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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

QE2 Doorknobs
« on: Apr 07, 2018, 07:46 AM »
Our knowledgeable friend Rick (a member of the Forum in 2009) wrote this :

Kathy, oh yes, I get that all the time, the whole, "you must love cruise ships"  thing when people come into my home. I know the shudder feeling well.  They just don't get it, therefore I ended up sailing solo on the QE2.  So nice to log on here, where they do get it.  When I shared my QE2 voyage photo album with co-workers, they would say -  "What, you took a pic of, what's this, a cabin doorknob?"    ::)  Oh well......

I was searching for a mention of doorknobs here, because I had just found a number of my own doorknob pictures, which were potential candidates for the current photo competition "Original Features". And to my surprise, they have not yet been mentioned here, except in the quote above by Rick (who had an obsession similar to mine, with little details of the ship). And so, here goes :

Yet another doorknob :)
by Isabelle Prondzynski, on Flickr

Weren't they extraordinarily easy to handle? Such a clever design, even for the small things on the ship...

A QE2 trick
by Isabelle Prondzynski, on Flickr

And our mother discovered a QE2 trick, practised by the cabin crew. They left a tiny snippet of paper on top of the doorknob. If this was still there after a while, the passenger was still in her cabin. If the paper snippet had fallen, chances were that the passenger had headed off to her breakfast.

This is how the doorknob looked as part of the door :

Cabin 5128 door
by Isabelle Prondzynski, on Flickr

That upper keyhole is presumably not original...
« Last Edit: Apr 07, 2018, 10:34 AM by Rob Lightbody »

Online Michael Gallagher

Re: Doorknobs
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2018, 08:23 AM »
As I understand it when QE2 first entered service the cabin doors did not have locks / keys as was the standard practice for ship cabins. A spate of cabin thefts in the early 1970s persuaded Cunard to add locks to each door!

Offline Thomas Hypher

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Re: Doorknobs
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2018, 09:10 AM »
I remember those door handles! Not just used on the cabin doors if I remember correctly (used for the doors of lockers and pantries etc etc). Wonder if any have been retained (like for the pantries) as they still worked and were in good condition (although she may use a key card system now like contemporary cruise ships and land hotels)?
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.

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Doorknobs
« Reply #3 on: Apr 07, 2018, 09:15 AM »
See also a very good topic on QE2 cabin keys and locks
« Last Edit: Apr 07, 2018, 09:17 AM by Lynda Bradford »
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2 Doorknobs
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10, 2018, 05:08 AM »
I loved the way these doorknobs were so easy to grasp and turn. It was an excellent design which I have never seen anywhere but on QE2.

How come that some of them were "gold" while others were "silver"?