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John Clifford

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Thanks, Joe, for those pictures.

This afternoon I was on a SPIRIT Cruises boat, which unofficially escorted the Queen Mary 2, as the ship left for its trek to Honolulu; will have to scan then post some of my digital prints.

Then I was able to see the ship in the Catalina Channel, as it headed northwest for its journey, which will take it due south to Honolulu, where it will probably approach in a southwesterly trek, coming down east of Oahu.
 
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That must have been a site to behold John, the QM2 in the Catalina Channel. One year a girlfriend and I took the cruise to Catalina Island from San Pedro...all I saw were groups of flying fish...;-) I understand the largest great white shark caught on record was retrieved from the Catalina Channel.

Michael Cundiff
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Joe Russo

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Nice video. Did you take that footage of the Queen Mary yesterday as well? Is it me or did she get a paint job?
 
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LOVE your music choice, Kyle!
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Kyle Johnstone

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Hi Joe

Thanks, yes, both are from yesterday, Feb. 10th

QM's funnels were painted a couple months ago.
 
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Kyle Johnstone

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Thanks Jason

That is "Harvest" from the "Days of Heaven" soundtrack.

For some reason, my video capture on the computer is not playing the sound from the video, so QM2's horn couldn't be heard, unfortunately.
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Canberra Times:

Hello, sailor: a mighty Queen muscles in on navy
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SYDNEY will wake this morning to see the 151,000-tonne Queen Mary 2 - the largest passenger ship to enter the harbour - docked at the navy's base at Garden Island.


The navy is under pressure to share Garden Island with cruise ships on a regular basis. When Cunard's flagship enters the Heads at 5am its 2450 passengers are expected to begin a $2 million spending frenzy.
More at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/hello-sailor-a-mighty-queen-muscles-in-on-navy/1444464.aspx
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Chicago Sun-Times:

Queen Mary 2: The world's biggest ocean liner
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ATLANTIC OCEAN -- Some cruises are little more than floating frat parties. Others are more like epic voyages, those once-in-a-lifetime-type trips that have an inherent gravitas you just can't get from a weeklong booze cruise in the Caribbean.

A transatlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2 definitely falls into the epic voyage camp.
More at http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/1454416,TRA-News-mary01.article

Comment: The almost routine media reference to the Titanic is in the third paragraph.
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From BYM:

UK. James Taylor to present Cunard Command Performances aboard Queen Mary 2
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Cunard Line is proud to announce that Grammy(R) Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and his band will perform during Queen Mary 2's June 19 eastbound Transatlantic Crossing. Sailing from New York to Southampton, England, Taylor will headline two Cunard Command Performances in the ship's Royal Court Theatre during the six-day journey. (Space is still available to book this very special voyage!)
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=52014
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Daily Mail:

Pictured: Queen Mary 2 dwarfs iconic opera house as she docks in Sydney Harbour
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Squeezed into her berth in Sydney Harbour, the magnificent ocean liner Queen Mary 2 dwarfs everything around her.
Even the Sydney Opera House, one of the world's most iconic structures, seems to shrink into the background - at least from this perspective - as the mighty ship moves in for an overnight stop during a 90-day round-the-world voyage.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1173634/Pictured-Queen-Mary-2-dwarfs-iconic-opera-house-docks-Sydney-Harbour.html
 
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From Yahoo Finance:

Kennedy Center Chamber Players of the National Symphony Orchestra to Present Cunard Command Performances Aboard Queen Mary 2
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Cunard, the Official Cruise Line of the National Symphony Orchestra, Welcomes The Players and Nigel Boon, NSO Director of Artistic Planning, on 8 September 2009 Transatlantic Crossing.
More at http://ca.us.biz.yahoo.com/prnews/090812/la60963.html?.v=1
 

Joe Russo

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I was on the QM2 this past weekend for a short voyage. I was lucky enough to be invited to a private tour of the bridge which was beyond amazing. During the tour, second officer Jeremy Saltonstall mentioned that he saw her make 34 knots once when she was going "downhill with the wind behind her." Does anyone know what he was talking about?
Regardless, that's pretty cool that she hit that speed.
 
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>>Does anyone know what he was talking about?<<

Sounds to me like he was suggesting that the ship had some outside help in reaching that speed, such as going down a large wave and with the wind pushing them along. The part about the wave may be a bit tounge in cheek, but it's not unknown for weather and currents to give ships a bit of a boost if they happen to be going in the right direction.
 

Joe Russo

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maybe the Gulf Stream? I noticed that the Blue Riband records for each respective ship are a knot or two higher on average on the eastbound crossing. "Downhill" or not, 34 knots is impressive.
I should have just asked him what the heck he was talking about ;)
 

Eric Longo

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Hi All,

This reminds me of when the Mauretania pulled 32 knots for an hour or so off the coast of Florida in July of 1933 with a bit of help from the Gulf Stream. I was aboard the QM2 this past July for a friends birthday party and was not all that impressed with the ship. The party, guests and food were truly excellent but the ship seems so very tight - especially the Commodore Club. Now I know why the publicity photographs of that room often use a fish-eye lens! The photographers covering the affair were actually shooting up from the floor! However, it was a grand time I'll not forget.

Best wishes,
Eric
 

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