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Old 25th March 2007, 17:48
Kaskazi Kaskazi is offline  
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"one would hurdle over the gate to get amongst them" sounds very predatory doesn't it.
So that's what that gate was for! How considerate of Cunard - and I notice they added a couple of feet to it after you were there. Quite right too, 'cos there was no way us poor sods could compete with those smart uniforms you guys ran around in!
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Old 9th May 2009, 09:06
shaniac shaniac is offline  
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Jim Bird Liverpool

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Jack Humphries leading hand on a watch, as you say a big fellow, but also a very nice chap other names Kapper chief storekeeper, Jim Bird from Liverpool, H Dawkins both stores, Wally Pinchin LH and Jim Old LH. All good men wonder where they are today ?.
Hi there

I'm doing some research on behalf of my Mum who is Jim Bird's daughter. Did you know him? Unfortunately he died in the 60's. We are off to New York in June and were hoping to go to the Market Diner to see if there are any photos of him, do you know if the place still exists? Do you have any photos of him?
Would love to hear from you
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Old 14th November 2009, 23:26
SoniaNoton SoniaNoton is offline  
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My dad, Peter Noton worked on the Queen Elizabeth in the 60's. He's not computer savvy so i thought i'd come here on his behalf!
He remembers some of the names mentioned in this thread.
Dont know if anyone remembers him? He started as a greaser and worked up to engineer (i think, will have to double check with him)
He was a big Sinatra fan and says people will remember him for 'always singing'!
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Old 17th May 2014, 18:12
Bobgayton Bobgayton is offline
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The Lizzie

Originally Posted by Frank Holleran View Post
No disrespect to anyone...one of the engineers on the old Lizzie (mid sixties) was a shortish blond haired guy (shirt lifter) very flambouyant, didn't get on to well with old Jack Humphreys who was the Donkeyman, leader of the dayworking firemen (hard old bugger). Saw him drop three ABs in the working alley-way one day.

I remember Jack Humphreys well. A big bruiser of a man.
The Queen Elizabeth was my first ship, I joined her after the strike in 1966 as a fireman. I did quite a few trips to New York and a Medi cruise and Caribbean cruise on her.
I finished up as steering gear greaser so had a fifth of a mile hike to work each watch as we lived in the focs'l head. The working alleyway was a real culture shock with bookies, hawkers, sandwich sellers, craps games and all kinds of cherished jobs which must have been passed from father to son.
Happy days.
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Old 18th May 2014, 00:29
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good day trader,sm,21st october,2006,01:07.re:queen elizabeth.#21,i have been looking at old post's.and found your very good photo's of the queen elizabeth,its good that you have these,a reminder of when they built great liners,thanks for posting regards ben27
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Old 9th July 2015, 19:19
bobso bobso is offline  
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The Queen Mary had a lot of guy wires holding the funnels in place. Did the Queen Elizabeth have these as well or were they Free-standing Smokestacks?
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Old 10th July 2015, 04:42
nickwilson89 nickwilson89 is offline  
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My only time on the QE was in January 1974 as she was being broken up by Yau Wing Co. Since she was heavily listed to starboard I was only able to walk along the port side shell plating where I was able to get some good photo of the collapsed interior decks. My colleague, with the help of the salvors, got hold of the large, makers brass plate from the top of the forward capstan which he intended using to form the top of a coffee table. I left HK a few weeks later so never learned if he ever did
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Old 10th July 2015, 06:27
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Remember bringing her alongside in Cape Town, Duncan Dock, when I was an engineer on the tug TS McEwen. From what I can recall, she looked a bit sad and grubby, but still a beautiful ship. What a sad ending.

Prune juice shall set you free
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Old 10th July 2015, 15:11
Jeff Taylor Jeff Taylor is offline  
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QE had internally braced funnels--no external wires.
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Old 11th July 2015, 16:21
Steve Hogg Steve Hogg is offline  
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queen elizabeth

Was on board mv Priam the day the QE went on fire reportedly a number of fires started simultaneously .A sad end to an amazing ship.My wife and I took photos of the Star ferries taking fire engines out to her to assist but to no avail ,did she not roll over eventually,the correct way so to speak otherwise the container berths would have been blocked off.
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