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QUEEN OF BERMUDA rebuilding

QUEEN OF BERMUDA rebuilding

Getting her new funnel.

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Great shot, that streamlined funnel really enhanced her appearance.

Clyde (cunard61)
 

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QOB arrived at H&W yard Belfast in mid-actober 1961 to spend five months being extensively refitted and rebuilt at a cost of $4.2 million. Her three funnels were removed as were the eight original Babcock & Wilcox boilers. No. 1 Boiler room was left vacant and three new D-Type Foster Wheeler boilers were fitted into No. 2 boiler room. Only one uptake was required so a new streamlined aluminium funnel was fitted. In the former No. 1 boiler room and funnel casing was taken over by a full airconditioning system, FW generators as well as two diesel driven emergency generators.

Crew accommodation was upgraded and improved. A large new aluminium hose was fitted above the bridge to house a new wireless room... that had previously been located inside the dummy No. 3 funnel. Her mainmast was shortened by 15 feet. The upper part of her stem was cut away and a new curved and raked stem fitted, adding 8 feet to her overall length. The 16 original mahogany lifeboats were replaced by 14 new glass fibre boats. Passenger numbers were raised to 735 all First Class and crew numbered 422.

She left the yard on 23 March 1962, ran trials of Arran then sailed Belfast to New York to resume her weekly service to Bermuda.

She was still beautiful but locally, the single funnel was something of a disappointment. Thaankfully the two sets of original tripple chime whistles from the first and second funnel were both mounted onto the new funnel... her 'voice' remained unchanged.

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It was so unfortunate she lasted only about 4 years after that. I went to see her at Faslane when she was lying there waiting breaking up.
 

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Interesting that the refit was as "recent" as 1961 ( in terms of the nearness to the demise of traditional liner routes) - But take it that the 735 "First Class" passengers were still (mainly) berthed in basic (rather than facility) cabins?
 

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