV arrived @ 6am it would only be 3 together for 6 hours Max . somehow I can't see the expected million spectators being able to take advantage of seeing the 3 ships together in such a short timescale ..

somebody please tell me I have this all wrong .. :(

Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #10 on: Feb 16, 2015, 07:00 PM »
Timings will be released shortly but it has always been the case the three ships would be together for a few hours.

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Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #11 on: Feb 16, 2015, 07:18 PM »
As I understand it, there's only room to berth 1 of them at a time in Liverpool, so its pretty amazing they're getting 3 there at once at all!  The manoeuvre in the river is going to be an amazing feat of logistics "a world first" - the biggest ship ever to visit the Mersey, along with not 1 but 2 other very large cruise ships!

Hopefully Liverpool's media outlets and the tourist people etc. will be clear about what is happening when in all their publicity material.  They'll need to be, to deal with the huge crowds.  The crowds were big enough last May when it was just QV there!
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Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #12 on: Feb 16, 2015, 07:22 PM »
It's going to be one of the greatest maritime sights in history. And their movements will be something else...

Offline Paul Moran

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #13 on: Feb 16, 2015, 10:00 PM »
Timings will be released shortly but it has always been the case the three ships would be together for a few hours.

Lets hope the local press and other media  make this clear to the 'normal' public nearer the time ,I can see a lot of upset people otherwise . :)

Offline Roy Warrender

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #14 on: Feb 16, 2015, 10:53 PM »
Hi
I saw it reported that Liverpool VTS has been using a simulator to plan how to maneuver the ships safely
in the restricted waters
Will The "qe2 story" be represented during either event
I have taken the liberty of e-mailing a letter to the editors of both of the local papers showing my concern
about the future of the QE2, it will be interesting,  if any one in Southampton or Liverpool knows if they
were published

Offline tdickson

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #15 on: Feb 16, 2015, 11:32 PM »
Even though I/We are really looking forward to being on-board for such a historic day, I too am a little disappointed with the timings of our arrival & departure, firstly QM2 is now, due to tidal restrictions arriving into Liverpool in the early hours (time not stated) but probably in the dark, plus I was hoping to arrange a helicopter fly over (for Photos) whilst all 3 Queens are in the River together, but can't as we sail before noon to meet QV/QE in the river, I'm led to believe. 
Any information on timings would be greatly appreciated

Offline Roy Warrender

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #16 on: Feb 17, 2015, 08:53 AM »
Hi i believe that during the visit the airspace over the port is to be restricted to officeal flights only

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Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #17 on: Feb 17, 2015, 10:01 AM »
Hi i believe that during the visit the airspace over the port is to be restricted to officeal flights only
I was going to say that too, the security will be immense I'd imagine, with everything that's not authorised being kept well clear. Cunard will have helicopters up too I'd think to get photos, and the press will want their piece too. And of course this is all happening right in the city centre!

I'm still amazed and delighted that permission was given to do this in these health and safety obsessed times. I'm sometimes called profit of doom by my friends because of where my mind takes me, but imagine if a thruster or pod goes wrong in the middle of the manoeuvre... It is a river after all...
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Offline Paul Moran

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #18 on: Feb 17, 2015, 10:25 AM »
My only fear is that this event may become a victim of it's own success ,last year we had the giants and the city was jam packed to bursting with people coming in from all angles ,if you didn't get on a train or bus at it's departure point you just didn't get there ! .
 
 Us Scousers will go to the opening of a paper bag  !   :) , with the expected influx of visitors to the city as well coming to see what is decribed as a magnificent sight etc I just hope it all goes well over the entire weekend .

Rob , shame it looks like you won't be able to make it , hope plans  change  ;) .

@ Roy Warrender .  Not seen anything in the Liverpool  evening Echo but missed a couple last week , will keep an eye out  :).

Offline Michael Gallagher

Re: Get together in soton or liverpool
« Reply #19 on: Feb 17, 2015, 10:40 AM »
People are stating timings for arrival and departures which are incorrect and haven't been published.

Only two helicopters are allowed to fly at any one time together over the Mersey and we have bagged those slots for filming and photographic purposes.

 

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