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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #280 on: Mar 29, 2018, 10:06 AM »
And she's back on the water, where she belongs


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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #281 on: Mar 29, 2018, 01:07 PM »
AIDAstella is also in Port Rashid (wish I'd known earlier then I would've screenshotted QE2's tow back to her permanent berth from AIDAstella's webcam). The weather in Dubai sure is better than here in Bournemouth as I type this  ;) .
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #282 on: Mar 29, 2018, 01:11 PM »
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #283 on: Mar 29, 2018, 01:24 PM »

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Excellent, lovely to see. Running out of positives to say for that particular photo. She's in good hands (although I personally haven't doubted that in recent months/last year or so).
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #284 on: Mar 29, 2018, 01:44 PM »
She looks splendid and shiny. Well done!  :)

Nice that she had a lovely welcome party from the Navigators.

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #285 on: Mar 29, 2018, 02:05 PM »
Fantastic photo. 

Thank-you to the Navigators for giving a special welcome to QE2. 
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #286 on: Mar 29, 2018, 02:12 PM »
I quite like the logo on her side - jury is still out regarding the stern however it is their ship and to be honest they haven't changed that much exterior wise and the paint job is spot on.

Good to see new news on a daily basis just now!!

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #287 on: Mar 29, 2018, 03:37 PM »
This is fab news and I cannot believe it's finally happening!

When I think back to the uncertainty of 2013 and how distressing it all was... it's just a lovely start to a new chapter of her life now! And even better that we can all visit and stay on her for the years to come!

Well done to all involved in her restoration and thank you to all the members on here that have provided updates and photos, it's really made the transformation more personal and exciting  :)


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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #288 on: Mar 29, 2018, 04:50 PM »
Got to say that there have been some unexpected ,stunning photos recently, QE2 hotel is looking good, I don't remember a shine like that ever , maybe special paint to repel sand, it's not news on here that I have objected to the removal of stuff & the like, but do hope that the very belated attention & cash injection that the QE2 hotel has recieved, pays off  & it's around long after I'm gone..
 There seems to be a vertical line running from below the prom deck to the dark hull colour, any ideas?

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #289 on: Mar 29, 2018, 04:58 PM »
Got to say that there have been some unexpected ,stunning photos recently, QE2 hotel is looking good, I don't remember a shine like that ever , maybe special paint to repel sand, it's not news on here that I have objected to the removal of stuff & the like, but do hope that the very belated attention & cash injection that the QE2 hotel has recieved, pays off  & it's around long after I'm gone..
 There seems to be a vertical line running from below the prom deck to the dark hull colour, any ideas?

I noticed the vertical line too, it looks like some kind of pipe. She's definitely looking a lot better than she has for a while now!
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #290 on: Mar 29, 2018, 05:28 PM »
Anyone else recall Robbie and Michael in the Midships Bar with Bob Arnott until the early hours....

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #291 on: Mar 29, 2018, 06:36 PM »
It is so great to see our beloved QE2 looking so good.  May she enjoy a splendid future of the kind she so richly deserves !  Many thanks to those taking such good care of her !   :)
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #292 on: Mar 29, 2018, 06:55 PM »
She's looking fabulous and relatively unchanged from her sea-going appearance, now keen to get behind her and support her by visiting in May, now hurry up Guys and get her open! 😁👍

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #293 on: Mar 29, 2018, 07:27 PM »
For the earlier discussion on the hull color.. this picture shows her during her blue period.
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=3249
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #294 on: Mar 29, 2018, 10:47 PM »
For the earlier discussion on the hull color.. this picture shows her blue hull.
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=3249

I remember reading about that Greenpeace incident years ago (well over 10 years ago in David F Hutching's excellent QE2 book) when learning more about QE2. Thank you for reminding me!  :)
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #295 on: Mar 30, 2018, 12:07 AM »
Here's a time lapse video of QE2's final voyage...


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« Reply #296 on: Mar 30, 2018, 11:50 AM »
Just for a split second . . . .

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #297 on: Mar 30, 2018, 01:36 PM »
Its been confirmed that the ship is now Royal Blue, not Federal Grey.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #298 on: Mar 30, 2018, 04:10 PM »
Its been confirmed that the ship is now Royal Blue, not Federal Grey.

At least it's a colour very similar to the Midnight Blue so has a connection with her, sad to see Federal Grey go though. Having said that she looks excellent, not looked so good in many years!
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #299 on: Mar 31, 2018, 12:47 PM »
Dear all,

in today's print edition of "Kreiszeitung Wesermarsch", a local newspaper of north-western germany there is an article about the current conversion of QE2. The "QE2 Story" and the "very active discussion" here about the dry docking is positively mentioned as well. An old picture of QE2 in drydock at Bremerhaven is shown.

As I don't think it is allowed to post a screenshot and the article can only be found in the print edition there is nothing to show, sorry.

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #300 on: Mar 31, 2018, 01:24 PM »
Thank you for this news, Stephan, and also for the summary and the mention of the QE2Story -- that is good to hear.

What a pity that there is no online edition to refer to -- I would have loved to have seen that.

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #301 on: Mar 31, 2018, 10:47 PM »
Thank you very much, Stephan, for letting us know about the article.  :)
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #302 on: Apr 01, 2018, 01:39 AM »
Hi Stephen,
Thank you for telling us about the article!

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #303 on: Apr 01, 2018, 11:03 PM »
Thank you all for keeping the QE2 alive. I saw the change from ship to hotel in Long Beach on the Queen Mary. I saw the sailing the Atlantic while I was on the MS Stocholm. It was a wonderful sight to seeing her sailing by. The QE2 will also be GREAT to have a new life which you worked hard for!!

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« Reply #304 on: Apr 02, 2018, 01:04 AM »
Hi Joann!
Thank you for the kind message!  :)

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #306 on: Jun 14, 2018, 07:18 AM »
And here is the expected official video of the drydocking...with some lovely time-lapse footage and onboard footage whilst under tow (I have seen different onboard videos from the tows to and from the drydock but cannot make them public unfortunately). It almost looks as if she was having tug assistance prior to heading off to sea again after just another port visit...those were the days.


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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #307 on: Jun 14, 2018, 08:56 AM »
Unfortunately Instagram cuts off the full length of the video due to having a limit of one minute for videos. The full video is available on her official (and public) Facebook page.

One can also see the one remaining foredeck crane (from 1992 onwards) being relocated (very briefly in one of the time-lapse scenes and by a drydock crane) from it's previously normal port side position to the opposite position, reusing the stump of the original-from-build starboard side crane (as removed in 1986/7) but now leaving a stump on the port side instead. It is good to see it will be reused given her starboard side is alongside now.

I can't tell, however, if the steel letters that made up "Southampton" have been removed and painted over as the outline of some of the letters appears to be visible but without the embossed type effect produced by the steel letters going over the hull at that point. Would be interesting to confirm either way.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #308 on: Dec 29, 2019, 11:24 AM »
George C Griffiths had reminded me of the video Thomas, so I thought I would post the link he gave me just as a wee reminder.

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