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Today 9th January in the year 1972 the Queen Elizabeth "caught fire" and was burnt out in HK harbour, a very sad day for a magnificent ship.
 

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Ah Well!
There is a little bit of her still surviving. I have an 'aluminium & perspex' main deck 'you are here' sign, (from her last stop at pier 92).. maybe I should scan it in...
 

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you are here sign from rms QE

Marcus Cardew said:
Ah Well!
There is a little bit of her still surviving. I have an 'aluminium & perspex' main deck 'you are here' sign, (from her last stop at pier 92).. maybe I should scan it in...
Marcus, I would love to see a picture of this sign , is this possible? I am the curator of the RMS QE Historical Society and have a very large collection of the ship including a full set(24 sheets) of hand drawn Do***entary Drawings of EVERY PART OF THE SHIP! (lines, shell plating, sheer profiles, full working deck plans etc.)
 

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A warm welcome rmsqe1, I served as an engineer on QE1 for many years, she was a pleasure to work on and the pay was good, never had a major breakdown or come to think of it a small one either,once had a hot bearing in the tunnel, but a hose pipe played on it kept it cool enough to keep going. Lost the vacuum once or twice but nothing serious. She was one of the greatest ships to ever sail the oceans.A happy new year to you.
 

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Thank you so much for your welcome R58484956 !!
If ever you feel like talking privately about your time and the work you did on the Lizzie - truly the worlds greatest ship- then I would love to hear from you as I am doing research for a future book on her. God bless, Ringo Varisco. Curator, RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
 

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rmsqe1 said:
Thank you so much for your welcome R58484956 !!
If ever you feel like talking privately about your time and the work you did on the Lizzie - truly the worlds greatest ship- then I would love to hear from you as I am doing research for a future book on her. God bless, Ringo Varisco. Curator, RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Delighted to hear that you are writing a book on this stunningly beautiful and supremely well engineered ship, put me down for an advance copy!!!!!!!
 

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I did a couple of trips on the QE in 1960 then trasfered to the Mary when she went into the drydock I worked in No 2 boiler room as a fireman the 3'rd on the watch was a very flambouant type he used to come into the boiler room with a spotless uniform jacket slung filmstar style over his shoulders and a white silk scarf student style round his neck
 

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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.
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Some of the dayworkers were painting out the engineers locker room, and he mentioned, that he was getting out in Southhampton to join some millionares yacht in the Meddie....think it would have suited his life style. (Each to his own)
 

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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 ?.
 

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My one and only Passenger job..on the beach in Southhampton, so gave the Old Lady a go..Jack was a decent guy, had an offsider, with him, a Ginger haired welsh guy, him and Jack used to run the dayworkers between them... Did a bit of time dayworking, and in one of the Gennie rooms (Greaser) had a Aussie Engineer?..Good memories though, Market Diner, and the dances' round at Seamans mission.
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I have recently been talking to someone who served on the QE during the war. How could he get in touch with you?
Thanks so much David, he can get in touch with me at Ringo Varisco, RMS Queen Elizabeth Historical Society, Muenchener Str. 137, 86633, Neuburg Donau, Germany or at email [email protected]
Would love to hear what stories he has to tell. best wishes Ringo.
 

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I sailed on QE on a westbound transatlantic in 1968, and through an acquaintance with Cunard contacts got a letter of introduction to Commodore Marr. He was kind enough to give me a top to bottom tour including letting me hold the helm for a brief time and having the staff captain show me the working alleyway and one of the engine rooms. Quite a thrill.
 

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I was on the QE in 1962/1964 in the Hospital. She was a good ship but not as frendly as the Mary. I still have the cuttinging and pictures of her on fire and ultimate demise in my shipping collection Bob
 

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Hi Former seafarers,
I am one of the old school who admired the design of ships of the 30s ,40s & 50s. In those day's they all had a proper nautical appearance,looked the way ships should look. I have been collecting 12O0 scale models for the past 14 years, my son buys them for me for birthdays and at xmas ( THESE ARE MY TOY'S) My favourites being the ,Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mary,QE 2, P S Waverley and The Royal Yacht Britannia. The Queen Elizabeth is by far one of the nicest ships that sailed the oceans, and it was a sad day when she caught fire in Hong Kong and became a total loss. Thank God for America, at least they had the sense to keep the Queen Mary alive and usefull.
Neil Maclachlan.
 
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