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Old 25 November 2008, 16:38   #21
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the new QM2 is still definitely a liner and pretty spectacular bit of kit! Not that I've been on her but saw the film on Discovery channel and seen her on the water.

I about the QE2's funnel being stripped off too. My reaction was that taking the funnel off really destroys the ship's lines - it will turn her into little more than a hulk to look at. Like stripping the masts from a sailing ship

Well they claim she is still a liner but she is more of a cruise ship - she wasn't really built to carry passengers across the Atlantic at the highest speed possible.
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Old 25 November 2008, 17:42   #22
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Aah, that Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Fond memories for us all. I used to work with an ex-crew member who had the dubious honour of being beached by Capt. Warwick. He had spent the night (and some of the next day) sampling the mysterious delights of an exotic dancer in Florida and failed to make the sailing.

Anyway, other than stuffing her and mounting her in Hyde park, what would you guys rather have done with her - the QEII? Display in Southhampton/Deep6/Imperial War Museum?
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Old 25 November 2008, 19:41   #23
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My other half was on the QE2 not long ago when it was here, and said it looked very tired and smelled funny, so not really matching the regal image any more
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Old 26 November 2008, 07:51   #24
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Now they say they are ripping out decks and even removing the funnels to make high rise pent houses - sacrilege!!!
I do agree- if that is the case....

But knowing how mis- reported a certian incident on the Clyde was by the press, I do wonder just how much truth there is in that story? (I suspect some journalist heard some random person on the quayside say "they'll probably cut the funnel off...." - then add a bit of reporting exageration!)

Time will inevitably tell.....
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I do agree- if that is the case....

But knowing how mis- reported a certian incident on the Clyde was by the press, I do wonder just how much truth there is in that story? (I suspect some journalist heard some random person on the quayside say "they'll probably cut the funnel off...." - then add a bit of reporting exageration!)

Time will inevitably tell.....
I do hope it's the media getting it wrong again.

the original press release from the company involved said this

"Istithmar said its refurbishment programme will aim to recreate QE2’s original interior décor and fittings. QE2 at The Palm Jumeirah will also include a museum celebrating the rich history of the ship."
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When on board this summer there were a few teams measuring up certain areas and drawing certain plans.

From a well informed source I have been told the funnel will be taken off, and will act as a walk through entrance to the ship! It will most probably be replaced with a replica, glass funnel that will host a number of penthouse suites.

Apart from that, we'll just have to wait and see I guess.
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My other half was on the QE2 not long ago when it was here, and said it looked very tired and smelled funny, so not really matching the regal image any more
I don't know Her Majesty is getting on a bit herself... if she is like most 80-odd year olds she will also smell funny and look tired!
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Anyway, other than stuffing her and mounting her in Hyde park, what would you guys rather have done with her - the QEII? Display in Southhampton/Deep6/Imperial War Museum?
I'd have plugged her up and blasted her into orbit for use as the new space station .. for a better standard of space living .. plus theres no sandbanks up there for the cap'n to hit
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I have had breakfast, lunch & tea on the QE 2.
I supplied my Rib for security work when there was a terrorist threat
to the two Queens, not bad £ 300 a day for me & the Rib including all meals,
What we where going to do if we had a humane torpedo coming towards the
Ship I don't know, piss of back to Hythe as quick as possible.

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