Posted by: cruise2 | 9 January, 2008

QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 and QUEEN VICTORIA Cross the Atlantic in Tandem

Photographs of QE2 and QV crossing the North Atlantic in January 2008.

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Queen Elizabeth 2 crossing the North Atlantic on her last westbound voyage, a job for which she was designed.

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Another view of QE2 taken from Queen Victoria, making her first Atlantic crossing.
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The new Queen Victoria on her first North Atlantic voyage in a photograph taken from Queen Elizabeth 2.

Notice QE2 is cutting through the swells while QV is bulldozing through the sea.

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  1. Storms in North-Atlantic

    I’m part of a group called ‘aficionados’ which like crossing seas in mid winter. i got an interesting experience on QE2 last 1985 Southampton NYC crossing. Ship(QE2) was delayed by 24 hours ‘due to heavy swell’
    QE2 is supposed to cross anything butit’s not that true. First to avoid damages they reduce speed…and i ve still the map with ship’s track
    which show a 2OO miles south turn to avoid the roughest weather.(resulting in 24hrs delay)
    I was young-and foolish- i love ships and seas- so i climbed the closed fence to gain access to deck just beneath bridge-despite “high winds-Forbidden entry-” OOh Boys….i saw by my own eyes waves of 3O foots crashing bow of QE2 sendind sprays over bridge- i remember noises of screenweepers 3 meters above on captain L.Portet and Commodore Harwood- i was strapped there, lateral wind gusts, moved my legs… i took 2 pics, on the third one my camera was taken by a wind gust….. i sawed
    these green grey atlantic waves crashing on the bow, spay flying over radar dome 45meters above waterline…i put myself in foetal position
    waiting things to get out of there-took 3O min-
    ship was creaking, shaking moving like a beast.
    back in, passengers looked at me, completeley wet-as a zoo animal- Peoples were on verge of panic-some ran with live saving devices…some were screaming…
    i was once more on QE2 a month after it encountered 1O5 feets waves, took pic of foredeck, the place where rogue wave impacted is clearly seen on the pic-
    My other interesting crossing was a Dover-Ostend crossing(North SEA)a 3hrs30 hours took 11 hrs 3O,for 66 miles. was on the rear bridge…can see another ferry bow and propellers out of water.(FEB 1991).
    I plan to make 1 crossing with “NORRONA”
    btw Thorshavn and Norway next winter…
    2 months ago(late 2007) 1 lorry and6O+ cars were damaged, ferry has to shelter itself in Shetland island…i won’t take QM2 as i’m afraid tremendus pressure exerced on steel will just break it….i made more than 85 cruises/crossings. i saw real danger only 3 times…..

  2. Storms in North-Atlantic

    I’m part of a group called ‘aficionados’ which like crossing seas in mid winter. i got an interesting experience on QE2 last 1985 Southampton NYC crossing. Ship(QE2) was delayed by 24 hours ‘due to heavy swell’
    QE2 is supposed to cross anything butit’s not that true. First to avoid damages they reduce speed…and i ve still the map with ship’s track
    which show a 2OO miles south turn to avoid the roughest weather.(resulting in 24hrs delay)
    I was young-and foolish- i love ships and seas- so i climbed the closed fence to gain access to deck just beneath bridge-despite “high winds-Forbidden entry-” OOh Boys….i saw by my own eyes waves of 3O foots crashing bow of QE2 sendind sprays over bridge- i remember noises of screenweepers 3 meters above on captain L.Portet and Commodore Harwood- i was strapped there, lateral wind gusts, moved my legs… i took 2 pics, on the third one my camera was taken by a wind gust….. i sawed
    these green grey atlantic waves crashing on the bow, spay flying over mast 45meters above waterline…was at approx.39meters above waterline.i put myself in foetal position
    waiting things to get out of there-took 3O min-
    ship was creaking, shaking moving like a beast.
    back in, passengers looked at me, completeley wet-as a zoo animal- Some peoples were on verge of panic-some ran with live saving devices…some were screaming…my cabin was deck 3(more than 11 meters above waterline, every 6 minutes a waves will cover porthole completely.
    i was once more(1995) on QE2 a month after it encountered 2 rogues waves 1 off 99, second 1O5 fts waves, took pic of foredeck, the place where waves impacted is clearly seen on the pic-steel was wrinkled-anchor(12 tons overboard…
    My other interesting crossing was a Dover-Ostend crossing(North SEA)a 3hrs30 hours took 11 hrs 3O,for 66 miles. was on the rear bridge…can see another ferry bow and propellers out of water.(FEB 1991).
    I plan to make 1 crossing with “NORRONA”
    btw Thorshavn and Norway next winter…
    2 months ago(late 2007) 1 lorry and6O+ cars were damaged, ferry has to shelter itself in Shetland island…i won’t take QM2 as i’m afraid tremendus pressure exerced on steel will just break it….i made more than 85 cruises/crossings. i saw real danger only 3 times…..

  3. Indeed love heavy weather too. Finest movements on ships that I have had is in SA VAAL in August, 1976 at the Cape making the turn into the Indian Ocean – she danced and did that little wiggle that big ships do when she lifts her bow out of the water. A wonderful trip.

    The other wonderful rough sea was in the Gulf of St. Lawrence aboard ALEXANDR PUSHKIN – again she moved easily with the seas.

    Your memories of QE2 are spot on. I used to go to that spot at noon every day at sea, scotch in hand, to hear the whistle sounded for “test purposes”. Last day out of New York went there, as always, bridge sounded one whistle, then another, then another . It was thrilling. When I looked up to the bridge afterwards, there was a wave and a thumbs up.

  4. to cruise 2(no name ?!)

    well if onboard QE2 , i hope u dare to enter officer club where Lusitannia bell is…. in the middle. me i does it, foolishly, as it was in 1987, took close flash pics of Cpt . Laurence Portet(who obviously didn’t like that:-(…. ) i was still late teenager but with vivid memories of my 4 Cunard crossings, 1 cruise.

    Well pics on site(this site shows really well how QE2 can manage, and QV can’t…look bows… sorry maybe it’s too much geared to ship aficionado’s… but i’m one… so i’m proud….
    last december2007 captain Wood (Dover Calais told us
    “Ladies and Gentlemens, you ‘ll experience some ‘disagreement on our crossings as we ‘re already 1O hours late on schedule….() may all ladies have visit to hairdresser’s if they ventures on bridges?…..
    well sea was 8, nothing to speak about, it was Dover Strait and worst of storm already passed….
    real pity, especially as staffs in Dover Eastern Docks didn’t want to sell tickets and was anxious….(second december of 2007)
    pervomaika-

  5. Any questions about these past liners, cc ocean going capabilities, are welcome,…i’ll try to reply to each…
    just ask precise question about sea going capabilities
    precisely. replies in ENG or French(preferred)- May even give
    advice on ‘storm captains'(who liked and who didn’t liked , well fees about OVERTURNED piano was a FACT on QE2 crossin NYC Southampton in may1987)!!! true dfespite liner excesses 7O OOO tons!and 2OO feets high (6OMETERS)!

    well guys may i suggest we arrange for INAUGURAL CROSSING OF 222 34O GRTONS next year, on still be named
    “PROJECT GENESIS” we know all names with greek mythology…. Titanic, Olympic… “G E N E S I S….”
    core of Torah and Bible….. it’ll float in winter 08, navigating in 2009…. if interested send email to
    well nice reading, i ‘ll keep on touch…. Please bear in mind that ex “FRANCE” or “NORWAY” from NCL cy is now 33% cutted of in India (Alang) visit Peter Knego site for latest.
    translation in french is available on request (free).

    I worked on SS. Norway in 1993.
    really sorry, was great ship……..

    bye

  6. My wife and I crossed the big pond westbound on the QE2 in September ’75. We only stopped for 23 hours in mid Atlantic having run into the mother and father of a deep depression that was apparently in the wrong position! The Captain kept 5 knots on the nose as he was anxious to avoid hazarding the ship. We agreed. The waves were estimated to be 60ft at times.

    In the midst of the storm a Dutch colleague and I shared a Beef Wellington washed down by a bottle of Algerian Red wine, courtesy of Cunard that night!

    Underway again we ran into the fog off the Nantucket! Quite a trip.


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