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Offline cunardqueen

WOW ! :o
Hope you all have a great day tomorrow and raise a glass to our mighty ship
Not only making news 50 years ago today but 32 years ago as we raced (except for the short time when we were limping along ) to New York on the maiden voyage of the NEW  QE2.

 
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online Andy Holloway

It was on the BBC News website this morning.

Apologies if it's already been mentioned and answered but, where have these slides been for the last 50 years?

Andy

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It was on the BBC News website this morning.

Apologies if it's already been mentioned and answered but, where have these slides been for the last 50 years?

Andy

I haven't seen anything on the BBC website - can you post a link Andy?
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Quote from: Andy Holloway ...where have these slides been for the last 50 years?

Andy

Hi Andy,

Don't know!  But I'd guess an attic or cupboard... They were in a clearance I think and going to go in a skip... Makes you think how many others have been lost.
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Attached is the print version of the herald article
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I haven't seen anything on the BBC website - can you post a link Andy?

I didn't see it my wife told me about it from something she saw on her phone, i'll try to find out what it was, i'm sure she said it was BBC.

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We have decided that we're going to release a batch of these photos, timed to each newsletter going out.  I hope everyone is OK with that. They'll go into our gallery here, watermarked I'm afraid.

We're also considering other options.
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The first slides have now been added to the gallery

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=207
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Awesome, Rob !  Many, many thanks !   :)
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I have now added another batch of the slides to the gallery.

These are from summer 1967, and include some SPECTACULAR images.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=207
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Stunning,

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These are amazing photos !  Thanks, Rob, for adding them !   :)
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I have just added the latest batch of slides to the gallery, which include some of the slides that actually made me gasp out loud when I saw them for the first time.

A reminder that all images are © The QE2 Story and action will be taken if anyone posts them elsewhere.

The link to the gallery - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=207
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Excellent photos!
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Bit by bit, I shall be bringing the photos forward into the Forum, so that we can discuss them here.

QE2's bow being constructed, 1967



QE2 being constructed, 1967, starboard side



QE2 being constructed, 1967, starboard side with scaffolding stairs



Looking at these pictures, I am astounded at the height and size of QE2. Which of course we know, but all the supports and the scaffolding make it stand out even more!

It makes me wonder at the massive tonnage of supporting materials that were used, items that were later removed and presumably re-used elsewhere. The stories these scaffolds could tell!

 

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