Ahoy from the QE2 Story Team 


QE2 Cabins

The June Photo Competition’s theme "QE2 and her Cabins" will generate a lot of memories of QE2’s stateroom accommodation.  So whether you were in a basic inside cabin, a luxury suite or somewhere in between, we would love to see your three best photos entered in the competition  Have a look at the instructions and enter before the competition closes on 30 June 2016.  There is an excellent prize of John Jochimsen's book, "Through the Lens of a Photo Journalist"  for the winner.  

…… and while you are searching through your photo collection for cabin photos why not contribute to the "Stateroom numbers" topic, started by Peter Mugridge,  who asked us to help create a virtual cabin plan, by listing the cabins we had when sailing aboard QE2.

The QE2 Story forum has lots of interesting information and stories on QE2 cabins/staterooms. The topic on the Bannenberg Rooms, the  original first class cabins designed by Jon Bannenberg, generated a lot of discussion plus interesting historical information.  It is amazing to think that the One Deck Suites had the same woodwork and ceilings in 2008 that had been installed at John Brown's in the 1960's. We hope you enjoy reading about these suites.  
Photo: Cunard
Deck One Suite

Photo: Cunard

Bannenberg Room

Poll for the May Photo Competition 

Voting for the May Photo Competition closes on 1 July so why not take a few minutes to view "QE2 Maintenance Work" pictures and vote for your three favourite photos.

April competition results: Cunarder Man's winning photo of the April competition "QM2 bows to QE2" captured the image of QE2 framed by QM2's bow.  

Bob C's photo "Harmony and History" was a worthy runner up.

Keep watching the competition results  to see the winning photos and to add your comments and congratulations.

Thank-you all for participating and well done everyone!


Remastered QM2

Photo: John Little

Forum members were keen to follow the progress of the QM2 refit  and we are looking forward to hearing from members, who are fortunate enough to sail onboard the remastered QM2.
Photo: Cunard

QE2 June dates to remember:

Forum members are keeping the memory alive by adding to the QE2 Timeline

1 June 1970: QE2 crossed the Atlantic westbound in a record time of 3 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes, an average speed of 30.4 knots'*
11 June 1982: QE2 ended her longest non-stop voyage, having sailed for 6,976 miles from South Georgia.
11 June 1992: QE2's Echo Engine ripped itself to pieces.
12 June 1993: Prince Edward lunches on board to celebrate 40 years since his mother ascended the throne.
14 June 1995: QE2 set sail from New York on her 1000th voyage 
14 June 2002: Baroness Thatcher on board - 20th anniversary of Falklands conflict
14 June 2009: QE2 Stationary in Dubai for 200 days
15 June 1991: Prince Edward and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a Royal Ball aboard QE2 in Southampton
15 June 1994: takes part in Spithead review in honour of the 50th anniversary of D Day with Vera Lynn and Bob Hope
18 June 2007: Cunard stuns with the surprise announcement that QE2 has been sold for $100 million to Dubai interests. Dubai soon announces vague plans for QE2 as a luxury hotel and shopping attraction, plus heritage museum, at the same time stating their intention to restore QE2 to her original 1969 appearance. 
20 June 1975: QE2 offers medical assistance to a sick seaman from the Russian fishing trawler “Luga”. 
23 June 2002 : Escape of steam and hot water on board QE2 in mid Atlantic resulting in one fatality
26 June 2002: QE2 departs Southampton carrying a Maybach car to its world premiere in New York
26 June 1970: QE2's First Rescue at sea when Spanish Fisherman Jesus Ferreira, onboard the German Motor Vessel Zosmarr, required medical assistance
26 June 2007: A series of Farewell voyages is announced by Cunard
26 June 1983: QE2 abandoned her post Falklands pebble grey colours and returns to the more traditional Cunard colours
30 June 1971: Trafalgar House purchases Cunard for 27.3 million pounds.
30 June 1971: After calling at Cobh, Ireland, and disembarking several passengers, it is discovered that six pieces of unclaimed luggage contain a large consignment of illegal arms destined to the IRA.


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Thank-you for your continued support for the QE2 Story Forum.  We know how special the ship is to everyone onboard the forum and we appreciate the contributions that are made to keep her memory alive.

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