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A big thank-you to Brian Price for continuing to let us see his slide collection.

The latest slides take us behind the scenes to the Turbine Control Room with Brian providing his commentary.  If you recognise any of the officers on duty please let us know.

"Here two of the three officers on duty. I remember the engineer sitting down, but cannot remember his name I think it’s Ray.

In the Turbine Control Room, no prizes for guessing what they do here.
But nevertheless a brief explanation......they control the turbines.

That is they direct the steam coming out of the boilers and going into the turbines and make the turbines go faster, slower or astern, thus controlling the speed and whether the ship goes forwards or astern.
The OOW (Officer of the Watch) on the bridge will manoeuvre the bridge telegraph to indicate the vessels requirements from Full Ahead to Full Astern."



Bridge to Engine telegraph



"The above console is located on the bridge. On the left of centre, a row of switches for the port engine  and on the right of centre a row of switches for the starboard engine, Both engines in this picture are on half ahead ie half speed ahead.

You’ll notice that the switches are oil stained.....the reason is that this picture was taken during a refit when they were being operated by engineers and not well manicured navigators!

The two outside rows of illuminated lights are a secondary confirmation of the engine speed situation."

Meanwhile in the TCR...



To the left of the lever is a row of lights which is a repeater of the bridge requirements for this engine. Just off the picture is the same repeater indicator and lever for the other engine.
 
The officer has received an instruction from the bridge (half ahead) via the telegraph, and he will confirm that with the corresponding switch and he will then manoeuvre the lever he is holding in his right hand the increase / decrease the steam going into the turbines until the required shaft speed is reached. Unlike modern ships, QE2 had a human link from bridge commands through to engine control. In front of him, the large dial provides him with a readout of revolutions either forward or astern....
 
(In the Geiranger Fjord, QE2 lost it’s steering capability at a fairly reasonable speed in the early hours of the morning, and it was only through an immediate understanding of the situation shared between the helm (most likely the Captain)  and the officer in the TCR that a disaster was averted. This resulted in an unscheduled visit to Alesund and a stopover there while parts were flown out.
 

I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
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I have added all the photos that Brian has made available to us to a forum gallery album
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These are marvelous photos along with a great commentary !  Many thanks to Brian for sharing them and to Lynda for posting them !   :)
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Officer sitting down is Ray Divett. Later  became 1st Engineer.

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Wonderful! Both the technical and the anecdotal aspects!
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

Offline Clydebuilt1971

Love these!

Again wondering where all these panels and control systems were made back in the day.

Gav

Offline Stuart Bradley

I thought that the steam inlet valves were the big chrome wheels under the hand rail?

Offline Rod

I thought that the steam inlet valves were the big chrome wheels under the hand rail?

For use in emergencies.

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Thanks to Brian Price for sending the latest QE2 pictures from his slide collection:

Starting an amazing photo of the Safety Control Room – taken from a balcony around the control room. Looking forward to hearing from crew who would know a bit more about this room.



Brian has given the following commentary:

"Located on 2 Deck just forward of the Purser’s Office and within the area of passenger spaces is the Safety Control Room which was manned 24 hours a day.

It is here that we find a control centre for several major functions regarding safety and stability of the ship. The officer on duty could monitor the status of all water-tight and fire-doors from the panels in front of him. The panel to the right shows all the decks of QE2 split into red and yellow sections indicating fireproof sections. Lights ON = door closed. All doors can be operated from the bridge and the Safety Control Room, and in the manoeuvring status of the ship or else in fog, water-tight doors would be closed as normal practice.
The other panels indicate tank systems where liquids, water, fuel or sea water are stored and can be moved from one tank to another in order to adjust and control the trim of the ship. This important function would be on demand from the bridge. Failure to have the ship in the correct trim could result in hull damage, perhaps a contributory factor at the Martha’s Vineyard partial grounding.

Although QE2 had desalination, she would also take on fresh water in some ports as it was cheaper to buy water than to desalinate. Perhaps Beardy Rich could add  a bit more clarification to this slide."

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From what I've heard out of Dubai, although I am unable to confirm for sure, the safety control room is still used as such these days albeit not for all the same functions and likely working with new systems installed in the conversion/rebuild. If this is 100% the case, it could still be manned as we speak...

Regardless though, great information and photo once again!
« Last Edit: May 03, 2020, 03:36 PM by Thomas Hypher »
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Many thanks to Brian and to Lynda ! That is a great photo ! Thanks, Thomas, for the info. That is great if the Safety Control Room is still being used !  :)
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Another photo and information from Brian Price

The Navigation Bridge


"On the left, the console contains controls for bow-thrusters, a small helm joystick, 2 x radar, bridge to TCR/engine room controls (far end on the starboard side).

In the centre of the picture is the main helm control, above the helm is a compass repeater. Also in the centre is the chart table and satnav console. On the right: exterior lighting, watertight door controls, and in the top right corner two switches to crash stop all air conditioning forward or aft in the event of fire."

Thanks again to Brian Price for making his collection of slides available to the QE2 Story
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Above the helm is the periscope for viewing the magnetic compass binnacle on the bridge roof, as isolated from interference as possible whilst still being useful.
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Great photo of the bridge as it was originally. The group of panels at the rear of the bridge stayed mostly the same all her service life and are also still in place today, including the Denny Brown stabiliser control panel.
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Many thanks to Brian, Lynda, and Thomas !  :)
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Offline Clydebuilt1971

"including the Denny Brown stabiliser control panel."

Tthe ship I am involved in restoring (The Second Snark) was used as a development test bed for this system during the nid 60s. She had stabiliser fins at one point but sadly no (known) pics exist of this - only the plated over slots hint at this use.

Great pics again from Brian once again - I have two presentations lined up with this collection (and hopefully some of the forum slide collection too) in 2021!

Gav
« Last Edit: May 05, 2020, 08:26 AM by Clydebuilt1971 »

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I thought modern day pics showed a different steering wheel than the original!

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I thought modern day pics showed a different steering wheel than the original!

Yes, the mini, spoked, "ships wheel" was replaced in the early 2000s (as far as I can deduce) with the current, plastic "toy car" steering wheel which has the rudder degrees marked on the unit where the wheel connects to the helm. Interestingly the mock up of the bridge in the lobby/old cruise terminal in Dubai uses a wheel very similar to the original - I'm not sure if it is actually the original steering wheel? Please see my attached video for reference.

« Last Edit: Mar 04, 2021, 08:45 AM by Rob Lightbody »
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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Tthe ship I am involved in restoring (The Second Snark) was used as a development test bed for this system during the nid 60s. She had stabiliser fins at one point but sadly no (known) pics exist of this - only the plated over slots hint at this use.

Gav

It would be interesting albeit overkill if she were refitted with the stabilisers!
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It would be interesting albeit overkill if she were refitted with the stabilisers!

Agreed however there would be no room left in her lower forward saloon!! :)

 

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