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QE2's 8 - 13 May 1994 Southampton to New York crossing was designated as her official Silver Anniversary Crossing to mark the 25th Anniversary of her first crossing to New York (2 - 7 May 1969).

The Central Office of Information sent a photographer (Alan Chandler) on that voyage and below are some portraits he captured - of Commodore Bil Warwick who was sailing with his son Ron. And of Commodore Burton-Hall who was in command that trip.

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Re: Silver Anniversary Portraits
« Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2020, 01:16 PM »
The COI hired a helicopter to capture QE2's departure from New York on 13 May - here are some of Alan Chandler's shots.
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Re: Silver Anniversary Portraits
« Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2020, 01:24 PM »
Wonderful historic photos, including of the Captain's (main) Cabin and Office just inside from the bit beneath the bridge and now sadly history in Dubai.
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Re: Silver Anniversary Portraits
« Reply #3 on: Jun 11, 2020, 02:49 PM »
Incredible and historic photos, in all sorts of ways.

I enjoyed a captains cocktail party in his office in August 2008 with my mum.  There was a very nice swell going, and we had to hold onto that table on the right with one hand, and our drink with the other!  Then in 2011 I was Captain Cooper's guest, the room was unchanged, and we enjoyed coffee and a chat.
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Re: Silver Anniversary Portraits
« Reply #4 on: Jun 11, 2020, 03:37 PM »
Excellent photos.  I love the pictures of QE2 leaving New York
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 11, 2020, 03:41 PM »
This one was also part of the set

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 11, 2020, 04:30 PM »
Some of the cooling fans of one of the electric motors, if I recall correctly?
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 11, 2020, 05:10 PM »
I remember walking down those steps on the left and suddenly realising what I was looking at there, amazing.
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Re: Silver Anniversary Portraits
« Reply #8 on: Jun 12, 2020, 10:37 PM »
Absolutely wonderful and awe-inspiring photos ! Many thanks, Michael, for sharing them !
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Looking at the timeline of QE2 events reminded me that in May 1994 QE2 celebrated her Silver Anniversary crossing. 

Last year Michael Gallagher gave us the opportunity to view the above set of photos to commemorate the occasion.

QE2's 8 - 13 May 1994 Southampton to New York crossing was designated as her official Silver Anniversary Crossing to mark the 25th Anniversary of her first crossing to New York (2 - 7 May 1969).

The Central Office of Information sent a photographer (Alan Chandler) on that voyage and below are some portraits he captured - of Commodore Bil Warwick who was sailing with his son Ron. And of Commodore Burton-Hall who was in command that trip.


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Just noticed the framed photo of HMS Edinburgh (the last Type 42 built and to serve in the Royal Navy - Argentina still has one albeit repurposed) above Commodore John Burton-Hall at his desk. HMS Edinburgh being easily identifiable amongst the Batch 3 42s because of the bulwarks at her bow, and on further research it shows her early in her life specifically as she had a Phalanx CIWS mounted between the Sea Dart launcher and the 4.5 inch gun which I didn't know until just now! Unfortunately even the bow of a Batch 3 (lengthened for better seakeeping over the Batch 1 and 2 42s and shipping less sea over the bow as a result), even with Edinburgh's added bulwarks, proved too wet for the Phalanx CIWS in the bow position hence the standard location on either side of the superstructure throughout the Royal Navy 42s when retrofitted post Falklands.

However, to get to my question, I wonder if Commodore Burton-Hall hung this picture specifically as he is RNR and I wonder if he spent time onboard HMS Edinburgh as part of RNR service? I've always liked the sleek look of the 42s!
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