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Offline Twynkle

QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« on: Sep 26, 2009, 09:58 PM »
Louis

Did the crew have their own pool,
or at least the use of one - at special times?
Just thinking about how good it would have been to have had a swim
before / during / after a long hot working day,
and little space 'below' decks...   Rosie
 
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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #1 on: Sep 26, 2009, 10:38 PM »
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Did the crew have their own pool,
or at least the use of one - at special times?
Just thinking about how good it would have been to have had a swim
before / during / after a long hot working day,
and little space 'below' decks...   Rosie
  


On the World Cruise there was a container set on the Fwd section of the ship to be used as a pool.See photo below.The pool on Six Deck could be used by crew at night,there was a set timer for this and as long there is no passengers around.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ex-crewmember/3553628741/

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« Last Edit: Sep 26, 2009, 10:43 PM by Blue Bombay »

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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 2019, 01:21 PM »
Just coming back to this 10-year old topic to add a link to a wonderful photo in our gallery of the pool in use.  This is from the 70s.  It looks great, would be keen to know more about how it worked, and how much it meant to the crew etc.



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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #3 on: Dec 31, 2019, 07:02 PM »
It seems to be set into the forward cargo hold and must've been a pretty sturdy temporary structure given the weight of water involved even for a relatively small pool.

What is also interesting to see is the bow anchor in use and the general arrangement of the foredeck equipment as built with the telescopic foremast etc. It would seem the port side bow anchor and the bow anchor shared the same windlass which makes me wonder how they switched between them given the weight of each chain link being more than someone could lift etc etc. Also, could all three forward anchors be used at the same time? Not that it would've been needed or advisable to do so.
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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #4 on: Dec 31, 2019, 10:31 PM »
I remember a similar setup on the Sagafjord and Vistafjord, they had a specially designed insert that fitted into the forward cargo hatch. Another memory of that area on those ships is that the crew luggage was stored in part of the forward hold usually jammed into space around the spare propeller!

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 01, 2020, 04:58 AM »
Just so people can understand the photo better (and the lettering on the life raft lockers is no longer in reverse) I have enhanced & reversed the swimming pool photo.

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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #6 on: Jan 01, 2020, 10:54 AM »
I remember a similar setup on the Sagafjord and Vistafjord, they had a specially designed insert that fitted into the forward cargo hatch. Another memory of that area on those ships is that the crew luggage was stored in part of the forward hold usually jammed into space around the spare propeller!
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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #7 on: Jan 01, 2020, 11:23 AM »
It seems to be set into the forward cargo hold and must've been a pretty sturdy temporary structure given the weight of water involved even for a relatively small pool.

What is also interesting to see is the bow anchor in use and the general arrangement of the foredeck equipment as built with the telescopic foremast etc. It would seem the port side bow anchor and the bow anchor shared the same windlass which makes me wonder how they switched between them given the weight of each chain link being more than someone could lift etc etc. Also, could all three forward anchors be used at the same time? Not that it would've been needed or advisable to do so.

There were 3 anchors at the front, port, starboard and stem. P & S had their own windlasses and chains. Stem anchor was a spare and only had a short  lengths attached. Don't forget that the froward whistle was an add-on when the penthouse suites were added.
Crew pool was kept in Southampton and put into use during the cruising season when forward holds were not in use for cargo. It was very popular. Do not know when it was stopped being used permanently. Filled by fire hydrants and emptied daily.

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Re: QE2's Crew Pool on the bow
« Reply #8 on: Jan 01, 2020, 11:57 AM »
Thank you all - Rod just hit on exactly what I was wondering when I first saw this.  I couldn't figure out whether it folded up and was stored in the hold, or was left ashore somewhere.  From what Rod says it was a solid object (which makes sense given the huge weight of water it must have held) which presumably was craned on and off the ship?

Definitely interested to know what years it was used.  I do find myself wondering if this was the sort of thing that a strong, unionised crew were able to get arranged... ?
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 02, 2020, 11:27 AM »
I would say that it was taken off permanently early 70's.
It was a steel/fiberglass feature, un heated, un chlorinated as it was drained refilled most nights then when the cruise was over.....drain it, drop the lid (top hatch cover) on it, sail in and out of a frozen NYC rinse and repeat as they say.
Don't think that the unions had anything to do with it really. Just part of being a modern up to date ocean liner.