MadameConcorde
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Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Sun May 10, 2009 6:54 am

There is talk (this maybe more than rumors) that the QE2 is now in dry dock having her funnel cut off.

Can somebody there confirm? It would be great if we could get pictures, even from a fliight off or into DXB airport. She is so easy to spot.

She may still be sititng at her usural place at Port Rashid but no one knows for sure.
Nakheel, her new owner, is mute. We cannot get any information from them.

We need to have the latest news. I am calling on you all in Dubai to confirm. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who will contribute with the latest news and pictures of the QE2.

Sources:

1 - This is where it all started

http://www.travelserver.net/travelpa...ebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=004774

2 - QE2 Story Forum

http://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,483.0.html

3 - Argyll News (the latest) - QE2 castrated in Dubai?

http://forargyll.com/2009/05/qe2-castrated-in-dubai/#comment-2075

   Wow!        



Her Shipness in Monaco

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MadameConcorde
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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Fri May 15, 2009 12:16 pm

My answer came last night from someone on FT.

QE2 is still at Port Rashid at the NE part of the pier. Pos about: 25 deg. 16'40 N - 57 deg. 17'15 E.
Saw her yesterday (13.05.2009) morning about 6am while landing on EK349 on RWY 12L.

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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Tue May 26, 2009 8:07 am

There was a large article in Saturday's Daily Telegraph about the construction projects in Dubai; it's all dried up - even work on the Palm islands has ground to a halt despite hundreds of people having paid deposits up front on plots on the unbuilt parts. And while it didn't mention QE2 in the article, bear in mind that her ultimate home is supposed to be part of the Palms complex...      

Edited to add link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...bai-property-market-collapses.html

[Edited 2009-05-26 01:19:08]
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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Tue May 26, 2009 2:56 pm

How can you castrate a ship?

A ship is female. The QE2 is female. "castrate" is totally the wrong word. I know it wasnt you Madame, but that sort of thing irks me - show her some respect by at least using the right word!

Fact is she is elderly and the market changed away from her - same with your beloved Concorde. Its sad, but the world wants CODAG or gas/electric-powered megaship resorts with as many balconies as cabins, not a stately ocean liner that costs a fortune to run and didnt meet the upcoming SOLAS requirements without major work. She was small by comparison to the megaships and just not cost effective. The QM2 is a worthy and beautiful successor.

To be brutally honest, you should be happy she's around at all - there are vessels just as beautiful and historic that met a grisly end on the beaches of Alang.
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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Wed May 27, 2009 1:36 am

To be honest it is a cruise ship that is beyond its operating days, It is of no real historical or national value ( if it was the Engish Govt' would have kept it or encouragded a private venture to do so ) So why not tow it out to sea and make it an artificial reef, great for the local sea life and an awsone diving spot.
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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Wed May 27, 2009 2:18 am

I'm going to agree with CHRISBA777ER and Mal787 - a ship, however elegant and historic, is a vessel used for transportation of cargo, whether inanimate or animate. The QE2 has a long legacy that we should promote and preserve but to actually preserve the vessel itself - which is made of steel of one variant or another - in a saline body of water for time immemorial is not pratical economically, monetarily or otherwise - and I spends a third of the year at sea so I can appreciate ships and am not against them at all  Wink.
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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Thu May 28, 2009 5:06 am

I saw the QE2 last week in the harbour while taking off on an EK flight. Her funnel was very much intact and she looked fine.

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RE: Calling On All A.netters In Dubai - QE2 Concern!

Thu May 28, 2009 6:19 am



Quoting Jasondn (Reply 6):

Thank you very much for these very good news.

One member of the First to Fly group will be on the first EK 380 flight from BKK to DXB on June 1st.. Ii hope for pictures of the Ship more than the EK380. The QE2 is unique while there are already lots of 380s flying.  airplane   airplane 
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