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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: "Unseen" slides of QE2 being built, fitted out
« Reply #140 on: Feb 29, 2020, 07:17 PM »
Here are a few more photos, from Rob's collection for the Forum, all of them of QE2 under construction in Clydebank, September 1967.







Fascinating to see the big yellow plate with the figure 736! And amazing to see those huge supports for her hull...



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QE2 under construction in Clydebank, September 1967.

Some more photos here, starting with her beautiful bow :





And her side, with its gleaming fresh colours :



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Thank you for sharing these, They really give you the sense of scale and a new appreciation of the whole undertaking.

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Many thanks for sharing. These views of QE2 are spectacular !  :)
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Here are some more of the "unseen" photos of QE2 being built :

QE2 under construction in Clydebank, September 1967





And what looks like a rainy day photo :



I am always astonished by all the machinery and supports, and all the activities that went on simultaneously, in close co-ordination. Running a shipyard is a real miracle!

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These are great, Isabelle, and many thanks for posting !

With what appears to be acetylene torch sparks, is something being attached or taken off the hull ?
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I have just added another batch of the "QE2 Unseen" slides into the gallery, covering around the time of May 1968.

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Some of them are real stunners, and were amongst my favourite as they appeared during the scanning process.

Here's a couple of favourites :-













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These photos are magnificent.  I'm walking down memory lane seeing all the original spaces (or what will be the original spaces).

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I agree. They are brilliant and a great photographic history of her construction

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Wonderful photos to see.  Just spectacular !  Thanks, Rob !
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Just wonderful! I particularly like the dynamic shots with the welding (previous post) and the photo looking aft down Boat Deck from what would become the "Bit beneath the Bridge", showing the prefabricated aluminium sections that would make up Sun and Signal decks going into place.
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They are truly magnificent.
How many of you in 1969, would have thought that those bits of steel and aluminium, would mean so much to so many?
I still remember my time on board vividly, for the most part anyway, but the other day I was thinking that today, I would need one of you to show me around, Don't recognize half the places by dacor anyway!

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In honour of this evening's chat, I have uploaded the next set of slides, this time from June 1968 (approximately).  Again some of these are my favourites, with little moments captured - the delivery van in front of QE2's massive bow, the workers apparently taking a break high up top, and also on a scary looking railing at the bow.

The full size ones are in the album - LINK TO ALBUM HERE

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Rob - the "unknown hovercraft" is an SRN6 and it looks to be at Southampton; it's in Seaspeed livery so it's arriving from Cowes; this is the fast service that later passed to Red funnel with their "Sheerwater" class hydrofoils and subsequently the present Red Jet operation.
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Great slides, Rob !  What a treasure to have !  :)
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My favourite photo is this one showing the davits: 



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This one is of great interest to me.  Reading Potter and Frost's QE2 The Authorised Story, I was always intrigued with the photo of the Queen looking at the launch mechanism and wondered how it worked.  I know the mechanics involved in a launch but still don't understand the sequence.   The below slide of the empty slipway makes me wonder even more.

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As a former Deck Engineer....one thing strikes me, in fact sticks out like a sore thumb!! Why were the boats put up on the davits when they had not even had their first topcoat of paint?
Painting round all those wires and blocks would take twice as long!

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As a former Deck Engineer....one thing strikes me, in fact sticks out like a sore thumb!! Why were the boats put up on the davits when they had not even had their first topcoat of paint?
Painting round all those wires and blocks would take twice as long!

Noticed that and whole-heartedly agree.  Seems bass ackwards.

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And here's tonights uploads.  These are from around December 1968, although it was hard to be definite.

As always - the gallery with full quality images is here - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=207







« Last Edit: Apr 16, 2020, 09:28 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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