September 9, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 33 days
Welcome to another week of Blogging which sees Queen Mary 2 completing her Canada and New England voyage in New York this weekend, before coming across to the Mediterranean. Queen Victoria is already in the Mediterranean where she will stay for the autumn, ending her current voyage in Venice this weekend. I’m sure you’ll get some great views from her Bridgecam. Meanwhile just up the coast in Monfalcone, Queen Elizabeth has just returned from her successful second set of sea trials and in just over a month’s time will be arriving in her homeport of Southampton.
Thank you again for all your comments and questions, its been great to be so inundated and as usual I’ll try and cover as much as I can in this Blog about Queen Elizabeth’s second set of sea trials after this week in Cunard’s history for the week of the 3rd to the 9th of September
|September||4||1995||QE2 makes maiden Call at Invergordon, Scotland|
|September||4||2005||QE2 becomes longest serving Cunarder surpassing Scythia 36 Years 4 months 2 days – (1921 – 1957)|
|September||8||1907||At Noon a crowd of 20,000 come to see the Lusitania leave liverpool on her maiden voyage under the command of Captain J.B. Watt. She had 192 furnaces and burned 1,000 tons of coal a day, achieving a speed of 26 knots. Passengers unfamiliar with the name – after a Roman Province called her the Lucy. At 33,000 tons she was the first liner to cross the Atlantic in under five days, making the crossing in four days, 19hours and 52 minutes. This meant she was able to claim the Blue Ribband from the Deutschland.|
|September||9||1840||Cunard’s third Ship, Caledonia begins her maiden voyage|
Firstly Paul, I’m afraid Queen Elizabeth has now left Trieste and won’t be returning as she was there in between sea trials to use the dry dock for her final painting. Her second set of sea trials presented the first opportunity for the Master Designate, Captain Chris Wells, to see his new command and I’m delighted that he has taken some time out of his very hectic schedule to tell us a bit about it:
Captain Chris Wells
Master Designate – Queen Elizabeth
I was delighted to be welcomed aboard Cunard’s latest Queen, by the Deputy Director of Monfalcone shipyard, Giorgio Gomiero, as I was invited to be present and witness the ship being put through her paces.
Queen Elizabeth had been in dry dock in Trieste from 17th to 26th August, where her final hull coating, antifouling and boot topping were applied and I have to say she was already resplendent in her new paint.
She departed the dry dock in the morning of 27th August for her second sea trials.
Sporting her shiny new paint, the opportunity was taken for a photo shoot just outside Trieste harbour, and off Castello Miramare, with two helicopters shadowing the ship as she maneuvered, and was swung for compass adjustment.
Over the following hours and days Queen Elizabeth was put through a series of tests, to confirm operation of propulsion, electrical, ventilation and other systems. She conducted manoeuvring trials, tests of joystick control, and speed trials.
With the final tests of her second sea trials completed successfully, it was time for Queen Elizabeth to head back to Monfalcone.
She returned alongside during the evening of 30th August, where outfitting will continue for the final few weeks before delivery.
My thanks again to Captain Wells for keeping us fully informed, and I look forward to seeing him and other colleagues who are already in Monfalcone, on Monday when I’ll arrive and join the set up team.
Following the successful completion of all the sea trials, Peter Shanks, Cunard’s President and Managing Director, told me:
“Queen Elizabeth performed extremely well during her recent sea trials and exceeded all the required tests comfortably. She is shaping up to be a magnificent ship and will be a very worthy sister to our flagship Queen Mary 2 and to Queen Victoria. Together they will comprise the youngest fleet on the oceans.”
Well that’s it for this post but I’ll be back as usual on Monday with news from the Cunard world and on Thursday I’ll post some new pictures from Queen Elizabeth’s interior as the World awaits our new Queen.
Cheers for now, Alastair