Author Topic: Unseen slides of QE2 being built, fitted out, on trials and early years.  (Read 23937 times)

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See attached, look for clues, and then you should be able to use the forum to say almost exactly when it was taken...
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Online Alex Tarry

Oh, another great image...I am no expert but I see the first set of penthouses, but not the big suites which were added later...

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I would say 71-72. Penthouses were put on after I went back to college, one of the reasons we had to get off so that Vospers workers could use the cadet cabins for accom,  but before I returned in August of 73.
During my final year at college they also changed out boats 9,10 11 and 12 to the Harding launches with the Volvo Penta engines. The pic dhows the original 9,10,11 and 12.

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You're both right... I know I had to lower the resolution, but if you look carefully you'll see that the penthouses have literally just been fitted (the workers are still there and the end hasn't been painted yet) and windows of the lookout lounge have only just been plated over (they're yellow).
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« Reply #64 on: Mar 22, 2019, 12:44 AM »
I've attached a couple more, both taken on deck in September 1967 just before launch.  I'm afraid I've lowered the resolution, while I consider how to best handle these.  If you've been on board QE2, you should have stood in both spots I'd imagine!

So far (I am 2/3rds of the way through the first of the 5 slide boxes) the photos are mainly 1967 and 1968 while in Clydebank, both interior, on-deck and dockside.  There are a number of fascinating photos, and things I've never seen before.

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My heart skipped a beat, when I held this slide up to the light and saw what it was of.

(sorry for the watermark).

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Does anyone know how that red console worked and what it displayed??
Always been fascinated by that contraption...wonder where it ended up......


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Does anyone know how that red console worked and what it displayed??
Always been fascinated by that contraption...wonder where it ended up......

Our member Bob C remembers it - I'm sure he's told us on here before what it showed...
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One of the things that is fascinating in the photos, is seeing the detail, often in the background, in otherwise mundane photos.

For example the attached, which I think is during the December 68>Jan 69 trials, shows the sliding glass panels that the Queens Room incorporated on each side.  I've never seen such a close shot as this, in colour. 

Another photo shows the colour that the window blinds were (cream with an orange check) as well as the internal curtain colour (cream/yellow/orange).

Having been immersed in these slides for nearly a week now, I do feel like my dream of going back in time to the as-built QE2 has virtually been realised.
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Rob, same guy with the child is sitting by the piano with the group of children. Maybe he’s a member of the social staff?  I think the wee girl features in the other picture too.
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Online Alex Tarry

Amazing photos, so modern, would look great even now...this is the QE2 I wish I had seen...

One thing is for sure, she's always changed and let's acknowledge it, she has always survived...

A lot has changed inside now, some of it for the better...by which I mean I didn't like the 'red and white stripes era' on the cabin chairs!

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Superb pictures, Rob, and a wonderful find for the QE2Story!

I love that early-years look, so light and cheerful and modern. Great to catch those glimpses into a period most of us never got to see for real.

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Gentleman with the beard and dark glasses....Commodore Warwick?

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I think the console showed direction one side, speed the other than a map in the middle. This wa all later displayed on a screen, much larger on the forward bulkhead.

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My heart skipped a beat, when I held this slide up to the light and saw what it was of.

The Lookout Bar...?
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The Lookout Bar...?

Hi Peter

Did it have railings?
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Unusual that internal railings were not installed on those windows, I have visions of people being bashed into the windows when she was in a heavy sea. The deceleration when hitting a large wave could be quite dramatic
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Do you think those windows would have survived the storms she faced over the coming 4 decades?
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Hi Peter

Did it have railings?

I have no idea - the only time I was ever on board was September 2002, by which time that bar was long gone.

Do you think those windows would have survived the storms she faced over the coming 4 decades?

Good question - I suspect given their size even armoured glass would have felt the strain at some point.  Out of curiosity - did they use armoured glass or if not then what?
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Absolutely wonderful unseen photos! Thank you for procuring them for the forum and sharing them with us Rob!
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