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QE2 Dry Docking March 2018 : Propellors to be removed
« Reply #75 on: Mar 19, 2018, 05:20 PM »
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a group of construction workers at Terminal 1 (which has been renamed the QE2 Hotel Terminal), said that she was being dry-docked in order to remove the propellers. QE2’s twin variable pitch propellers will be put on display for guests of the planned QE2 Hotel, the workers said.

https://cruisearabiaonline.com/2018/03/19/qe2-moved-to-dubai-drydocks-propellers-reportedly-to-be-removed/

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #76 on: Mar 19, 2018, 09:24 PM »
Lets remember the props as they used to be... :'(
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #77 on: Mar 19, 2018, 09:29 PM »
Me too, and I'm optimistic and wish them well with this work. I'm just hoping we're not about to see nine diesel engines coming out of her side...

2 weeks is unlikely enough time for something like that besides the other ongoing work. Also Dubai would be unwise to do such a thing for her stability (already sitting higher in the water as it is etc etc) and for her structural integrity in the long term (think Queen Mary).
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #78 on: Mar 19, 2018, 09:43 PM »
Lets remember the props as they used to be... :'(

Her second design of propellers - makes me wonder what her steam era engineers thought of the replacement and scrapping (of some) of her original propellers. Did they feel the way we do now given how integral they were to the ship and what they allowed her to do? Definitely a watershed moment regardless though, but not surprising for a long term static setup.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #79 on: Mar 19, 2018, 09:54 PM »
Right now no plans are in place to remove the propellors but then again it might happen

So what happens in the next few days

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #80 on: Mar 19, 2018, 09:56 PM »
QE2 Day 1 (19th March) at the Dubai Dry Docks

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #81 on: Mar 19, 2018, 10:02 PM »
QE2 Day 1 (19th March) at the Dubai Dry Docks

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #82 on: Mar 19, 2018, 10:03 PM »
QE2 Day 1 (19th March) at the Dubai Dry Docks

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #83 on: Mar 19, 2018, 10:53 PM »
Fantastic photos, amazing. Thanks.

What a shame so much of her is normally hidden from view!

She looks in great shape under the furriness!
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #84 on: Mar 19, 2018, 11:20 PM »
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #85 on: Mar 19, 2018, 11:41 PM »


The bottom photo here reminds me of the beginning of the 1994/5 "QE2 the Last Great Liner" where she's viewed passing down Southampton Water from the Hythe side, the tugs being in very similar positions (such as the tug at the stern for steerage when at low speed, in service). Showing off her grace and sheer in the process yesterday and back then!
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #86 on: Mar 20, 2018, 01:56 AM »
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Me too, and I'm optimistic and wish them well with this work. I'm just hoping we're not about to see nine diesel engines coming out of her side...
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Well lets face it, they are not functional at this point and are worth little more than scrap value.
Remember folks, although we love QE2 she is not as historic as the Queen Mary, an old steam plant has far more museum value than 9 diesel engines....
The space they occupied could be better utilised!!

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #87 on: Mar 20, 2018, 07:09 AM »
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Well lets face it, they are not functional at this point and are worth little more than scrap value.
Remember folks, although we love QE2 she is not as historic as the Queen Mary, an old steam plant has far more museum value than 9 diesel engines....
The space they occupied could be better utilised!!

This night need spun off into the discussion area, but it's not about their historical or financial value, but about leaving the most powerful passenger ship Dubai will ever see, with a power source - a heart.  It also doesn't matter if they're functional or not.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #88 on: Mar 20, 2018, 11:50 AM »
This night need spun off into the discussion area, but it's not about their historical or financial value, but about leaving the most powerful passenger ship Dubai will ever see, with a power source - a heart.  It also doesn't matter if they're functional or not.

I have seen a couple of permanently stationary museum or hotel ships at this stage, and all of them had their engines in situ and enjoyed giving visitors engine room tours. A ship -- even permanently moored -- without its engines would seem very strange indeed.

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #89 on: Mar 20, 2018, 12:01 PM »
Louis has been requested to not post any more photos of the dry docking just now, until the work is completed and we can all see the end result, which he's told is worth waiting for.

By cooperating with her managers in this way, we all hope we can work together in future
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