Queen Elizabeth 2-The Legend
Dear Guest

A very big welcome to the Forum glad that you found us.As the name say this Forum is dedicated to the QE2 in here you will find lots of information and filled with photos that cover all her years at sea.

We ask you please take your time and have a good look around for sure there is a question somewhere that you might have answer.This topic is open to guests too if you think you have some information to add please do so.

But please remember the main subject here is QE2 related.

We think that once you have looked around you are going to want to be part of this big family.

Their is of course some threads that are open only to members.

Please register yourself its easy and free.

The QE2 The Legend Team
Log in

I forgot my password

Who is online?
In total there are 2 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 2 Guests :: 1 Bot


Most users ever online was 116 on Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:32 pm
Latest topics
» Some of my videos of and on board QE2
QE2 - Did You Know? EmptyWed Nov 27, 2013 7:47 am by Louis De Sousa

» QE2 items now on the new Queen Elizabeth
QE2 - Did You Know? EmptyTue Nov 26, 2013 12:20 am by lanky lad

» QE2 and the Falklands War
QE2 - Did You Know? EmptySat Nov 23, 2013 10:54 pm by Louis De Sousa

» QE2 on You Tube
QE2 - Did You Know? EmptySat Nov 23, 2013 9:19 pm by Louis De Sousa

» Hurricane Luis 1995
QE2 - Did You Know? EmptySat Nov 23, 2013 7:28 pm by lanky lad

Top posting users this week


Which funnel fitted better?

QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_lcap241%QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_rcap2 41% [ 14 ]
QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_lcap226%QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_rcap2 26% [ 9 ]
QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_lcap232%QE2 - Did You Know? Vote_rcap2 32% [ 11 ]

Total Votes : 34


QE2 - Did You Know? Empty

QE2 - Did You Know?

Go down

QE2 - Did You Know? Empty QE2 - Did You Know?

Post  Louis De Sousa on Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:18 pm

In excess of 70,000 bottles of champagne are drunk every year on average on the QE2.

The ship’s owners were subject to a ransom demand in 1972, made when the QE2 was 1,000 miles from land. SAS and bomb disposal officers were scrambled to the ship, but the demand turned out to be a hoax played by a shoe salesman from New York.

The QE2 consumes around 18 tons of a fuel an hour, or 433 tons per day, with one gallon of fuel moving the ship around 15 metres – less than the length of a cricket pitch.

The QE2’s rudder alone weighs 80 tons – around the same weight as 10 double-decker buses.

An estimated one million admirers were present to see the vessel call in to Liverpool in July 1990, the first time the QE2 had visited the city.

The QE2’s total power output is enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

The QE2 can sail backwards (at a full speed of 19 knots) faster than most cruise ships sail forwards. She is also the fastest merchant ship still in operation.

Cunard’s first ship, the Britannia, would have squeezed into QE2’s Grand Lounge.

The amount of fruit juice used annually on board the QE2 would fill the ship’s swimming pools nearly eight times over.

The QE2 was not named after the current Queen but rather after the wife of King George VI. This explains the convention of using the actual number – i.e. Queen Elizabeth 2 – rather than the Roman numerals of Queen Elizabeth II.

The recent drama of her being stranded on the Solent is not the first time the QE2 has run into trouble. She was grounded in 1992 after striking an "uncharted" object off the eastern US, and has also run into trouble off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Beatrice Muller, from New Jersey, has used the QE2 as a retirement home for 14 years, having paid around £3,500 a month for the privilege. Now 89, she is still deciding what she will do after the QE2’s final voyage – but says she plans to remain at sea.

The 2,500 tea-bags used each day on the QE2 would supply the average tea-drinking family for a year.

The QE2 was launched by the Queen on the Clyde in 1969, the same year the Apollo 11 mission reached the moon. The Queen used the same golden scissors that her mother had used to inaugurate the Queen Elizabeth and her grandmother had used to launch the Queen Mary.

The vessel boasts the largest cinema at sea (with a capacity of over 531).

Cunard paid £7.5m to compensate QE2 passengers after a trip dubbed the "cruise to hell", in December 1994. The ship began a voyage before a £30m refit was completed, leading to complaints of exploding lavatories among other things.

The ship’s fuel oil tank capacity of 4,381.4 tons is enough for 10 days’ sailing at 32.5 knots, allowing it to travel around 7,800 miles.

277,000 metres of cling film is used every year, enough to go around the QE2 approximately 731 times.

In January 1971, the QE2 rescued passengers from French liner Antilles, which had run aground near Mustique and eventually sank.
The passengers from the ailing vessel were eventually landed safely in Barbados.

In 1995, Southampton officials criticised food hygiene on board, threatening legal action after inspecting the ship's Queen's Grill.

The ship has carried around 2.5 million passengers in total – or about the equivalent of a city the size of Budapest

Approximately 600,000 litres of beverage are consumed annually on board the QE2.

The ship has circumnavigated the globe a full 25 times.

The QE2 marked her 40th anniversary voyage last year with a “lap of honour” sail around Britain, which also logged her 1,400th voyage.

The ship has the only synagogue at sea, which incidentally is also the only room on the ship that has remained unaltered since 1969.

Passengers consume nearly 20 tons of lobster and 1 ton of caviar each year.

The vessel is the only ship to be awarded five stars for its accommodation by the RAC.

The QE2 cost slightly more than £29 million to build in 1969 – since then Cunard has spent more around 15 times that amount on refits and refurbishments.

As of June 1999, the QE2’s total sailing time was the equivalent of 20 years non-stop motion – or 175,290 hours spent on the waves.

The QE2 was Cunard’s flagship vessel for 35 years, from 1969 to 2004, a position now occupied by the Queen Mary 2.

The ship has completed 801 Atlantic crossings in its lifetime.

Following its latest refit, the QE2 has been powered by nine diesel electric engines, each the size of a double-decker bus. A maximum of seven will operate at any one time, allowing maintenance staff to do their work without affecting the ship’s cruising speed.

The QE2 operates with the most powerful propulsion plant on a non-military vessel.

The ship includes a shopping arcade with 11 boutiques, including a branch of Harrods.

The QE2’s desalination equipment allows 1,000 tons of fresh water to be produced each day.

Since she first sailed, the QE2 has had a total of 25 captains.

The largest marine motors ever built are used to power the QE2 on its voyages.

The ship’s engineers wear stripes of royal purple – as King George V decreed that all engineers should wear the colour following the loss of all the engineers on the Titanic in 1912.

In May 1982, the QE2 was requisitioned for the Falklands War as a troop transport, a decision which reportedly gave the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher a sleepless night. The ship sailed for South Georgia with 3000 troops aboard, arriving back in Southampton on June 11, 1982.

In March 1975, the QE2 made its first transit of Panama Canal, making it the biggest ship ever to travel through the canal. There was less than a foot to spare as the ship made its way through the canal locks.

In July 1990, the Queen became the first reigning monarch to go on a voyage on a commercial liner with passengers.

The QE2’s 1000th voyage was one of its many transatlantic crossings, from New York to Southampton. It took place in June 1995.

The QE2’s new owners, Nakheel, purchased the vessel for around £50.5 million, and will convert the vessel to a floating hotel.

In June 1970, the QE2 crossed the Atlantic in a record time of three days, 20 hours and 42 minutes.

The QE2’s cocktail bar, the Chart Room, featured the piano from the original Queen Mary.

According to National Archives documents, Cunard asked the Ministry of Defence to supply an elite anti-terrorism unit for the ship's planned cruise on the 25th anniversary of the founding of Israel in 1973. In the event, the MOD supplied 26 elite commandos instead, who apparently made the most of the trip.

In 1995, the QE2 managed to withstand a 30-metre high wave breaking across her bow during Hurricane Luis.

Theft was apparently rife during the construction of the vessel and some of the shipworkers were allegedly stealing from the ship faster than the yard could build her.

The QE2 has the largest library on the seas, with over 6,000 titles on board.

In 2001, the QE2 sailed into Lisbon with a 19-metre long finback whale impaled on her bow.
Louis De Sousa
Louis De Sousa
Administrator The Captain

Posts : 2791
Join date : 2009-11-21
Age : 48
Location : Germany


Back to top Go down

QE2 - Did You Know? Empty Re: QE2 - Did You Know?

Post  Brian_O on Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:38 am

Hi Louis,

QE2 was launched by the Queen on September 20, 1967, 22 months before the Apollo 11 mission reached the moon. She entered service in 1969.

QE2's re-engining refit which saw her steam plant replaced by diesel-electric machinery took place over the winter of 1986-87. She has had numerous refits since then, so the term "latest refit" is not very accurate.


Posts : 233
Join date : 2010-04-20
Location : Montreal, Canada

Back to top Go down

Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum