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Offline Michael Gallagher

...Sunday 12 October 2008. QE2 powers towards New York on her final westbound crossing of the North Atlantic
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #1 on: Oct 13, 2018, 10:38 AM »
Awesome stuff.

How did it feel as a QE2 fan to be on board QM2?  If it was me I'd be hugely conflicted - loving the view of QE2, but wanting to be ON her too - especially as time was running out so quickly to do so. 

I am so envious of those who were lucky enough to be able to go one way on one custom-built transatlantic liner, and the other way on the other one.  Will that ever be repeated?
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #2 on: Oct 13, 2018, 12:06 PM »
I was on QE2 where I much preferred to be but I did think several times I wished I was on the other one to see QE2 - the others obviously had the better view. It was great to be on QE2's Bridge every day at Noon when the ships came closer for the whistle salutes which was a non-starter as far as the other one was concerned!
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #3 on: Oct 13, 2018, 12:39 PM »
Awesome stuff.

How did it feel as a QE2 fan to be on board QM2?  If it was me I'd be hugely conflicted - loving the view of QE2, but wanting to be ON her too - especially as time was running out so quickly to do so. 

I am so envious of those who were lucky enough to be able to go one way on one custom-built transatlantic liner, and the other way on the other one.  Will that ever be repeated?

Personally it's only a bit conflicting as we'd known for a long time before that QE2 was booked up so we would never be onboard again as an active ship and I had therefore put my time aboard to bed at the end of the last QE2 voyage we did in July 2008 as a result- saying a personal goodbye then and then saying goodbye for good when watching the BBC South Today coverage of her final Southampton departure. The overriding thing was of seeing a beautiful, yacht-like ship in her element with a bone in her teeth which was anything but sad - was very impressive and rare to see so close up. You can see the excitement and awe on my face in my Dad's video below as I try to stay upright in QM2's 26 knot or so headwind from the port side docking wing from the final tandem (Eastbound) which we were on having flown to New York on 16/10/2008:



Who knows whether this will be repeated with two ocean liners given the numbers of my generation doing transatlantics (something of a resurgence which could explain why QM2 is doing more transatlantics than she's ever done at the moment)...they won't match QE2 though that's for sure!
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #4 on: Oct 13, 2018, 12:46 PM »
Fantastic video Thomas, I just watched it through on full screen, lovely stuff.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #5 on: Oct 13, 2018, 04:21 PM »
I felt lucky to be aboard QE2. It was a very emotional journey. I did, though, always wonder what the view from the other side was like.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #6 on: Oct 14, 2018, 03:04 AM »
Awesome video, Thomas !  Thanks so much for sharing ! QE2 is just so beautiful; there are not words special enough to express her beauty and majesty ! Wonderful memories but so very poignant !
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #7 on: Oct 14, 2018, 02:15 PM »
Tuesday 14 October 2008 Dinner Menu and Daily Programme.

Each evening menu told a different aspect of the QE2 Story and 14 October was about her fole in the Falklands Conflict. Tonight was also Captain McNauught's Farewell Dinner.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #8 on: Oct 14, 2018, 09:13 PM »
Having met Ted Scull onboard in 1987 on "that" voyage it was kinda fitting to see him again on the Final Westbound and to hold a mini cocktail party in my Cabin, given the size of the inside single the other guests were outside and we leaned backwards over the bed to get us in the photo.   
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #9 on: Oct 14, 2018, 10:55 PM »
Just about now I would have been heading up to a cocktail party in the penthouses in room 8007. Which, coincidentally, was the first cabin I ever sailed in, so it was doubly poignant. It was all people who had met aboard QE2 over the years we’d been sailing on her. And we were having quite an uproarious good time. Then, much to my surprise, my favorite cabin steward (who shall remain nameless!!!) popped in mid-party, stretched out across the bed, and held court for over a half an hour telling us all the juicy gossip going on “below deck”.

A much needed dinner followed. I was seated at the same table as my very first voyage, with the friends who I met at that very table on that voyage. It couldn’t be better. To celebrate, our final formal night we ordered caviar.

After dinner, we went looking for friends in the Chart Room, but just missed them. We did find them in the Yacht Club. Which I remember being very warm that evening. And since there is an open deck right there my friends and I went outside.  I remember several other people finding inspiration in our idea and coming outside with us. It was wonderfully cool and refreshing and nice change from the (usually) warm Yacht Club. (That was always such a great thing about that room, is that you could just open the door and be outside with a wonderful view of the pool, after decks and the wake.)

And finally before going to bed we went on a little tour of the open decks.

One more full day until New York.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #10 on: Oct 15, 2018, 07:28 AM »
Wednesday 15 October 2008 - the final sea day of the final westbound Atlantic crossing.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #11 on: Oct 15, 2018, 08:28 AM »
Thanks for your memories of being aboard QE2 ten years ago, this forum didn't exist, and I didn't know most of you then, although I did recognise some of the names from the other forums, your memories brings that time alive.

Wednesday 15 October 2008 - the final sea day of the final westbound Atlantic crossing.

The cover of that daily programme, and the QE2 fact of the day, just amazing stuff.  It really was history in the making.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #12 on: Oct 15, 2018, 05:17 PM »
This last sea day was dramatic and full of emotion. Throughout our crossing QM2 had sailed just slightly astern of us changing from one side to the other each day. It became sort of a game — "which side would QM2 be on today?”  Because she was always behind us, it felt like we were leading her across the ocean. And since this was the last crossing it felt like we were "showing her the way”. You could take comfort in the fact that even though this was QE2’s last crossing she had pride of place.

Then at about 4pm, Captain McNaught came on the loud speakers, “[Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen...] …its time for us to change our formation with Queen Mary 2 from abeam of each other to line ahead and astern. So at about 4:30 in about half an hour, Queen Mary 2 will close into about 600 meters abeam of us. So we can enjoy the view, but of course remember they have the best view! And then we shall take line astern of her a little later for the final run into New York. So enjoy the view at 4:30 as Queen Mary comes across to say ‘Good Afternoon’ as we then take line astern of her a little later on for the final run into New York.”

From the video I have, I don’t think any of us were expecting this as my friend's jaw literally dropped in shock. We all instinctively turned our heads to the window.

At 4:30 we assembled on the starboard boat deck and slowly, majestically QM2 came along side us. She seemed incredibly close. We could hear shouts and cheers of her passengers and see them assembling on her port side. There were some shouting across from ship to ship. And suddenly, the reality of what was happen really began to sink in. QM2 was going to take over. Not just on that day at sea in the Atlantic, but take over in the real and complete sense. QM2 was replacing QE2 and I would never sail on her again. This realization seemed to dawn on everyone around me as there was hardly a dry eye anywhere.

And then as if on queue, a school of dolphins popped up in the space between the two ship and payed in the water. I remember turning to my friends and saying jokingly through tears, “Wow, Carnival really pulled out all the stops today!”

Then, QE2 and QM2 began signally to each other. One after the other. I think QM2 went first because there a sense of anticipation in slight hesitation before QE2 responded. But when she did respond, there was a spontaneous and collective squeal of glee at the sound of QE2s voice!

And then it started to happen. QM2 began to pull ahead. And QE2 started slipping behind. My heart was racing. This was the moment we all came for and the moment that I dreaded so much.

Then, just like that, it was over. QM2 was in front of us leading us home to New York.

And it was time to change for dinner.
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #13 on: Oct 15, 2018, 05:23 PM »
Scott what an amazing memory written with such emotion that I felt like I was there with you on QE2.  Thanks also to Thomas for the video from QM2 to QE2, what a fantastic view. 

Happy memories. 
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #14 on: Oct 15, 2018, 06:00 PM »
Thank you Michael for the historic memorobila from the day, and to Scott for his amazing story from on board.  Together they really bring the day to life for those of us who couldn't be there.
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