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DLongly



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Cunard Line

Alongside Northumbrian Quay, River Tyne on 8th October 2008
· Date: Sat, 30 March 19 · Views: 309
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Keywords: Queen Elizabeth 2
Location photo was taken: River Tyne
Date photo was taken: 8 October 2008
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Bno
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Sat, 30 March 19 07:26

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IMO 6725418 , Call Signal YJVW , Flag Vanuata.
Class : ex Lloyds Register.
Ship Type : Passenger / Cruise Ship (Passenger 1.793 Max 1.892)
Dim : L x B - 293.5 / 270.4 x 32.1 mtr.
Built in 1969 by Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Co Ltd Clydebank Scotland United Kingdom as " QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 " for Owner / Manager : Cunard Line Ltd Southamton United Kingdom.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 65.863 / --.--- / 15.976.
Machinery : Brown-Pemetrada Steam Turbine (HP+LP) - 2 x 55.000 Shp (25.5 / Max 32.5 kn ).
Main Boiler : 3 x Foster Wheeler E.S.D II.

1982 Took part in the Falkland War as Troop Carrier.
1987 Re engined by Lloyds Werft AG Bremerhaven Germany.

New Main Generators : MAN-B&W 9L58/64 - 9 x 10.624 kw.
Emerg.Gen : 2 x kw.
Propulsion : Diesel Electric GEC Electric Motors - 2 x 44.000 kw.

1994 Rebuilt by Blohm & Voss AG Hamburg Gemany.Multimillon refurbishment.

New Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 70.327 / 37.182 / 15.976.

1996 Rebuilt by A&P Group Southamton United Kingdom.
1998 Cunard Line was accquired by Carnival Corporation Inc Miami Fl USA.
2007 Sold to Palm Jumeria /Isitmar Invest Dubai United Emirates for delivery November 2008.
2008 Transferred to QE2 Enterprise Ltd (V.Ship Leisure SAM Monte Carlo Monaco as manager ) Southampton United Kingdom.
2009 Sold to DW Legend Co FZE ( Same manager ) Port Vila Vanuata.
2012 New manager : Platinium Yacht Management LLC Dubai United Arab Emirates.
2013 Sold/Transfered to QE2 Shipping LLC ( Same manager ) Port Vila Vanuata.

Hotel Ship Dubai Unted Arab Emirates..





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DLongly

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Sat, 30 March 19 11:18

Thanks Bno for the detailed info you have added. Derek

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Sea Princess
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Sat, 30 March 19 18:48

Oh how we miss her.


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CliveH
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Sat, 30 March 19 19:24

Haven't the new Cunard ships really taken her place now?
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dearev
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Sat, 30 March 19 19:29

No, they have not. QM2 is not a match in terms of aesthetics and the other two are simply ugly verandah buildings.
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Dartskipper

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Sun, 31 March 19 04:13

I think the fatter funnel added after her big refit and installation of diesel engines suited her better than the rather inconspicuous original. Maybe the change of funnel colour to traditional Cunard red and black also helped.

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CliveH
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Sun, 31 March 19 05:23

Oh no, no way! To my eyes at least, as built she was beautiful and her funnel was an elegant design that perfectly complimented her mast. I understood the need for the re-engining but the new and enlarged funnel was a visual disaster. It wasn't even really a 'new' funnel but was cobbled together using parts of the original. A wholly new design of funnel would have been a better idea.
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FG86
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Sun, 31 March 19 15:14

I Last week I visited QE2 at Dubai, I was expecting it to be a sad disaster, however I was blown away by the progress they have made, still work in progress but a really tasteful and elegant conversion to her new hotel status. The majority of original fittings are in place or such as ships models and library now open to view within the entrance building. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the displays.
Onboard the rooms, corridors and venues are still original, all spruced up and all functional, the Chart house bar is running just as it did 20 yrs ago, likewise the Lido restaurant and Grills are now open. Most welcome is the employment of original QE2 staff or people with links to the ship, they are passionate about her and guide and talk about the vessel at every turn. There is more work to do however they are sensibly taking their time and getting it right. They have removed the ships boats to make space and clear the windows of teh suites/cabins, the boats now form a guard of honour along the entrance road, this area still requires grassing and tiding up however the boats are in place. I will post some images soonest.
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Graham the pipe

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Sun, 31 March 19 15:18

Great news FG86. Please keep us all posted.
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CliveH
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Sun, 31 March 19 16:23

Sorry FG86 but what you are seeing is far, far from being original fixtures and fittings. The Queen Elizabeth 2 went through many refits and refurbishments during her career. As a consequence what she looked like internally when she entered service in 1969 and what she looked like when she was retired from the Cunard fleet are like two totally different ships.
I have seen pictures of what she looks like now and indeed, like most people, I am surprised at how her transformation has been handled.
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Sea Princess
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Sun, 31 March 19 19:03

Clive you may well be right, however, I can see where FG86 is coming from.

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FG86
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Mon, 1 April 19 12:14

Thanks for your comments Clive, I was as surprised as anyone, I have visited many commercial ships over the years, some in lay-up others maintained by well meaning but failing trusts or volunteers. I expected QE2 to be damp, soulless and in a lingering condition, certainly according to previous comments on various sites. The condition she is in now (last week) is quite incredible, I'm sure some of the fittings are not original, however ships are like 'triggers broom', he's had it for twenty years; its had ten new shafts and nine new heads!
The ship is little changed from the time she ended her final cruise and arrived in Dubai. I have never suggested she is presented as was built in 1969, maybe my fault for using the word 'original' without a caveat.
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CliveH
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Mon, 1 April 19 13:30

FG86 for reasons I cannot explain the QE2 failed to work any magic on me, I was not captivated by her. I sailed on her just once, in 1983, on a trans Atlantic crossing. It was my first visit to America, so there was a certain degree of excitement about the voyage and I cannot deny that I did not have fun on board. I was also delighted to see that most of her public rooms really were still furnished and decorated in truly the original style - though some of it was looking rather tired. Of course, back then she was still a steamship and it was exciting to be racing across the Atlantic at 28 knots. The standard of food and service left a lot to be desired and for me the ship just did not seem to have that special quality that made me want to return to her. During all that time she sat quietly in Dubai I just wondered when they'd send her off to the scrap yard. I was amazed they didn't and from the many pictures I have seen I am impressed but what has been done to her to ensure that she has a viable new role. It is interesting that the three significant large Atlantic liners that have been preserved each has been handled differently. May they all have long and enjoy successful lives - well, the Queen Mary has already.
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Mon, 1 April 19 14:54

Yes, lets hope so, I briefly boarded the United States in Norfolk many years ago (1985), a very depressing sight with lifeboats rotting on the deck, I believe she is now gutted however every project with her seems to falter. I expect the Dutch will ensure Rotterdam is maintained at a high standard. I believe the Queen Mary is in a critical condition and needs some significant investment. I fear seeing the QM broken up at her berth is becoming more likely, that will be a sad site, I cant imagine for a moment she will gain a safe permit to tow.

later I will post my next 6 images of QE2.
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