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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« on: Nov 07, 2018, 12:50 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. I have added links to forum topics with more information and discussions

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Date:  27 November – 14 December 1983
Contractor: Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, West Germany
Total Cost: £4.6 million ($3.75 million)
Captains: D Ridley and K Stanley

Background:
The work was a continuation of the improvement programme that started in 1982 when the QE2 was refurbished upon her return from the Falklands.  The fact that Trafalgar House was prepared to invest in QE2’s future signalled a growing belief in the future of the cruise business.

Specifications for the 1983 overhaul were sent by Cunard in mid-June 1983 to HTW at Hamburg, Hapag Lloyd at Bremerhaven and Vosper Thorneycroft in Southampton.

The two German yards had earlier confirmed their ability to complete the installation of the Magrodome within 15 days, however, by August Vosper advised Cunard that they were pulling out of the tender process because they could not find a shipyard that could do the prefabrication work of the Magrodome plus, Vospers, even with the secondment of labour,  could not have completed the installation within the timescale.  Vospers had hoped that Cunard would extend the period allocated for the installation or defer the work until 1984. However, a board meeting on 18 August agreed that the contract should be awarded to Hapag Lloyd. 

Despite having spent £11 million (£13 million on completion of this work) since June 1982, in British shipyards on refitting and refurbishing the ship, Cunard received a lot of adverse comments in the British press because the contract had gone to a German shipyard. The spend on British firms would rise to £13  million, on completion of this project as £2.5 million of the contact was spent on British subcontractors (Foster Wheeler, Young Austin Young and Weir Pumps) employing British labour. 

Cunard announced that 328 British workers plus some 180 Cunard crew and technical staff would sail with QE2 to Bremerhaven and work on board throughout the period.

QE2 left Southampton on 26 November but storms delayed the actual start of the refit itself with the ship entering the dry dock on 28 November.  After leaving the Dry-Dock on 12 December QE2 berthed alongside the Bremerhaven Container Terminal.

The £4.6 million cost was split between £2.8 million on capital additions and £1.8 million on maintenance and refurbishment.

On this topic there is refit information on the following:
Magrodome and Club Lido
Tenders Alpha and Beta
Public Rooms
Passenger Accommodation
Behind the Scenes and Technical Work
Return to Service
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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #1 on: Nov 07, 2018, 12:59 PM »
Magrodome and Club Lido Phases I, II, III

Phase I:

June to August 1982:The Q4 Room was expanded, redecorated and renamed the Club Lido – a dual-purpose casual gathering place.

October 1982: New custom-made buffet equipment installed to enable salads and health foods to be served.

Phase II   
January to February 1983 - The Club galley was refitted with new equipment.

Phase III   November to December 1983 - The Magrodome fitted

The Magrodome
Cost:  £650,000

Phase III of the $2 million Club Lido area was undertaken with the installation of the Magrodome, a retractable glazed sun roof, placed over the Quarter deck swimming pool that could be opened during warm weather or closed during inclement weather. The Magrodome telescopic glass roof, with special hatch back covers.

Specifications: The opening - 19.2 metres wide and 13.8 metres long, consisted of two pairs of electronically operated panels, the inboard of each pair being the driven panel that pulled the outboard panel to the stowage at the side. Special features of the design were the panels’ compact dimensions which totalled only 1.5 metres deep when stowed, and the heating coils attached beneath the metal members to prevent condensation. The open vista characteristic of the Magrodome with its almost 90% glass, allowed maximum visibility of the sky from relatively acute angles. The metal structure was reduced to a minimum with some of the smaller members only 200 mm wide. Average size of the glass panels was 3.3 x 1.4 metres.

Pre-installation work:

The prefabricated aluminium alloy structure, was assembled and tested onshore at Bremerhaven, ready to be lifted in sections onto the ship. 

Workmen had joined the ship for the Transatlantic voyage 21 to 26 November to  prepare the ship for ready for the Magrodome installation.  The aft end of the Club Lido was sliced away then, working to exacting specifications, the deck was prepared for the Magrodome installation. 

Two days after QE2’s arrival at the yard (29 November at 12 noon), the huge Magrodome structure was slowly lifted from the yard by a powerful crane and positioned over the QE2’s deck. Once the positioning appeared exact, the Magrodome was lowered onto the liner and welded into place.

The deck area outside the Double Down Bar was substantially altered with the addition of the Magrodome. New staircases leading up to the Magrodome roof and then aft down to the Quarter deck were installed.

Forum topics:
Magrodome
Poll Lido Pool and Magrodome roof -Discussion on whether it was the right move to remove the Magrodome and Lido Pool in 1994

Club Lido

The second and final phase of the Club Lido interior was completed. The bar was re-positioned and a glass floor was laid with an adjacent bandstand and a new music and lighting control centre was installed. A new food and serving area was opened up and combined with the new Magrodome to create an indoor / outdoor area and nightclub, making dancing under the stars a possibility.

The whole Club Lido / Magrodome area became a ‘theatre-in-the-round’ offering activities and entertainment throughout the day: breakfast and buffet room, daytime lounge area, a disco / cabaret room at night and what had been one of the Queen’s two outdoor swimming pools and rarely usable on the North Atlantic, was transformed into a universal asset

The new décor of the Club Lido featured modern slate-gray furnishings, warm orange carpeting and recessed lighting providing the appropriate atmosphere.

Forum topic: Q4 and Lido Club

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Note: the original plans for QE2 featured a sliding roof over the Sports Deck between the funnel and mast. In order to save £27,300, as part of £1.5 million savings having to be made in December 1964, this feature was deleted from the design.

QE2  eventually received such a feature 14 years after entering service.
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Re:1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #2 on: Nov 07, 2018, 01:04 PM »
Tenders: Alpha and Beta

With over 30 launch ports within a twelve month period, the delay in getting ashore some 1,750 people was a primary cause of passengers complaints.

While gangways and pontoons had been redesigned the launch capacity was still similar to that of the original design. Addition cruise ports on  QE2’s cruise itineraries, many with draft restrictions required improved passenger ship to shore transport

QE2’s General Manager, Captain Doug Ridley, was given the task to find a solution to this problem and after a great deal of research and consideration of alternatives the following proposal was made at a total cost of £395,000:

   2 x 120 passenger tenders - £240,000
   
   2 x full sets davits - £75,000

   Installation / stiffening etc. - £80,000

Two powerful new 45-foot motor launches, built at a final all-in cost of £420,000, were fitted aft and alongside the new Magrodome area to assist in the transfer of passengers from ship-to-shore. Completed by Watercraft of Sussex, they were named Alpha and Beta and were equipped to carry 122 people each. Their 212-hp engines gave a speed of 10-knots and each tender had a cruising range of 174 nautical miles.

The hull and deck area was specially strengthened with davit systems of a hydraulic pivot type (allowing for a 25 ft / min recovery speed) being installed. The aft deck location for the two new cruise launches were strengthened and cable installation work was carried out in preparation for the installation of the davits and launches while QE2 was in Hong Kong (13 – 16 March 1983).

The new davits were installed while QE2 was still in service and before she entered dry-dock. The starboard davit (for ‘Alpha’) was fitted in Southampton on 26 September 1983 with the port one (for ‘Beta’) being fitted on 8 October.

The addition of the two boats would increase the ship’s boat capacity by 63%, reduce typical launch boat cycle times by about 30% and require no additional manning.

The time saving to discharge a full ship was estimated to be some 45 minutes, with a back up service in the event of breakdowns

See forum topic Alpha and Beta QE2’s large tenders
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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #3 on: Nov 07, 2018, 01:15 PM »
Public Rooms

New Computer Learning Centre

The Reading Room on Boat deck was converted into a Computer Learning Centre (open 12 hours a day) – the first such facility at sea. The Centre featured six IBM ‘Peanut’ personal computers, videotape machines and a library of educational films with seminars conducted by IBM consultants. It was hoped that no capital appropriation would be required for this facility as it was thought that suppliers would subsidise the installation.

A trial, featuring some computers placed in the Reading Room, was held in October 1983 receiving good passenger response and this lead to this permanent facility being built.

General Refurbishment: Re-carpeting and replacement of furniture, where necessary, took place.
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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #4 on: Nov 07, 2018, 01:20 PM »
Passenger Accommodation

Designer David Hicks (who designed QE2’s original Q4 Room) was commissioned to provide First Class cabin schemes while Dennis Lennon was commissioned to submit ideas for the Penthouses.

Queen Anne and Trafalgar Suites: Both suites were refurbished with original artworks and gold plated bathroom fittings being installed.

Penthouse Suites: The majority of the Penthouse Suites and other deluxe rooms were totally refurbished at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars. Dennis Lennon was responsible for the refurbishment.

New features included reclining beds, brand-new furniture units and television and video equipment. Bathrooms were redone with new gold fixtures.

Deluxe Staterooms: All 84 Queens Grill staterooms were equipped with video players.
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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 2018, 10:01 AM »
Behind the scenes and technical work

Painting: The hull was thoroughly cleaned and painted and the blue underwater paint (applied in 1978) was repainted red.

Have you read the  forum topic about the Blue Boot top?

Boilers: The June repair period saw re-tubing of the troublesome starboard boiler. Subsequent operating experience confirmed that this redesign was effective as superheater temperatures had been reduced significantly back to within their design limitations so the same modifications were carried out on QE2’s port and aft boilers in this refit.

Other work:

- The 1,080-foot anchor chain attached to each anchor was paid out on each side if the ship so that each anchor   
  and all the links could be checked and painted.

- The bow thrusters and propellers were overhauled.

- The air-conditioning system was updated.

- Steam-atomisation equipment was installed.
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1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #6 on: Nov 08, 2018, 10:03 AM »
Return to service

On Monday 12 December, QE2 left the yard for Southampton, however, engine problems delayed QE2’s return to service. Her first cruise, a three-day English Channel Cruise (13 – 16 December) left Southampton more than 24 hours late with the cruise being shortened. Her planned 16 – 21 Atlantic crossing to New York took place as scheduled.

Negotiations continued with Lloyd Werft with regard to late delivery, workmen warranties and other guaranteed defects resulting from this refit up through 1985.
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Re: 1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #7 on: Nov 08, 2018, 10:44 AM »
Continuing to work, compiling topics on QE2's refits and repair is a very interesting task and one that I enjoy very much. 

You can see the list on QE2's refits and repairs topic where I have added links to the topics that have been completed to date. 

There are also many discussion topics with additional information, which I had added links to so that you can get a flavour of forum members discussions and memories. 

Thanks again to Michael Gallagher for his research work and for making this information available to me, so that I could summarise it and use it for the good of the forum and the memory of QE2. 
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Re: 1983: QE2 Refit 27 November to 14 December
« Reply #8 on: Nov 08, 2018, 01:15 PM »
Loving this!!

Firstly a huge thanks to Michael for allowing this priceless information to be replicated on the forum and an even bigger shout out to Lynda for putting it on here and adding links to threads covering some of the topics!

There cannot be any other ship in the world that receives this level of attention and detail!

Clydebuilt and Proud  :)

Gav

 

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