QE2 Radio Officer Holmes

Paul Braxton
5th October 2006, 12:20
Trying to trace the Chief R/O, I believe his name was Holmes from about 1970/71.

Met this fine gentleman when I was R/O on Port Line's "Port Lyttelton" tied up opposite the QE2 in Bridgetown, Barbados. He gave me a tour of the radio room (space-age stuff then) and I still remember the visit to this day. I in fact still have a copy of the ship's newspaper from that period which he kindly let me have.

If you're still out there, sir, or if anyone knows his present whereabouts, would like to get in touch. I believe he has a story to tell about picking up a transmission from the Queen Mary which had long since been defunct at the time he heard it.

Tony Selman
5th October 2006, 13:14
Paul, the QE2 would have been manned by Brocklebank R/O's at that time so you might want to post a copy of this message on that board. There are a lot of Brock's R/O's on that board, including me, and you might well come up with the contact. I was offered the job of 3R/O for the final building and initial voyages of QE2 in 1968 and turned it down, I have never made up my mind whether that was the right decision or not.

Cunarder
7th October 2006, 09:33
Paul - that would have been Alan Holmes. At that time he would have been relief Chief R/O - the incumbent was Don Butterworth. Other noteables would have been Phil Marriott, CC Connerty and others I can't recall!

I visited GBTT a few years back when she was in Sydney. Eric Bainger, who I had sailed with on the Cunard Princess, was the sole surviving "R/O" on board although his duties were vastly different to what we remember. The radio room had vanished and been re-engineered into something completely different, Eric's domain being a small cupboard like affair with some satellite up/downlink equipment etc. A far cry from the old days when there was 3 or 4 R/O's operating simultaneously.

Cheers

Paul Braxton
7th October 2006, 13:21
Thanks, guys. I'll certainly try the Brock connexion when I get time.

Alan Holmes. I wonder if anyone else has heard about the anomalous transmission that he mentioned from the Queen Mary? Can't remember where I heard about that one from. Probably from the internet somewhere. Something about long-delayed radio echoes probably.

Thanks again.

Paul

John Ringrose
5th June 2008, 13:37
Much later _ I know but Alan is on this site - His name is in the members list.

trotterdotpom
5th June 2008, 13:51
Thanks, guys. I'll certainly try the Brock connexion when I get time.

Alan Holmes. I wonder if anyone else has heard about the anomalous transmission that he mentioned from the Queen Mary? Can't remember where I heard about that one from. Probably from the internet somewhere. Something about long-delayed radio echoes probably.

Thanks again.

Paul

Paul, I've heard that story before - mentioned it somewhere, maybe this site, and it was poo pooed! Morse transmissions returning from the Twilight Zone?

John T.

Duncan112
5th June 2008, 20:52
Remember watching a film at sea called "Frequency" which dealt with the reception of old radio signals, the ETO at the time who was ex R/O said it was based on fact. A quick google has revealed nothing save reviews of the film though.

Not a bad film to while away a couple of hours.

Duncan.

Peter Eccleson
9th June 2008, 23:22
I think Alan retired up in the northwest of England somewhere..... Fleetwood?

KiwiSpark
7th March 2009, 07:25
I worked with Alan during my short tenure on the QE2. Others were Chris Connerty, Alan Burbage, Sandy (? apologies) and Gary - again apologies for forgetting surnames.

Last I heard Alan had retired, again not sure of where he actually is.

Robert S Hill
17th June 2014, 06:35
Hi guys, trying to QSO Alan Burbidge, ex QE2. Anyone know his contact details? Tks Robert Hill, ex Norwood and P&O