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Online Lynda Bradford

Oct 1988 QE2 near miss on the Solent
« on: May 06, 2021, 06:17 PM »
The Southern Evening Echo of 7 October 1988 praised the skill of Captain Bennell for avoiding an accident when a freak 72 knot gust of wind caught the ship as she made a sharp turn to port off Cowes. 

Cunardqueen, who was onboard ship at the time of the incident kept these newspaper clippings.



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Offline BlueSparky

Re: Oct 1988 QE2 near miss on the Solent
« Reply #1 on: Oct 28, 2022, 08:32 PM »
My first night on board. Remember the ship shuddering then the phone going in the radio room. I heard “this is the BBC, we hear you nearly ran in to the Isle of Wight, can we speak to the bridge please…” 😂😂

Online cunardqueen

Re: Oct 1988 QE2 near miss on the Solent
« Reply #2 on: Oct 28, 2022, 10:57 PM »
Other than a slightly windy departure , and seeing a small bird on deck "resting" we didn't realise anything was a miss.
The last phrase , summed up how the Bay was for us , giving us value for money   
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

 

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