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Offline Harry C

50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:38 AM »
Our first time on QE2 was just about three and a half months after her maiden voyage on May 2nd in August of 1969. We went on to sail again in 1972, 1974, 1977 and 1979.  Lots of great memories and here's one of my 6 1/2 year old son who looks like he was inspired by QE2 to a nautical career.

The first photo is my son Bob C (another QE2 Story Forum Member) at the Helm for the August 14, 1969 crossing from New York to Southampton.  (That’s me, Harry C, his dad and Yoeman standing by.


The second photo is him 38 years later still doing the same job only the ship was 130 feet longer and 30,000 tons heavier than the 1969 QE2 (USS Nimitz aircraft carrier - he was the Navigator).



 

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Re: 50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 12:50 PM »
Great post and photos! Good to hear from Bob C's father!

I had a similar experience on QE2 to Bob C (as a child passenger) as other forum posts show, but a couple/few generations apart and towards the end of QE2's seagoing life. I was 6 years old on our first voyage in August 2003 and 11 years old by our 6th and last voyage in July 2008. My dream career, inspired by two bridge visits on QE2, is to be a deck/bridge officer someday and people such as Bob C are an inspiration for eventually achieving that goal!


A snippet of my QE2 experiences:


Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr

Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr


Looking forward to reading more of your memories and seeing more photos!

Thomas
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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Re: 50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 09:40 PM »
Welcome aboard, Harry!

That is a great introduction, and I am very much looking forward to reading more of your memories of the early QE2 which / whom many of us would love to have known. What sort of "feel" was there on board, what was the atmosphere like? Did she exude young, fresh, easy-going airs? Were the passengers mostly the young and the trendy?

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Re: 50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2019, 03:21 AM »
Seems to be a timeless tradition.  This photo was taken in cabin 4144 in 1969.  The cabin layout in your photo, Thomas, looks very similar.  Do you recall the cabin number?
« Last Edit: May 07, 2019, 03:24 AM by Bob C. »

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Re: 50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 03:52 PM »
Welcome, Harry, to The QE2 Story Forum and for sharing your memories and photos !  I very much look forward to hearing more and seeing more photos soon !  June   :)
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Re: 50 Years Ago - Our Maiden Voyage
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 09:16 PM »
Seems to be a timeless tradition.  This photo was taken in cabin 4144 in 1969.  The cabin layout in your photo, Thomas, looks very similar.  Do you recall the cabin number?

Hi Bob, sorry for my late reply.

I don't recall the cabin number for our 2005 voyage and haven't been able to find it in documents we have kept.

I do recall that we had cabins on Five, Four, and Three Deck over the years. These are the known cabin numbers:

5054 on our first voyage in 2003.

3010 on our penultimate voyage in 2007 (found out the other day from documents).

3005 on our final voyage in 2008.

Each year besides 2004 as far as I know, my Dad took the porthole photo. We recently discovered a whole collection of photos we had forgotten my Dad took in 2008 including on our bridge visit on that final voyage of ours and I still had my photo taken in the porthole although fitting in was a struggle! I will add those to the relevent topic sometime soon as my Dad has given permission.


Anyway enough about my QE2 porthole photos! Bob, did you have your photo taken in the porthole over the years too? Looking forward to seeing more of your photos and your Dad's photos!
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

 

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