Author Topic: Unseen slides of QE2 being built, fitted out, on trials and early years.  (Read 46728 times)

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Offline pete cain

I'm really sorry not to've noticed this topic (I knew Rob was posting  bit by bit)  but WOW, just brilliant, I bet they are something else on a bigger screen.  What I love is that - no matter how much it's needed, the QE2 story logo on these beauties is tucked away discreetly so that we can enjoy the vista.
   Thanks Rob, these images here for ever,     QE2 Story  a historic repository in the making!!!

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I seem to recall there being a picture in a Ladybird book about ships that was very similar to that picture of the bow being built...?
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Is it this one from the Ladybird book “The Ocean Liner” ?

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Next series of pictures from the Gallery :

QE2 being constructed, 1967, starboard side





View across QE2's bow and Clydebank QE2 under construction in Clydebank in summer 1967



A historical view now, a busy, smokey and probably noisy place... providing employment and an income for many. The "good old days" were maybe not altogether healthy old days...

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Is it this one from the Ladybird book “The Ocean Liner” ?

Yes, that is the very picture I remember from 45 odd years ago...
"It is a capital mistake to allow any mechanical object to realise that you are in a hurry!"

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More of the "unseen" slides.

QE2 under construction in Clydebank in summer 1967



Inside the theatre - QE2 under construction in Clydebank in summer 1967



On the boat deck - QE2 under construction in Clydebank in summer 1967



It is extraordinary to see these spaces, which we know so well, in their "raw" state, ready to become... and yet, many of the elements we know are already there, such as the long Boat Deck windows.

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Interestinng to see how slim the bow was atop the bulb (as shown in picture above)

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This is one of my favourite photos that I remember from the slide show that Rob done last year.  It shows a view of the Town of Clydebank taken from the ship in the fitting out basin.  On the left you can barely see the clock of the Clydebank Town Hall where we held the 50th anniversary of QE2's launch a few years ago and for those who remember Clydebank in the 1960 you can see Kilbowie Road and the Singer Sewing Machine factory, which is just about visible.

But what really fascinates me about the picture is I remember as the ship was being built she towered over the tenement building, but she was in the shipyard where only workers had access, so "Bankies" like me, could only watch with wonder as deck by deck she grew. However in this photo there is the reverse! QE2 is looking over Clydebank - watching me - watching her!
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These photos are amazing to see !  They are truly awe-inspiring !   :)
QE2 - the ship for all of time, a ship of timeless beauty !

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A few more photos from the "unseen" series.

The entire series is collected in the QE2Story Gallery, here :

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

QE2 under construction in Clydebank in summer 1967



Look aft on QE2 in summer 1967 towards the River Cart



QE2 under construction in Clydebank, September 1967



What an extraordinary picture of QE2's fabulous bow!

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This is one of my favourite photos that I remember from the slide show that Rob done last year.

The clock tower between the crane and the chimney on the left of the picture... is that the town hall where we had the 50th "do" a couple of Septembers ago?
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The clock tower between the crane and the chimney on the left of the picture... is that the town hall where we had the 50th "do" a couple of Septembers ago?

Yes!
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This is one of my favourite photos that I remember from the slide show that Rob done last year...

Imagine my reaction that day, when I held the mystery slide up to my lounge window, and saw that tiny image shining back at me.  Then hitting the scan button, and seeing it appear in all its glory on my big computer monitor.  I love it, it tells an entire QE2 Story all on its own.
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Spectacular photo looking up at QE2's bow !   :)
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I have added 3 more slides - each of which is lovely - from November 1967 (best guess based on markings on the slides themselves).

The next slides  I will upload, jump to May 1968.
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