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Remember the Glory days of British Travel?

November 11, 2008

We already said goodbye to one of the greatest british travel and transport icons, Concorde.

Concorde was a design way ahead of its time. You knew you had made it, when you could fly across the Atlantic in Concorde.

However, there was another element of transport, the QE2, how many people could boast, they had flown supersonic to New York then sailed in style back to the UK on the QE2.? Not that many.

Now the QE2 is finally retiring, so this magnificent duo, are now both retired.

The question is, has the UK now retired?

Andy
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QE2, goodbye, but wheres our stuff?

November 11, 2008

After some research, I had a look at what is actually onboard the QE2, the question I want to know, is will these be returned to Cunard or were they sold along with the ship. Of course these items do not belong to the British people, but as you will see from the comprehensive list (thanks to WIKI), there are alot which certainly mean something to the British people

The Queen Elizabeth 2 holds pieces of artwork, as well as maritime artifacts drawn from Cunard’s long history of operating merchant vessels.

Althea Wynne’s sculpture of the White Horses of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bronze busts of Sir Samuel Cunard (outside the Yacht Club) and Queen Elizabeth II (in the Queen’s Room).

The Princess Grill holds four life-size statues of human forms representing the four elements, done by sculptor Janine Janet in marine materials like shell and coral.

The Chart Room’s frieze was designed by Brody Nevenshwander, and depicts the words of T. S. Eliot, Sir Francis Drake, and John Masefield.

The Midships Lobby holds a solid silver model of the Queen Elizabeth 2 made by Asprey of Bond Street in 1975, that was lost until a photograph was found in 1997 that led to the discovery of the model itself, and its placement on the QE2 in 1999.

In “E” stairway hangs three custom designed tapestries, commissioned from Helena Barynina Hernmarck for the ship’s launch, that depict the Queen as well as the launch of the ship. These tapestries, which were originally hung in “D” Stairway, Quarter Deck, outside the Columbia Restaurant, were damaged, and one thrown overboard, in 2005, as mentioned in the Service history (above). They were originally made with golden threads however much of this was lost when they were cleaned incorrectly as part of the 1987 refit.

There are also numerous photographs, oils and pastels of members of the Royal Family throughout the vessel, and silver plaques commemorating the visits of every member of the Royal Family, as well as other dignitaries like South African president Nelson Mandela.

Amongst the artifacts on board is a set of antique Japanese armour presented to the QE2 by the Governor of Kagoshima, Japan, during her 1979 world cruise, and a Wedgwood vase presented to the ship by Lord Wedgwood.

From previous Cunard ships are a brass relief plaque with a fish motif from the RMS Mauretania, as well as an Art Deco bas-relief titled Winged Horse and Clouds, by Norman Foster for the RMS Queen Elizabeth. There is also a vast array of Cunard postcards, porcelain, flatware, boxes, linen, and Lines Bros Ltd Tri-anic model ships. One of her key pieces is a replica of the figurehead from Cunard’s first ship, the RMS Britannia, carved from Quebec yellow pine by Cornish sculptor Charles Moore, and presented to the ship by Lloyds of London. On Upper Deck sits the silver Boston Commemorative Cup, presented to the Britannia by the City of Boston in 1840. This cup was lost for decades until being found in a pawn shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On “2” Deck is a bronze entitled Spirit of the Atlantic which was designed by Barney Seale for the second Mauretania. A large wooden plaque was presented to the QE2 by First Sea Lord Sir John Fieldhouse to commemorate the ship’s service in the Falklands War.

There is also an extensive collection of large scale models of Cunard ships throughout the QE2

So, will we now only be able to see these in the Museum onbaord the hotel in Dubai, once again, answers on a postcard please

Andy
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So long and farewell to the QE2

November 11, 2008

It’s a sad day not just for Southampton, but for the whole of the UK when we say farewell to the QE2.

Not only is it a sad day that this glorious cruise ship is sailing away for its last ever cruise, many of us are also sad, why once again, a company gets rid of such a beauty.  It’s also a shame that no UK investor decided to purchase the ship for a hotel, even though the business case has been proved by America, with the Queen Mary now resident of Long beach.

People wonder why the British no longer have an Empire, it’s because we do not want to take any financial risks or promote ourselves any more.

If you have a different view, answers on  a postcard please

Andy
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Last meeting of the Three Cunard Queens

April 23, 2008

The Three grand luxury Cunard liners have met in the port of Southampton for the first and final time.

Cunard’s “Queens” consisting of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 all lined up in Southampton for the meeting.

What was special about this meeting?  It’s the first time all three queens have ever been together at their home port.  Ironically, it’s also the last time, as the Queen Elizabeth 2 will retire this year, and undergo a refit before being moved to Dubai to become a floating hotel and museum.

Southampton residents and fans from around the country took part in the celebration, with fans arriving hours before the meeting to obtain the best vantage points, to view the proceedings.

To any person skeptical of the importance of the cruise industry and its value both to Southampton and to Great Britain as a whole, need only glance at the passion and splendor of the event to realise the cruise industry is a serious player in the UK holiday business.

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Andy
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3 Cunard Queens meet in Southampton

April 17, 2008

On April 22 the three queens of the Cunard cruise fleet meet in Southampton, Cunard’s home port.

The three queens, The Queen Mary 2, The Queen Victoria and of course the QE2 will all meet to salute the QE2 as she celebrates her 39th year since she entered service.

Cunard are giving people plenty of information on vantage points to view this occasion. The ships will be sounding their whistles to bid the Queen Mary 2 bon voyage on her first transatlantic crossing of the year. The Queen Victoria will then leave to head to Iberia and the Canaries for her first voyage to this region. The QE2 will remain behind as she is scheduled for a refit before her final year of service before being converted in a hotel and museum in Dubai.

The QE2, one of the most famous ships in the world, and for 35 years the flagship of the Cunard fleet, was launched by Her Majesty at Clydebank on 20 September 1967 – forty years ago last year.

Later this year, in June, Her Majesty the Queen, will bid farewell to the QE2 before she travels to Dubai. In November 2008, when QE2 finally leaves Cunard service, the QE2 will have travelled over 5.6 million nautical miles, more than any ship ever and carried over 2.5 million guests. The ship would have also completed 25 World Cruises; and has crossed the Atlantic 802 times.

Andy
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