October 30, 2008
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
Firstly, another big thank you to Warren Smith for his report on QE2’s final Transatlantic Crossing in Tandem with Queen Mary 2. Despite being quite an emotional time it’s great to hear your comments celebrating our grand lady. There are lots more to come as we keep you updated with her farewell season and of course we look forward to sharing more of your memories. So on to this week and: “This week in Cunard’s History” for the week of the 24th October to the 30th October:
October 27 1986
QE2 arrives in Bremerhaven for a six-month £110 million re-engineering and refurbishment programme, the largest such refit in the history of the merchant marine. Steam turbines replaced by a diesel electric power plant. The funnel is widened and repainted red (from white). HRH the Princess of Wales boards on the ship’s return to Southampton.
October 29 1970
QE2 offers medical assistance to the ‘Cerinthus’ in the Atlantic
October 30 1949
Caronia II is launched is launched by Princess Elizabeth (H.M. Queen) at John Brown Shipyard, Clydebank. She becomes known as the ‘Green Goddess’ because of the colour of her hull.
I would also like to thank another guest blogger, Caroline Mathieson. It’s great to hear things from a different perspective. Caroline works incredibly hard with her team (especially Julia Young) back in Southampton with Cunard Insights which is our on board enrichment programme and thanks to her I have been able to introduce some amazing speakers, most recently Melvyn Bragg, Joan Syms and Roy Hattersley. In her last blog Caroline wrote about the departure on Queen Mary 2 from New York. This week I am handing back to her to talk more about her Transatlantic Crossing experience.
Queen Victoria continues her autumn season in the Mediterranean, as Queen Mary 2 continues her Transatlantic season and QE2 enjoys her last few voyages in the Mediterranean. Coming soon we have an interview with the master of Queen Mary 2, Commodore Bernard Warner and of course more from QE2’s farewell season, so as usual please keep logging on and write if you get a chance.
Cheers for now – Alastair