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      Farewell QE2

      Well the time had come to say a fond farewell to that
      magnificent ship the QE2 who based in Southampton.

      I worked in her engine room in the 1990's and she was
      like no other ship on the planet, pure 5* luxury.

      So it was with much sadness to see her sail on her final
      journey to Dubai where she would be turned into a hotel.

      I remember when the Concordes flew there last flights,
      another of my great loves and i had tears in my eyes
      then as well.

      Here's the story

      On Tuesday 11 November, thousands of people flocked to Mayflower Park and vantage points along Southampton Water to watch QE2's final departure.
      After a spectacular fireworks display off Mayflower Park, QE2 set sail for Lisbon just after 20:00 accompanied by a huge flotilla of vessels.
      QE2 left flying her red "paying off" pennant from her mast to mark the end of her commission - QE2's is particularly impressive as the pennant's length is determined by years of service, one foot for each of her 39 years.
      During her last day in Southampton to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, one million poppies were dropped over QE2 just after 11am. Later in the afternoon there was a sail and flypast from RFA Mounts Bay and three patrol boats and an RAF Harrier.

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      Ah,...so you're stoker andy !

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      Beetle

      Yes you may well Laugh and i did laugh with you but stokers were before my time lol...

      Glad we have a sense of humour unlike Hairdresser on the PIO Forum..

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      Hairdresser??? pm me on that one andy.

      My brother used to be a plughole monitor on a submarine so you were one up from him

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      I posted the same thread on PIO, have alook at his reply.

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      And then it was gone Thanks.

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      [quote=Andy Chapman;4299]Well the time had come to say a fond farewell to that
      magnificent ship the QE2 who based in Southampton.

      I worked in her engine room in the 1990's and she was
      like no other ship on the planet, pure 5* luxury.

      So it was with much sadness to see her sail on her final
      journey to Dubai where she would be turned into a hotel.

      I remember when the Concordes flew there last flights,
      another of my great loves and i had tears in my eyes
      then as well.

      Hi Andy

      As a kid many many years ago I proudly built my airfix model of the QE2 and remember having evil stick everywhere esp putting the little life boats on.

      As for Concorde yes me and the kids had tears in our eyes as it flew over our roof en route to Manchester airport we saw the landing gear lower on its final descent. I believe couples get married on there now.

      So whats in the engine room ??? some steam turbines and woodward controllers

      Andy + Team C

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      26 08 2008

      The QE2 has just docked in Dubai