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QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« on: May 09, 2016, 04:43 AM »
Its now 9 Months that QE2 left the Dubai Dry Docks and was moved to Port Rashid,a lot has happened to QE2 in the last Months,contrary to her 2 years at the dry docks were nothing happened,therefore it is the ideal time to sort out a kind of timeline to make it easier to know what is going on.An further updates will be added here.

QE2 was moved from the Dubai Dry Docks on the 12th August 2015,below shows the ship 3 days later at her new berth in Port Rashid
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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2016, 04:49 AM »
For the last 2 weeks of August QE2 was just a lonely ghost ship with no lights and no soul around

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 04:53 AM »
September 2015

For the first days of this Month nothing was happening on or around the ship.Apart from the 2 security guard QE2 was a ghost ship.
Into the second week more and more movement was seen as workers around 32 of me boarded the ship to clean it and do some paint work.Most work was only confined to One and Two Decks.Bits by bits QE2 was getting attention again.


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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2016, 04:55 AM »
During this September Month I did manage to make contact with someone onboard,the first onboard photo since years was sent to me on the 15th September 2015

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2016, 05:04 AM »
First onboard photos taken between the 22nd and 26th September 2015

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 09:21 AM »
29th September 2015 equipment arrived on the dockside to clean down the ships hull.Work started on the following day.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 09:35 AM »
On the evening of the 29th September,part from the Boat had its LED Lights switched on for the first time

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2016, 09:51 AM »

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016, 10:03 AM »
During the first days of October Captain Sergey rejoined QE2.Work onboard has been going on One and Two Deck mostly clean,painting,electric and plumbing.The Captain is staying in the Captains Cabin and this the only room onboard with power direct from Dubai Electricity company.Shore side generator supplis power only at present to One Deck and Two Deck plus a few LED string lights placed a bit around the ship


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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016, 01:29 PM »
This is not good viewing Louis, it needs to be acknowleged though as part of her story, she's been trashed (I think) she's a dead ship, these videos are reminiscent of many available of USS United States, so sad.
 I only hope the smattering of people working on her at the moment can perhaps arrest some of the obvious decay, thankyou for posting..

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2016, 01:39 PM »
Below is some photos from onboard taken in October 2015,conditions onboard was not easy with most of the ship in black out and the extreme heat inside.On one evening temperature reache the 47 degrees.Some parts of the ship was blocked of so he could not get everywhere.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2016, 01:44 PM »
16th November 2015 a last minute planned move today for QE2 was canceled due to the lack of tugs,one did come into position.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2016, 01:47 PM »
17th November 2015 QE2 yet again on the move,this time she was towed to Berth 10 at the Old Cruise Terminal 1

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2016, 01:48 PM »
17th November 2015 late afternoon QE2 at her new position,Berth 10

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2016, 01:52 PM »
After her move again within Port Rashid workers were back onboard carry on with work,below is 2 photos one taken on the 23rd November 2015 showing QE2 still all blacked out at night the other was taken at daylight a day earlier
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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2016, 02:36 PM »
Thanks very much, Louis, for setting up this timeline of our beloved QE2 since her move out of Dry Docks World.  It is good to know that she has her Captain back aboard.  Please continue to add to it as you receive material.  We can only hope that QE2 finally gets the care and respect she so richly deserves.
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2016, 10:57 PM »
Thank you to you, Louis, as well as to all the contacts that you have requested to send these images.
It's very difficult to look at many of them - progressively now - they hold so little hope for QE2.
Am I the only one who scans now with dread - and more dread even, for her?

To think that the only power there is for the 'bling' external lighting that the once great ship QE2 was never ever meant to display;
it seems uncertain whether to smile at the thought that it confirms that she exists (albeit as a representation of her former self)
or whether to weep - so sad does she look.

To keep QE2 well in mind - it seems more important now to think of how she was built, how she was home to so many of her crew,
and of course of the reminders to those of us who knew her as her passengers.
I found these today - hopefully they, like all the other photos will last as great reminders - perhaps for ever!
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,6526.msg79163.html#msg79163


 

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2016, 03:35 AM »
15th December 2015 The LED lights run now along the whole Boat Deck

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2016, 03:40 AM »
22nd December 2015 For the first time in years her funnel spotlight is on again

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2016, 07:51 AM »
23rd December 2015 QE2 now with overheard lighting

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2016, 08:41 AM »
1st January 2016 as the new year was in party mood below was the first photo taken this year

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2016, 08:50 AM »
During the Month of January workers were still carry on working,the ship is a tight security zone so it is hard to get out anything.At night here overheard lights are still on.Her interiors lights have different sequences every night sometimes a few one,other times more and sometimes all black.
Below is a photo taken on the night of the 21st,this night was the night with the most interior lights on.

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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2016, 08:52 AM »
Below is a few photos taken during January

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2016, 11:18 AM »
During the Month February 2016 work onboard still in progress,on her exterior the most notable thing was the Funnel got a new fresh coat of paint.

Below some photos taken during this Month
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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2016, 06:08 AM »
Many thanks for on-going photos.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2016, 08:10 AM »
For March 2016 not much information on whats going,workers as usual arrive in the morning and leave later afternoon.On her exterior no visible signs of anything,below a selection of photos from this Month.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2016, 08:12 AM »
28th March 2016 signs of something happening on her exterior with some lifeboats been lowered

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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2016, 08:18 AM »
31th March 2016 more lifeboats lowered

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2016, 08:19 AM »
4th April 2016 for some reason QE2 was moved up a bit

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2016, 06:32 AM »
14th April 2016 A crane was mounted next to ship some stuff was removed,the crane was only 2 days in place

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2016, 06:33 AM »
On this photo taken on the 26th April 2016 you can cleary see that apart from Lifeboats 1 and 3 all others are lowered onto the dockside

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2016, 06:34 AM »
Here 2 photo taken during the Month of April 2016

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« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2016, 10:47 AM »
10th May 2016
Just over a Month ago apart from Lifeboats 1 and 3 all other Lifeboats on the Staboardside were lowered onto the dockside.Today those Lifeboats were lifted onto to trucks and moved to area on the other side of the old Cruise Terminal Building which is about 130 meters from the ship.

Photos were sent to me but to safeguard my contact for now I cant make them public.

Thanks for the latest news, Louis.  Looks like we need to wait and see what happens next.
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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2016, 01:31 PM »
Thanks, Louis, for the information.  If only those working on QE2 in Dubai would give us a periodic update on the work being done.  Wishful thinking, I guess.  Thank your contact for the photo and info. 
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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2016, 06:28 PM »
Very surprised that such a impotant thread has so little comments :(

I think we are sitting here with bated breath waiting for the story to arrive at today's date...

Louis, this is an excellent thread in which you have pulled together what we have already seen separately before, so that it is tidy and chronological and ready to be looked at and studied way into the future. It is good to see these developments practically day by day, and your comments and highlights are very helpful to understanding the pictures. It is the background that remains mysterious... but meanwhile the pictures sent by your contacts are so valuable, as are your own comments.

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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2016, 08:57 AM »
This is the only news of her so keep it coming please!

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« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2016, 09:35 AM »
This is the only news of her so keep it coming please!

I agree with Bruce.

Louis has done a lot of work to make contacts in Dubai that have given him picture of QE2, which he has posted in Photos from Dubai 2016 topic https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,7104.msg76913.html#msg76913

He has then taken time to list the photos in date order on this topic, so that we have a record in chronological order since August last year. We have no way of knowing exactly what work is being done on the ship or the plans for her, but the fact that she has been moved to a dock where she can be seen and there are workmen on the ship, can only give us some hope. 
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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2016, 11:07 AM »
Very surprised that such a impotant thread has so little comments :(
I'm waiting till the end to comment on the whole story!  Lots of our members only visit once a week or so.

It would be good if you did a monthly summary on this topic, a review of the past month, in addition to the day by day and breaking news topic.

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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2016, 12:18 AM »
It really is very sad to see her beautiful interiors looking so filthy... She looks a far cry from the QE2 that Rob documented back in 2011.


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« Reply #39 on: May 28, 2016, 10:52 PM »
This discussion has taken us somehow on a tangent away from the great illustrated timeline created by Louis of happenings on board and around QE2 from August 2015 to now.

Louis, we were not trying to take over your thread. It may be best to move all this discussion to a separate thread so that you can continue your timeline uninterrupted by general comments.

Looking forward to seeing more pictures and notes about how it all continued :) .

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #40 on: Aug 30, 2016, 12:59 PM »
This discussion has taken us somehow on a tangent away from the great illustrated timeline created by Louis of happenings on board and around QE2 from August 2015 to now.

Louis, we were not trying to take over your thread. It may be best to move all this discussion to a separate thread so that you can continue your timeline uninterrupted by general comments.

Looking forward to seeing more pictures and notes about how it all continued :) .

Yes please remove all the posts so we can get back to the topic

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« Reply #41 on: Aug 31, 2016, 09:35 AM »
This discussion has taken us somehow on a tangent away from the great illustrated timeline created by Louis of happenings on board and around QE2 from August 2015 to now.

Louis, we were not trying to take over your thread. It may be best to move all this discussion to a separate thread so that you can continue your timeline uninterrupted by general comments.

Looking forward to seeing more pictures and notes about how it all continued :) .

Topic tidied and ready for more picture and information that form a timeline of the QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #42 on: Sep 01, 2016, 07:50 AM »
May 2016

During this Month apart from the work going on inside the portside lifeboats that were in water for almost weeks were removed.On the first photo was the last day with all lifeboats nearby,the second was the following day with only too left and the thrid was the same day now with all lifeboats gone.

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ?
« Reply #43 on: Jul 12, 2017, 05:09 PM »
Since my post here last on her exterior not much has happened apart from the lifeboats and davits removal.
On the inside is where the major work is going on.

Here are some photos from this year so far

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Re: QE2 Conversion August 2015 to ? (July Update)
« Reply #44 on: Jul 13, 2017, 11:43 AM »
A update to QE2 over the last few days the movement around QE2 with cars and people
are way more than that on a normal day.Not only workers going onboard but "visitors" too

A construction of elevator shaft near QE2 on the outside which will take future guests directly
up to the Midships Lobby will start soon.

 

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