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HAPPY BIRTHDAY QE2
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:46:16 am »

The QE2 was launched 50 years ago on 20th. September 1967  :-))
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 11:24:32 am »

And is now rotting away in Dubai!

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 12:21:56 pm »

And what a good looking ship O0 <:(


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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2017, 01:20:01 pm »


And is now rotting away in Dubai!

Colin


I doubt she'll be "rotting" in that dry heat...............rusting and shabby yes, ridiculously painted, yes...........but rotting maybe a little strong.


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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 01:30:57 pm »

Nope, there is considerable humidity and mould is spreading within the accommodation areas. If you check out some of the websites on the ship you will see that she is deteriorating badly. Initially they kept onboard power going by rotating the ship's diesel engines and maintaining the vessel in good condition with a squad of maintenance people but now I think there are just a couple of watchmen and significant damage has been done to the interior. I seem to recall that she cannot be sold, for either service or scrapping for 10 years under the sale terms agreed with Cunard and the assumption is that when this is up she will be scrapped.

So not a happy birthday really.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 02:23:21 pm »


didn't realise that colin.......thought it was searing dry heat out there, like mid Australia......such a shame for a beautiful old venerable ship


as you say, like an old codger with gangrene.......not a happy birthday at all. <:( <:( <:(


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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 03:22:06 pm »

My grandfather took my mum and uncle to the launch they were lucky enough to
Of got tickets. My grandmother went ballistic when she found out as he had taken the day off
And took them out of school for the day.... she was not amused and always cast it up when ever the QE2
Was on the tv  {-)
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2017, 05:01:50 pm »

Good for him! When I was about 11 years old I would sometimes skip school for a day and my Dad would take me down to Southampton on a steam train from Surbiton and we would walk down to the docks. When one of the Queens was in you could get a docks pass to view the ship from the Ocean Terminal but in fact, once through the dock gate you could go anywhere you liked unchallenged. (innocent days!). I saw many of the famous ocean liners alongside and sailing, there ware also the cross channel ferries, banana boats, freighters and interesting ships in dry dock, including on one occasion a Tribal class frigate. We'd finish off by taking the ferry over to Hythe Pier for fish and chips in the cafe.

It was fascinating and sparked my interest in all things nautical. It was quite something when over 50 years later we sailed on QM2 from the Ocean Dock where  the old Queens (and indeed the Titanic) sailed from.

My educashun didn't suffer as a result! But my life experience was definitely enhanced.

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