October 5, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
As Queen Victoria continues her voyage in Canada and New England, Queen Mary 2 is not far behind visiting some of the same ports on this exciting itinerary. I’ll have some pictures from Queen Victoria’s maiden call to Halifax soon, but in the meantime congratulations are in store for the ship’s company of Queen Victoria.
The ship underwent a series of inspections last week as it was our first time back in American waters since January and the first ever visit to Canada. This is a regular process, so we were prepared as always to receive inspectors from the United States Coast Guard, the United States Public health and also Health Canada. The crew received many compliments from the Coast Guard for their high standards of knowledge and training. Both public health organisations score for their standards of health and hygiene and I am delighted to tell you that Queen Victoria performed brilliantly which is a huge credit to all crew members for their hard work and diligence.
As you know, last week I received some pictures from Simona in the Fincantieri Shipyard in Italy, showing the continuing construction of Queen Elizabeth, so now, as promised I would like to share those with you.
It’s amazing how much progress has been made in less than a month and from this picture you can see the extra blocks that have been put in place.
This is the port side of the ship looking forward and you can see that she now reaches up to deck 9 in the middle section. Another gangway has been put in and she’s starting to look recognisable.
The forward part of the ship has also grown in the last few weeks with another section of the bow now in place.
This is a view of the bow thrusters which are basically propellers placed in a short tunnel from one side of the ship to the other. Their purpose is to assist the ship’s maneuvering especially when coming in and out of port, and working in conjunction with the ‘Azipods’ on the stern of the ship, it means that in the majority of cases, Queen Elizabeth is able to dock without the need of tugs. This next picture is looking at the forward part of the ship, looking aft.
You can just about make out the green motor for the bow thrusters below. There is only a small section of the forward keel yet to be placed along with the ship’s bulbous bow.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Simona in the ship yard in Monefalcone for sending these great pictures and to our chief Engineer, here on Queen Victoria, Willy Robinson for helping me to identify the more technical aspects of the photos.
We’ll hopefully get some more pictures soon and of course we’ll keep you updated with any further announcements about her progress. I’ll be back on Thursday with the regular weekly Blog, but for now thanks as always for logging on and all your questions. Cheers for now – Alastair