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Offline David Rhenow

Dave Rhenow Introduction
« on: Jan 24, 2020, 12:58 AM »
Thanks for adding me.  I only saw the QE2 once but it was a memorable experience. In the mid 90's I was living on the island of Guam when I heard the news that the QE2 would be coming to the island. The stop was a last-minute change because of a volcanic eruption in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, which was the original destination. Guam had no cruise industry and was not used to large passenger ships coming into port, so it was a big deal. First, my friends and I went out to a point at the entrance to the commercial harbor and watched her come in.  Then we went into the port and watched the passengers leaving the ship.  I was surprised that we were able to walk right up to the ship and the gangway. The size was just unbelievable.  Recently I was just curious to see if anyone else had memories or photos online of this event and I haven't been able to find anything.  I was wondering if there is any official documentation of destinations. My photos are stamped May 1995 on the back but I may not have developed the film right away.  I did confirm that the Rabaul volcano erupted in 1994-1995.
Thanks,

Dave

Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #1 on: Jan 24, 2020, 09:53 AM »
Welcome to the forum David and thanks for posting your introduction.  Looking forward to hearing more about your memories of the QE2's visit to Guam. I am sure forum members would love to see your QE2 photos if you would like to post them.  Here's hoping someone on the forum has the information you are looking for, on when QE2 visited the island. 
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Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #2 on: Jan 24, 2020, 03:34 PM »
Welcome, David, to The QE2 Story Forum.  This is indeed the place to be for all things QE2, and I hope you will explore The Forum and find much information that will be of interest to you.  It must have been amazing to see QE2 come into port as you did, and if you can, I/we would absolutely love to see photos and also to hear more.  June   :)
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Offline David Rhenow

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2020, 12:56 AM »
I uploaded some photos and labeled them Guam, not sure if I did it right.

Offline Lynda Bradford

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #4 on: Jan 28, 2020, 10:04 AM »
I uploaded some photos and labeled them Guam, not sure if I did it right.

Hello David, thank-you so much for adding your photos to the Gallery as they really add to your story.  I hope you don't mind that I moved the photos from the "Exterior Features" album to the "QE2 in Location" album as this better describes that the ship was in location in Guam. 

I love the photo of the passengers being welcomed by locals and as you said in your introduction it was fantastic that people were allowed right up close to the gangway. 



I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #5 on: Jan 28, 2020, 10:22 PM »
What a fantastic picture, Dave! It must have been such an exciting day, and your photo shows how pleased the islanders were to welcome QE2 and her passengers.

I hope we can find out exactly when this happened, so that this very special occasion can be included in the QE2 timeline of events. It would be brilliant if you could tell us some more about your own memories of the day, and if you have some more photos, I would love to see them!

Offline Sam Warwick

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #6 on: Feb 24, 2020, 01:58 AM »
Welcome Dave,

QE2's maiden call to Guam was 18 February 1995. The ship called for the second and final time on 27 February 2004.

A little piece of Cunard/Guam trivia. Two ex-Cunard ships ended their days as shipwrecks in Guam, Caronia (2) and Scotia (1).
https://www.linerwrecks.com/cunard/wrecks/caronia_2.html
https://www.linerwrecks.com/cunard/wrecks/scotia_1.html

Sam

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Dave Rhenow Introduction
« Reply #7 on: Feb 24, 2020, 11:49 AM »
Thank you very much, Sam, for giving us the definitive date. And she called only one more time!

What a wonderful topic you started, David, I am so glad you got in touch :) .

Dates and links now added to the QE2 timeline of maiden calls and final calls :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?topic=1824.0
« Last Edit: Feb 24, 2020, 07:05 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »