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QE2 Proving Trials - 30 March 1969 to 8th April 1969
« on: Apr 30, 2019, 06:45 PM »
This voyage is covered by our slide collection in our gallery :-

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

It would be lovely to find some memorobilia from it, such as daily programmes etc.  Apart from anything else, they may let us match up some of the slides with actual events on board.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 30, 2019, 09:36 PM »
Like this.... ;)
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 19, 2021, 02:05 PM »
A postcard i have from her proving voyage that i recently purchased

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Re: QE2 Proving Trials - 30 March 1969 to 8th April 1969
« Reply #3 on: Aug 19, 2021, 02:54 PM »
A postcard i have from her proving voyage that i recently purchased

Nice that they got a proving voyage stamp made specially!
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 19, 2021, 06:13 PM »
Welcome aboard Alan, good to see you here!

A rare copy of that postcard, and a great addition to the collection!
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Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 19, 2021, 06:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum Alan and thanks for posting the postcard.  I have a few early postcards but I haven't seen one with the proving trials stamp.  Good find!
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Re: QE2 Proving Trials - 30 March 1969 to 8th April 1969
« Reply #6 on: Aug 19, 2021, 07:39 PM »
Welcome, Alan, to The Forum. Many thanks for sharing your post card with the proving stamp. I have never seen one before either !  :)
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« Reply #7 on: Aug 19, 2021, 11:10 PM »
58,000 tons ????

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« Reply #8 on: Aug 20, 2021, 07:51 AM »
It was Cunard's initial intention for her to be 58,000 tons. One of the earliest Q4 documents circulated privately to Cunard Directors laid out the initial concepts and thinking behind the ship which would have its foundations in the lessons learned from Q3. Cunard was satisfied that a ship of some 58,000 tons, with two screws, could do the job of Q3 – a ship of 75,000 tons gross with four screws.

The tender documents called for a new 58,000-ton express liner.

In July 1968, as the first wisps of smoke were to be seen emanating from the funnel, Cunard announced that the Gross Tonnage of QE2 had increased by 7,000 tons to 65,000 tons. The main reason for the increase was due to the difficulties of the direct calculation the original estimates were made. As QE2’s design developed it was possible to increase the volume of the superstructure as a result of the rigid weight-saving policy that was adopted. Because of Cunard’s design approach, each passenger on QE2 would have, on average, 60 per cent more space than travellers on the bigger Queen Elizabeth.

Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #9 on: Aug 20, 2021, 10:55 AM »
58,000 tons ????

Well spotted Rod, I was so busy looking at the postcard picture. that I did not look at the detail.  Interesting to read Michael's post as well. 

The statistical comparisons with the other Cunard Liners detailed in the Q4 Press Release April 1967 is for approximately 58,000 Gross Tonnage.  This is an interesting document that my dad gave to me way back in 1967 and one of my treasured pieces of memorabilia. 

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 20, 2021, 10:59 AM »
After the withdrawal of France in 1974 QE2 was the world’s largest passenger liner in active service and the fourth largest passenger vessel ever built when measured by tonnage behind Queen Elizabeth (83,673 grt), Normandie (82,799 grt) and Queen Mary (81,327 grt).

The return of France (as Norway) in 1980 as the biggest passenger ship in the world relegated QE2 to second place where she remained until January 1988 when Sovereign of the Seas took the mantle as biggest and QE2 dropped to third place. In the years that followed QE2’s position would fall further from the top of the table as increasingly larger ships were introduced at an increasingly faster pace.

When it came to her retirement in 2008 QE2 would not be in the top 25 and the biggest cruise ship then was the 154,000-ton Independence of the Seas.

1969 – 1972

      Gross      65,862.91 tons
      Net         38,243.54 tons
      Deadweight   15,724

1972 – 1978

      Gross      66,851
      Net         36,930
      Deadweight   15,724

1978 – 1987

      Gross         67,140
Net         37,218
      Deadweight      15,724

1987 – 1992

      Gross      66,451
      Net         39,882
      Deadweight   15,521

1992 – 1994

      Gross      69,053
      Net         36,038
      Deadweight   15,521

1994

      Gross      70,327
      Net         37,182
      Deadweight   15,521

Deadweight, full load:    53,453 tons

Lightweight:         37,932 tons

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Re: QE2 Proving Trials - 30 March 1969 to 8th April 1969
« Reply #11 on: Aug 26, 2021, 09:55 PM »
Thank you, Michael and Lynda, for the fascinating information. The comparison chart is indeed a treasure.
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