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Online Lynda Bradford

1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« on: Nov 05, 2018, 01:58 PM »
The QE2 Story would like to thank Michael Gallagher for giving his permission to extract information from QE2 historical information he had compiled and allowing us to make this information available on the QE2 Story Forum.


Date:  13 to 16 March 1983
Cost:  Refit: £205,920; boiler work £250,000
Captain: B Arnott

The opportunity was taken to undertake a mini-refit on QE2 during her two full days in Hong Kong during the 1983 Circle Pacific voyage.
                                       
Hundreds of Chinese workmen came on board to undertake the work and remained on board throughout her stay. The Six Deck working alleyway and crew staircases were lined with Chinese setting up stalls to sell goods to the crew.

Mechanical Work

QE2 had been experiencing many problems with her turbines after her return to service from the Falklands. The problem was essentially one of the uniqueness of the turbines within QE2 designed to perform a task not required of any other passenger or cargo vessel in the world.

In Hong Kong, among other things, the transverse alignment of the starboard HP turbine was corrected and operated well within limits afterwards. Vertical and Transverse alignment on all four turbines was continuously monitored and carried out on every possible occasion. The turbines gave no cause for concern after the March 1983 adjustments.

In addition one of the three boilers was worked on at a cost of £250,000.

Other Work

The feed pumps received modifications.

Painting

The hull, superstructure and funnel were repainted by hundreds of workmen. Existing paint was chipped off items such as lifeboat davits and elsewhere prior to them being repainted.

A full topside coating was applied. This did not solve the problem of the look of the grey hull and the ship’s appearance still left much to be desired. A Cunard Board report dated 16 April 1983 stated:

   “We have not to date been successful in developing a corrective system with our own people to alleviate the ‘weeping’ of rust on the hull side”.

New Launch Project

The aft deck locations for the two new cruise launches (due to be fitted in the November 1983 refit) were strengthened and cable installation work was carried out in preparation for the installation of the davits and launches. See also 1983 Refit Alpha and Beta Tenders added

Passenger Areas

D Stairway ceilings and handrails were cleaned.

The teak decking aft was re-caulked and other cosmetic repairs to the outdoor decks were undertaken. These had been the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.
« Last Edit: Nov 07, 2018, 12:42 PM by Lynda Bradford »
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Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #1 on: Nov 05, 2018, 02:04 PM »
This is the Hong Kong "sprucing up" that was/is shown in some detail in Alan Whicker's "Whicker's World". Great to see the specific details here from Michael's notes!
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last 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, in January 2020 and August 2022.

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Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #2 on: Nov 05, 2018, 04:09 PM »
This is the Hong Kong "sprucing up" that was/is shown in some detail in Alan Whicker's "Whicker's World". Great to see the specific details here from Michael's notes!

We always appreciate the notes that Michael has made available to be used on the forum. Glad you like the topic.  More refit topics to come in the next couple of weeks. 

The is more on Whicker on QE2 on Whickers World - A Fast Boat to China
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Offline Clydebuilt1971

Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #3 on: Nov 06, 2018, 12:57 PM »
Some more great snippets of info from Michael.

I assume the feed pumps refer to the boiler feed pumps - if so I wonder what make were fitted to QE2? Could it have been Weir of Cathcart?

Gav

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Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #4 on: Nov 06, 2018, 02:41 PM »
One does wonder, could such and mini refit been undertaken else where for the same price. I fear the answer is a resounding No
I imagine UK Health and Safety would have had a fit seeing such working conditions.
None the less a great programme.   
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Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #5 on: Nov 06, 2018, 03:59 PM »
Many thanks, Lynda and Michael !  It is great to have access to this information !   :)
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Offline Paul Joyce

Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #6 on: Nov 06, 2018, 08:50 PM »
It was alway an amazing sight to watch QE2 being totally repainted in just three days.
The workers in Hong Kong use to balance on flimsy wooden planks to paint the ship
and clean the windows.
This picture was taken on her visit to Hong Kong in 1981 and shows how dangerous
this work they did was. At the end of three days she was freshly painted and looked like a new ship.
Thank you Lynda and Michael for bringing back these memories.
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Re: 1983: Mini refit Hong Kong (13 to 16 March)
« Reply #7 on: Nov 08, 2018, 11:47 PM »
In addition one of the three boilers was worked on at a cost of £250,000.

The Chinese (or Hong Kong) workmen are shown cleaning out (decoking) the inside of said boiler in some of the Whicker's World footage - a laborious task apparently, in one of the three largest boilers to ever go to sea.

14 minutes and 10 seconds into this particular episode:

« Last Edit: Nov 08, 2018, 11:50 PM by Thomas Hypher »
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