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Title: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Mike on October 02, 2008, 07:09:37 pm
Latest arrival time in the Tyne for the QE2 is now estimated at 06.00 Wednesday morning 8th October 2008.
However watch this space as High water is not until 09.36 so it may change but sounds about right if she 'swings first' before going along side as before at Northumberland Quay.
She is estimated to sail at 22.00 (high water) same day, might make a nice night shot for you keen photographers if weather is good!
Mike 8-)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 02, 2008, 07:59:41 pm
Hi Mike, I heard there was going to be a big fireworks display when she sails, this is the last British port she will ever enter before she enters Southampton for the last time ever!! :-(

 then she is off to Dubai to get sandblasted by nature!

i would hate to have the job of keeping her hull and superstructure in pristine condition.

cawky


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: DanSTN on October 02, 2008, 09:16:07 pm
Hi,

Can you tell me where will be the best viewpoint to see her alongside and also sail. I've just moved from Southampton to Ashington so would be a mighty shame not to see her one last time! I'm not familiar yet with the Tyne at all though so advice would be appeciated!

Thanks,
Dan


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 02, 2008, 09:21:46 pm
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DanSTN wrote:
Hi,

Can you tell me where will be the best viewpoint to see her alongside and also sail. I've just moved from Southampton to Ashington so would be a mighty shame not to see her one last time! I'm not familiar yet with the Tyne at all though so advice would be appeciated!

Thanks,
Dan


Hi Dan

To see her alongside - take a trip over to South Shields on the cross Tyne Ferry and you will be able to get a fine view of the QE2 - the ferry more or less goes alongside her.
For her departure - somewhere like Clifford's Fort at Tynemouth and you will be able to see her sail through the piers and out to sea.
If you need directions, just ask  :-)

And to Mike - night time photography of a ship moving is never going to happen (unfortunately).

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: john dunn on October 02, 2008, 09:27:21 pm
hi there yes i hoping to see it come into the tyne and leave it  :-D


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: DanSTN on October 02, 2008, 09:49:35 pm
Thanks Steve, I think I should be able to find those places no problem! Just hope the weather is fine and I get the oppurtunity to see her in daylight!


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 03, 2008, 07:45:50 am
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DanSTN wrote:
Thanks Steve, I think I should be able to find those places no problem! Just hope the weather is fine and I get the oppurtunity to see her in daylight!


Hi Dan

Well I've just taken a look at the BBC 5 Day Weather  Forecast and Tuesday (7th) is showing up as a sunny day, so lets hop that continues into the 8th  :-)

Here is a link to the Port of Tyne Authority web site which will give you an idea of vantage points - they have put up a map for the QE2 visit.
http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/news2.aspx?nID=171

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 03, 2008, 10:23:09 pm
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Tynesider wrote:
Latest arrival time in the Tyne for the QE2 is now estimated at 06.00 Wednesday morning 8th October 2008.
However watch this space as High water is not until 09.36 so it may change but sounds about right if she 'swings first' before going along side as before at Northumberland Quay.
She is estimated to sail at 22.00 (high water) same day, might make a nice night shot for you keen photographers if weather is good!
Mike


Hi Mike

I see the EST has moved to 07:00 - at least it is moving towards a time when there is more lighting for photography, now if they could just nudge it towards 10.00 and I'll catch her inbound from the Island Escape vessel  :lol:

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 04, 2008, 09:30:39 pm
Hi,
This is the QE2 s webcam :-

http://www.cunard.co.uk/bridgecam/qe2_cam1.asp

It is on 24/7
http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/EasyTide/ShowPrediction.aspx?PortID=0203&PredictionLength=7

High tide is 9.47 on Wednesday morning- maybe there are bringing her in early so that they can have the opportunity to have a couple of attempts , if it is anything like last time:)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 05, 2008, 08:21:40 am
Here is the QE2:-

http://www.cunard.co.uk/bridgecam/qe2_cam1.asp


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 06, 2008, 08:02:50 am
Here is her last position
:-

http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=232089000


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: JOYCE PALMER on October 06, 2008, 11:30:36 am
hi a good place to get pics is the groyne .I seen her last year and managed to get some brillant pictures despite the weather, from this point.


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 06, 2008, 12:03:26 pm
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WOBBLY wrote:
hi a good place to get pics is the groyne .I seen her last year and managed to get some brillant pictures despite the weather, from this point.


Hi Wobbly

Yes good viewing point - however if she comes in at the expected 07.00 then there won't be sufficient light for photography   :-?

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 06, 2008, 06:46:44 pm
Hi All

I see that Nexus are to run 'special' trios to see the QE2 on her berth at the Northumbria Quay - this from their web site @ http://tinyurl.com/43vfu6

'Nexus is to run special Shields Ferry tours for people to view the QE2 on the Tyne
Story added: Friday 03 October 2008

Nexus is to run special trips on the Shields ferry for people to view the QE2 when she arrives on the Tyne on Wednesday, October 8.

The half hour trips will give people the chance to get up close to the QE2 from the unique perspective of the river while she is berthed at the Northumbrian Quay in North Shields.

Nexus, who operate the Shields ferry service, will run the trips from 12pm (Noon) on Wednesday, October 8, with the last sailing at 10pm.

The newest Shields ferry, Spirit of the Tyne, will be used for the trips while the other ferry, Pride of the Tyne, will be used for the regular timetabled river crossings.

The trips will be departing every two hours from South Shields ferry landing and the landing at Royal Quays  Marina  on North Tyneside. The trips from South Shields will get underway at 12pm while the trips from Royal Quays  Marina  start from 1pm.

Passengers do not need to pre-book a trip. Tickets, priced £5 adults and £2.50 for children, will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Shields Ferry Service Delivery Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “This is the last time the QE2 will be coming to the Tyne so we are keen to run the ferry trips so that as many people as possible can get up close the world’s most famous cruise ship.

“When the QE2 came to the Tyne last year the trips proved really successful so we had no doubt about doing the same thing this year. Viewing her from the perspective of the river is a unique opportunity and you really appreciate the sheer size and scale of the ship when the ferry stops alongside her. It’s a great photo opportunity.”

The QE2 will return to the Port of Tyne on October 8, after one more stop in Southampton, she will depart on her final ocean cruise before becoming a luxury floating hotel on the Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai, having been sold to the Dubai World company in June last year.

The ship is expected to arrive on the Tyne at 5am on October 8. She will sail away at approximately 10pm that evening.'

I did wonder why the Spirit of the Tyne was in at the Eastern outer lock the other day - mind at 5 quid a shot it seems rather expensive  :-?

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Mike on October 06, 2008, 06:46:53 pm
I am not 100% sure but according to what I hear the firework display will be at Northumberland Quay as the QE2 leaves, just in case you guys are 'in the wrong place at the wrong time!
 8-)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Bruce Sutherland on October 07, 2008, 02:12:34 am
"night time photography of a ship moving is never going to happen (unfortunately)."

Not entirely true!! ;)

I was hoping to make her leaving the Forth but might end up driving down to the Tyne instead! Get some night time shots ;)

I HAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HER before she is made into a fancy retail space.. :)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 07, 2008, 07:18:30 am
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BruceS wrote:
"night time photography of a ship moving is never going to happen (unfortunately)."

Not entirely true!! ;)

I was hoping to make her leaving the Forth but might end up driving down to the Tyne instead! Get some night time shots ;)

I HAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HER before she is made into a fancy retail space.. :)


Hi Bruce

If you need any tips as to good vantage points on the Tyne just shout.

So if someone could post a link to a ship travelling at 6-8 knots in the pitch dark, then i will be well impressed  :lol:

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 07, 2008, 10:23:44 am
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cawky wrote:
Here is her last position
:-

http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=232089000


Hi Brian

I see her latest EST for arrival is 03.59 - I certainly won't be getting up at that time in the morning  :-o

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 07, 2008, 05:42:25 pm
QE2 is just starting to leave the Firth of Forth now:-

http://www.cunard.co.uk/bridgecam/qe2_cam1.asp

AIS:-
http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?refresh=2&count=1&map=Leith


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 07, 2008, 06:10:43 pm
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Hi Brian

I see her AIS is showing an ETA in the Port of Tyne at 07.00 - fingers crossed for that being the time rather than 03.59!

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 07, 2008, 07:58:27 pm
Hi All

Confirmed as a 07.00 arrival at the Tyne Piers (FIRM) - a little birdie tells me that a decision will then be made between the Ships Captain and the Tyne Pilot as to whether the conditions are right for an entry - has to be more or less 'perfect' so that there are no embarrassing accidents   :-o
Not sure if there will be enough light at 07.00 for any decent photographs - time will tell, fingers crossed and all of that sort of things.

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 07, 2008, 08:26:05 pm
Hi Steve , the forcast looks a bit iffy , 33 mph gust forcast at 0700:-

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ne/tynemouth_forecast_weather.html


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 07, 2008, 09:12:39 pm
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cawky wrote:
Hi Steve , the forcast looks a bit iffy , 33 mph gust forcast at 0700:-

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ne/tynemouth_forecast_weather.html


Hi Brian

Well that doesn't bode well for a 07.00 Piers In - my monies on mid morning, if at all  :-o

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: billy_s on October 07, 2008, 09:33:11 pm
I booked online to go out on a boat tour to get a close look at QE2 on the Forth and left work in Glenrothes early to get to South Queensferry on time.  Events conspired against me and my trip turned out like the plot from the John Cleese film ‘Clockwise’.  

Here’s the story.  The first setback was an accident on the Forth Bridge that led to a two mile tailback.  The boat trip departed at 4.30 and I was stationary in traffic at Inverkeithing at 4.03.  Things did get moving and incredibly I was over the bridge at 4.10.  The next error of judgement was driving through South Queensferry itself.  Anyone who knows the town will be aware that the streets are incredibly narrow.  I managed to get through the town by 4.17 only to find that there were no parking spaces.  I parked up the hill beyond the rail bridge and sprinted down to the pier arriving there at 4.25.  

Now here’s the funny bit!  There was no sign of the boat I had booked to sail on (the Forth Belle)!  Panic was setting in and I looked at the firms poster on the pier which confirmed that there was indeed a sailing to the QE2 at 4.30.  Closer examination of the blurb however advised that the boat would leave from North and not South Queensferry!  This meant that I had rushed from work when I could have had a leisurely drive to North Queensferry (I live in West Fife!).  

The lady in the Maid of the Forth office (another boat tour operator) confirmed that all places on the remaining trips had been booked.  I explained to her my faux pas and on learning that I was on my tod she told me that she had been keeping a place back for a chap who was going out on the firms other vessel an inflatable high speed launch.  She had promised to hold back his place until 4.30 but he hadn’t showed up.  As by this time it was 4.32 yours truly got to buy his ticket and despite the weather I had a great trip to see QE2 at close quarters.

I hope that this story gives everyone a smile and that everyone on Tyneside has a good day tomorrow and the weather is kind to you.    
Cheers

Billy


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 08, 2008, 05:25:58 am
Hi Billy

I'll bet that had your heart thumping and a bead of sweat on your brow  :-o

As at the time of writing (06.20) the QE2 is off the Tyne, wind doesn't seem to be too bad but its still pitch black outside.

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 08, 2008, 06:18:58 am
Hi All

Piers in at 07.17.

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: David Harrison on October 08, 2008, 09:45:43 am
Hi Billy

A good story.  Nothing worse than when everything seems to be going against you. The thing is you can now tell the story to your family fpor a long time to come.
 Glad everything worked out well in the end.

I've just been to see QE2 in the Tyne.  She looks good.  Reminds me when my wife and I sailed on her to New York.  We shall have to see her leave this evening


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: john dunn on October 08, 2008, 05:22:03 pm
hi everyone going to see QE2 tonight anyone no the best place to be as coming from co.durham any help would be nice you can email me aswell at JEDDUNN@AOL.COM and is anyone else going to see thanks john


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 08, 2008, 10:04:23 pm
What a good turn out tonight to see the QE2 leave , from were I was there must have been a few thousand people out tonight. It was a good ending to what was a very busy day for the Tyne, I think there was about 27 movements in total , which might not seem a lot but when the average on the Tyne is about 12 moveents a day it was quite busy.

Regards

PS cant wait to see some night shots , thou I did not bother myself:)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: JonHare on October 08, 2008, 11:55:07 pm
I was down by the compound where Northern Producer is moored and by the Customs House. I was really surprised how the weather was for her visit.

I really wanted to get up there to see her come in this morning, but would of also liked to have seen her depart for the last time.

While at work this afternoon, I was chatting to one of the passengers who has enjoyed the cruise and is looking forward to the rest of the trip. I did ask him if he could ask the Captain, if he could delay till day light QE2's passage by Hartlepool and bring her close in. We both knew what the answer would of been.   :lol:  :lol:

Im just downloading my pics from today.


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 09, 2008, 06:29:13 am
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cawky wrote:
What a good turn out tonight to see the QE2 leave , from were I was there must have been a few thousand people out tonight. It was a good ending to what was a very busy day for the Tyne, I think there was about 27 movements in total , which might not seem a lot but when the average on the Tyne is about 12 moveents a day it was quite busy.

Regards

PS cant wait to see some night shots , thou I did not bother myself:)


Hi Brian

Oddly enough we didn't hear anything from here in Whitley Bay - we can usually hear a pin drop on the Tyne  :lol:
Yes it was a good day yesterday, glorious blue skies and as you say so much river traffic - caught quite a bit of it whilst floating down the Tyne on the Island Escapes Fortuna!

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: David Harrison on October 09, 2008, 10:57:27 am
An excelllent evening seeing her leave the Tyne (As the wife said afterwards "It brought a lump to the throat").  The fireworks were good  as well.

I hope Queen Victoria visits soon!!!!   ;-)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: rathey on October 09, 2008, 09:35:31 pm
Heard on the radio last night before the QE2 sailed:

Tug: Will you be coming back here with the Queen Mary 2 next?

QE2 Skipper: She's a bit big. I don't think we'd manage to fit the 'Scary Mary' in here. Hope to be back with the Queen Victoria though.

Hope so.

Richard.


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Mayhem on October 11, 2008, 12:14:44 am
Hi, I have some pics of her just before she left the docks, and one with some fireworks, taken at 10.20ish i think on the night she left. Was sad to see her go :(

Anyways, I'll post some links here, cos I don't know how to upload and my file sizes are way too huge to fit into the limits!

Here are three that turned out well (after I had to make a 'tripod' from a pile of books and an etch a sketch from the boot of the car)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/cazdragon22/RandomstuffLarge/95194384.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/cazdragon22/RandomstuffLarge/72003003.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/cazdragon22/RandomstuffLarge/9a3bd22b.jpg

And possibly my favourite ever photograph I have taken in my life.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/cazdragon22/RandomstuffLarge/51c56250.jpg


I know she's out of focus in the firework one, but I just adore it!


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Guest on October 11, 2008, 08:24:17 am
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rathey wrote:
Heard on the radio last night before the QE2 sailed:

Tug: Will you be coming back here with the Queen Mary 2 next?

QE2 Skipper: She's a bit big. I don't think we'd manage to fit the 'Scary Mary' in here. Hope to be back with the Queen Victoria though.

Hope so.

Richard.




Hi Richard

I think as things stand at the moment we will see neither in the Port of Tyne - the reason being that the Swinging Circle at Jarrow Slake permits only vessels up to 300m to swing.

Queen Victoria has a LOA of 294m and it is debatable whether the 'risk' would be taken to swing her within those tolerances, i.e. not much left to spare. The Queen Mary 2 is out of the picture as her LOA is 345m.

Unless of course the Captain carries out a nifty piece of reverse parking  :-o

Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: john dunn on October 11, 2008, 02:24:12 pm
hi there ive have put two night shots on of the qe2 have a look a leave a comment first time done night time shots on this website brillant weather took an hour an half to get home on the night:)


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Brian Cawkwell on October 12, 2008, 09:13:24 am
Steve
The Queen Victoria is only 1 Metre longer than the QE2 so I think she will be okay to be swung, I took some screen shots off my shiplotter when she was being swung , maybe I could e mail them to anyone interested in seeing them.

http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=232089000
Regards


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: David Harrison on October 12, 2008, 10:08:54 pm
Steve
The Queen Victoria is only 1 Metre longer than the QE2 so I think she will be okay to be swung, I took some screen shots off my shiplotter when she was being swung , maybe I could e mail them to anyone interested in seeing them.

Queen Victoria can comfortably turn in the Tyne.  It's just a matter of time when she will do a 'Tour of the UK'


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: JonHare on October 12, 2008, 11:27:13 pm
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And possibly my favourite ever photograph I have taken in my life.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/cazdragon22/RandomstuffLarge/51c56250.jpg


I know she's out of focus in the firework one, but I just adore it!


Having had a good thorough look at your picture. I can say that she is not out of focus. There is time- lapsed movement visable by her, but in no way out of focus. A shot very well done and one to be proud of. The only way you could of got it without the movement was shooting a couple of seconds earlier, but with that you wouldn't of had the fireworks exploding. Its the lesser of two evils.   :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: David Harrison on October 13, 2008, 10:13:43 am
I agree with Jonathan's comments. The picture is definately not out of focus. It's an excellent picture. In fact if you dubmit it to Carnival/Cunard I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


Title: Re: QE2 For Tyne
Post by: Mayhem on November 02, 2008, 09:21:56 am
lol just seen this now, looked on their site and it won't load for me! So I'll try to contact em at some point *Grins*
Glad she isn't out of focus! I was so happy with that pic that was total fluke... The camera took that pic at just the right moment!