Author Topic: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding  (Read 22606 times)

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Offline Howie

Re: QE2 on the rocks, parts of prop blades
« Reply #60 on: Aug 21, 2018, 09:35 AM »
no damage to prop blades?  I remember  that we had a spare set of blades at the warehouse & the frames that the blades were housed in had to be un welded as there was always a worry of the blades being stolen so the frames were welded together, then these blades were air freighted to the USA if I can recall correctly or somewhere ?. Cunard always were good up covering up the whole story, just like when the helicopter crashed in to top deck after it was delivering newspapers to the ship & had to be craned of in Southampton...
maybe I am wrong & it might of been another occurrence, but one thing I am sure of these were off the QE2 & were damaged in an accident.

Online pete cain

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #61 on: Feb 04, 2019, 03:58 PM »
https://owlcation.com/humanities/QE2
  midway down this article interesting  photo of QE2 I've never seen before with oil boom surrounding. havn't read any of it yet, so cannot comment.

Offline Rod

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #62 on: Feb 04, 2019, 06:52 PM »
One of the reasons I hate reading articles about QE2 are the innaccuracies contained within them. That article was no exception. I am not going to list them, but suffice to say there are a few places where they are "economical with the truth" to make the article more readable? more sellable? I don't know. I have known this for some time, basically since I read an article about the ships boiler problems in Bermuda. One article I read made it hard to believe they were talking about QE2! So I tend to take all news stories with a grain of salt. As Bob Dolley used to say...."Believe half of what you see, and, nothing of what you read!"
Also something in the article led me to Robs pics on Flikr....same story for me there, scared to open and read because of what I might see.
Rob, no disrespect intended, the pics were great.
BUT, having left the ship Christmas '88 many places, to me at least were unrecognizable! And that in itself makes me kinda sad.

Online pete cain

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #63 on: Feb 04, 2019, 08:41 PM »
Rod
 thanks for putting the record straight, it was the photo that got my attention having never seen it before.
I don't do Flikr 'n'all that stuff, but am glad you do & referred to it, it's only correct & proper that Rob should get the public record- that isn't mentioned in the item.

Offline Laurence Macdonald

Grounding of QE2 7 August 1992
« Reply #64 on: Jun 17, 2019, 11:35 PM »
Anyone on board for that incident?
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Offline Laurence Macdonald

Re: Grounding of QE2 August 8 1992
« Reply #65 on: Jun 17, 2019, 11:37 PM »
My wife and I were on board when this event happened. Only 70 miles from our home. We were on Canada/New England Cruyise when this happened.

Online Chris Thompson

Re: Grounding of QE2 7 August 1992
« Reply #66 on: Jun 18, 2019, 12:10 AM »
On the way to join the Vistafjord I saw the Daily Mail front page travelling through Heathrow.....
« Last Edit: Jun 18, 2019, 10:23 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

Online Andy Holloway

Re: Grounding of QE2 7 August 1992
« Reply #67 on: Jun 18, 2019, 09:57 AM »
On the way to join the Vistafjord I saw the Daily Mail front page travelling through Heathrow.....

Dear old Vista;  were you London Casinos?
« Last Edit: Jun 18, 2019, 10:23 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

Online Chris Thompson

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #68 on: Jun 18, 2019, 11:48 AM »
Hi Andy, yes I was with London Clubs Ltd......

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #69 on: Jun 18, 2019, 01:19 PM »
I was onboard
 :D

Louis, what was it like at the time? What were you doing, and how soon did you realise this was serious?

Offline Laurence Macdonald

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #70 on: May 27, 2020, 12:47 AM »
My wife Janet and I were on board the QE2 when the grounding took place. Cabin 4073 right over where the damage was done to the hull. At the time we lived in Newton MA, about 70 miles from where we grounded. Quite an experience. We still have a copy of the US Coast Guard and NTSB report. This did not dissuade us from sailing QE2. We went on to sail 18 Cruise on QE2, 5 Crossings on QE2, including the Tandem Crossing with QM2 in April 2004, we returned on QM2. The last voyage of QE2 as Flagship and The first voyage of QM2 as Flagship. We have since crossed on QM2 7 more times. Due to COVID-19, this years trip was cancelled, we have 2 crossings booked for 2021. Out first voyage on QE2 was in 1985. Our first crossing was in 1990. QE2 was family. I am now in my 80s. my wife is in her late 70s. Next year could well be our last crossings. We much prefer the crossings over cruises. Cunard has treated us very well over years. We have many many friends, passengers, officers, and crew. Thank you Cunard!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #71 on: May 27, 2020, 08:32 AM »
Thank you, Laurence, for sharing your experience of the grounding with us! That must have been quite an adventure. What did it feel like in your cabin? At least you did not have far to go in order to get home :) .

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #72 on: May 27, 2020, 09:35 AM »
Good to know that the grounding did not discourage you from sailing on QE2 and continuing to sail with Cunard.  I agree that Cunard generally treat you well and hope it is not too long until we are cruising again.

It would be good to hear more of your memories of the grounding experience.  Were you moved to another cabin?
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Online Andy Holloway

Re: QE2's 1992 Martha's Vineyard Grounding
« Reply #73 on: May 27, 2020, 05:07 PM »
My wife Janet and I were on board the QE2 when the grounding took place. Cabin 4073 right over where the damage was done to the hull. At the time we lived in Newton MA, about 70 miles from where we grounded. Quite an experience. We still have a copy of the US Coast Guard and NTSB report. This did not dissuade us from sailing QE2. We went on to sail 18 Cruise on QE2, 5 Crossings on QE2, including the Tandem Crossing with QM2 in April 2004, we returned on QM2. The last voyage of QE2 as Flagship and The first voyage of QM2 as Flagship. We have since crossed on QM2 7 more times. Due to COVID-19, this years trip was cancelled, we have 2 crossings booked for 2021. Out first voyage on QE2 was in 1985. Our first crossing was in 1990. QE2 was family. I am now in my 80s. my wife is in her late 70s. Next year could well be our last crossings. We much prefer the crossings over cruises. Cunard has treated us very well over years. We have many many friends, passengers, officers, and crew. Thank you Cunard!
It sounds like we could have been on a couple of cruises together over the years, all be it not necessarily 'dining' in the same restaurant! Well unless i was hosting table of course.
I was that 'grumpy' Security Officer who wouldn't let you disembark in NY until US Authorities said so, despite most passengers being close 'friends' of every Congressman & Senator, and their sons being Lawyers!
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 05:21 PM by Rob Lightbody »

 

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