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Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: The Funnel
« Reply #140 on: Apr 07, 2015, 02:43 AM »
The Funnel is by all means my favorite part of the QE2. The funnel makes QE2 more powerful and gives her a unique profile. I can never imagine QE2 without her funnel. Whenever I see someone wear the colors black and red, it always makes me think of her funnel!  ;)
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Offline Lachlan

Re: The Funnel
« Reply #141 on: Nov 13, 2015, 02:24 AM »
If it's of any interest, I came by two plans of QE2's funnel showing in the first one the internal arrangement in the new funnel of exhaust gas flues and in the other the lifting arrangements for the old funnel when it was removed.

I hope they'll attach but they're in PDF form and I'm not sure if that's allowed. I came by these plans when I asked Lloyd Werft if they had any plans from when they re-engine the ship and the helpful response was these two plans and a detailed GA drawing.

The exhaust uptakes certainly fill the available space in the new funnel; it appears to have been quite a feat of engineering that the new funnel wasn't larger than it turned out to be. 

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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #142 on: Nov 13, 2015, 08:31 PM »
Brandon, Heres a few more pics of the famous Funnel...
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: The Funnel
« Reply #143 on: Nov 13, 2015, 10:13 PM »
Wonderful up close pictures of the funnel, Myles!
Thank you for posting them! :)
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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #144 on: Nov 15, 2015, 11:17 PM »
There was a permanent ladder inside the funnel, you could get right to the top where there were numerous outlets not just the boilers. I used to climb up to the lower door at the top of the red section where there was an anchor point for the ships mail aerial that occasionally needed attention. Wonderful view from up there but you had to breathe carefully as it was hot and stank of sulphur.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: The Funnel
« Reply #145 on: Nov 17, 2015, 06:32 PM »
There was a permanent ladder inside the funnel, you could get right to the top where there were numerous outlets not just the boilers. I used to climb up to the lower door at the top of the red section where there was an anchor point for the ships mail aerial that occasionally needed attention. Wonderful view from up there but you had to breathe carefully as it was hot and stank of sulphur.

There is a wonderful thread here, photos and all, from the day Michael Gallagher went all the way up inside the funnel :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1745.0.html

Offline Thomas Hypher

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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #146 on: Aug 03, 2017, 06:07 AM »
About  cleaning and maintaining and servicing inside the pipes of the funnel...

On a calm day - there was a bit of a sooty smell up on the sun / funnel deck,
and at times, it seemed like viewing the sky with yellowy brown tinted sun-specs - the smoke trailing aft, above her wake!!

It must have been really difficult/ impossible to do any work up and down the pipes whilst the engines were running...?!
Chimney sweeping rods wouldn't be long enough - were there 'windows' for access?


Hi Rosie,

Digging up the archives again haha. QE2's funnel didn't need to be manually "chimney swept" as she had exhaust scrubbers or a mechanical system that appeared to use compressed air, that cleaned out all the dirt etc. I recall often hearing the scrubber/cleaning system when out on the aft decks. Unfortunately I have yet to find any video (and therefore audio) of this happening but have found several videos of the aft decks of QE2 while she was at sea on YouTube where one can hear the normal sound of the funnel and other systems. From what I remember the scrubber/cleaning system sounded like compressed air being forced up the exhaust pipes in a sort of whooshing sound that lasted for only a few seconds on each occasion.

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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #147 on: Aug 03, 2017, 10:47 PM »
Is it possible, that some soot could have landed on the aft decks? I know the funnel was designed with this in mind to prevent that from happening but has it ever happened?

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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #148 on: Aug 04, 2017, 12:41 AM »
Is it possible, that some soot could have landed on the aft decks? I know the funnel was designed with this in mind to prevent that from happening but has it ever happened?


Yes, soot and smuts did land on the aft decks as the scoop at the base of the funnel worked according to the prevailing wind direction and the speed of the ship. For example, when she was docked the scoop would be largely ineffective and depending on the wind direction the soot and smuts would end up on the aft decks. This is one of the reasons the crew had to hose down the open decks (particularly those at the stern) at least every morning around dawn. This hosing down happens on many other ships too having witnessed it on QM2 on the aft decks and on the boat deck among other open spaces. In fact I remember seeing soot and smuts on the aft decks of QE2 at times.

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Re: The Funnel
« Reply #149 on: Nov 21, 2017, 07:01 AM »
James Gardner was keen to place an enlarged golden figure of a lion rampant, the Cunard symbol, high up on the white funnel but found little support for the innovation so he would make sure that little golden lions rampant kept turning up on the desks of Cunard executives hoping that sooner or later they would get the idea and let him go ahead with his crowning touch.

Online Twynkle

Re: The Funnel
« Reply #150 on: Nov 21, 2017, 08:36 AM »
James Gardner was keen to place an enlarged golden figure of a lion rampant, the Cunard symbol, high up on the white funnel but found little support for the innovation so he would make sure that little golden lions rampant kept turning up on the desks of Cunard executives hoping that sooner or later they would get the idea and let him go ahead with his crowning touch.

This is interesting - the height of grandeur!
Have you managed to keep a little one?!
Then - I think there maybe /have been one with the ship's name above the 'shelter' on the Sun Deck, just aft of the Bar.. Is this the sort of Lion 'placement' he meant?
Also, one on the plaque that was (unofficially?) called the Warwick Crest under the railing of the Bit Beneath the Bridge - was this also an idea  by James Gardner?
Trying hard now to think of other public places on board where lions rampant were stationed!
Was there one on the bridge? Captains quarters?
« Last Edit: Nov 21, 2017, 08:39 AM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Scott Ebersold

Re: The QE2's Funnel
« Reply #151 on: Jul 19, 2018, 04:27 AM »
And from here launched a conversation about the "Warwick" Crest.  You can follow that discussion here:

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=8604.msg98886#msg98886

 

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