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Read the April 9, 2018 News Update below!
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June 1, 2017: Having been in the passenger shipping industry for a good fifty-eight years working from an office boy with a major shipping company, to later becoming an agent selling berths on ships to and from the UK and European ports, as well other ports on the way. In due course I managed a major Passenger Shipping Company and finally I operated a successful Cruise Company in the 1970’s, thus it makes sense that I have a great love for classic and traditional passenger liners and cruise ships!
Personally it has been my good fortune to have
been directly involved in saving some worthwhile passenger ships since 1990,
but have done so officially online since 1995! The best known is one I was so
closely involved with for some time was the great Dutch Liner SS Rotterdam,
which is now a wonderful Hotel in her homeport of
Of course, there have also been other sad
losses, with some fine ships having gone to the breakers, but there have also
been some wonderful and sweet victories! One great story is located down the
page, being the recent official dedication and opening of the Dock and parkland
The Author & founder of “Save the Classic Liners Campaign”-
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However, I must advise you; due to age and severe health issues, I am no longer involved in personally saving any classic ships, these days, and I will leave that work to others who I hope are well trained and qualified individuals, organisations or owners who will be able to do this very difficult work. However, they will still need your assistance! Therefore, this page is to keep you informed and reach-out to those who may be able to assist in some way, just as you have done in the past. Therefore I sincerely ask you with all my heart to continue to assist them through every possible means to save some of these, fine and much loved ex classic liners and yes, even some of the lesser-known yet fine ships. And you can assist these works through financial assistance, no matter how small, as well if you are looking for a ship to buy, well there are some great ships on the market, such as the amazing MV Funchal!
I sincerely thank all my wonderful supporters who over the many years have supported this campaign for amazingly my four maritime, and cruise sites have now received well over 520.9 million readers/visitors to date and that is an amazing feat indeed! Thus, thank you to all my supporters for I am very touched by your kindnesses, especially for the countless emails that constantly received during the recent years of my rather poor health!
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The magnificent 50 year young QE2 seen at her new permanent berth as the Hotel QE2 Dubai!
April 9, 2018: Yes, it is true the time has finally arrived for the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to become, as her operators has stated in an advertisement;
"Discover a world of gastronomy, entertainment and
nightlife experiences onboard the QE2. From casual and fine dining, to
grand theatres and nightclubs, she will have a selection of 12 diverse venues
to uncover at her prime location in
The QE2 was the moved from Port Rashid to Dubai Dry Docks where she was to receive an exceptional external makeover as described below.
The QE2 is
being moved to
It was exciting, when she was moved to a dry dock on March 18, 2018 and a great deal of work commenced on her with countless workers worked on her very much around the clock. For only the third time in her history, her hull was stripped back to bare metal, and she was fully repainted with fresh new paint. In addition, all her openings below the waterline were welded shut; this including her bow thrusters as well as her stabilisers, and then sadly her propellers were removed. Also her anchor chains have gone, but I have not heard where her anchors are, I assume that one will be placed forward of the ship, and one ashore, but no confirmation of this. Of course her lifeboat winches had already been removed, and this gave them the opportunity for the boat deck to be widened.
Hotel-QE2-Dubai-sternIn addition another change was that the ships name, “Queen Elizabeth 2” has now been written in both Arabic and English on her bow, whilst at the stern, directly below her name which is the original Queen Elizabeth 2, they have painted in oversized letters the official “DUBAI” logo, with “Mina Rashid” below it, which looks like her port of registration.
Here we see the stern signage and her placement a her new permanent berth
Photograph sent in & thank you Saeed Naziri, Dubai UAE
I last saw the QE2 in Dubai on September 21, 2009 and at that time she was no longer registered in Southampton, but in Port Vila Vanuatu, I heard on the grapevine “on her stern, SOUTHAMPTON has disappeared,” well as far as I know that happened a long time ago.
I took this photograph from the forward part of the Dawn Princess
whilst on a 106 day around the world cruise on September 21, 2009
Photograph © Reuben Goossens
The good news is she has returned to her permanent berth and she is looking magnificent. Soon I will place a new page online with comprehensive details of all her magnificent facilities and photographs as soon as they come to hand! She will officially open on April 18 this year, and having waited a very long time, in fact a very long 10 years, it is really about time! In addition, this refit is also far better than the one that was planned originally, which would have seen her upper decks fully enclosed in glass, and the ship would have lost her funnel and she would have become more of a building at “Palm Jumeirah”.
He still looks like a ship, unlike if she had been located at “Palm Jumeirah”; it was worth waiting 10 years!
Just as a reminder, on January 4, 2018 a great new partnership commenced when a reverse agreement was signed by the owners and Mr. Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels. The initial mission is to (co)create a service philosophy, service culture and experience leadership that will bring back the majestic spirit of the QE 2, in a new and a contemporary manner. And as we have seen above this has now been achieved and the opening will be an exciting event!
This was a happy occasion for Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2
You can also visit QE2 NEWS Updates at …
Note the recently renamed berth and the missing lifeboats and tenders and all her boat deck fittings, which will not return!
QE 2 berth
at Port Rashid and the
But there have already been a number of changes
Read the “QE2 Story” located below the SS United States & theMV Doulos story’s
New Possibilities for the Great S.S.
The superbly built and a beautifully balanced Liner, the fastest ship in the world, S.S. United States is seen here as built
Read the News Update towards the end of this item!
News Update: The SS United States Conservancy continues its efforts to secure a permanent location for
In her letter, Susan Gibbs, who is the granddaughter of SS America and the SS United States designer the great, but sadly the late Mr. William Francis Gibbs, responded to the New York Times editorial board, affirming the following;
With the recent demise of a major development
planned for Piers 54/55 in
Susan Gibbs letter can be seen below:
“To the Editor:
the media mogul Barry Diller and the fashion designer Diane von
Furstenberg’s “floating island” at Piers 54 and 55 appears to
have deflated (, Sept. 14; , Sept. 16), New York City has another chance to achieve the
project’s goals. Pier 54 is one of three piers designated for historic
vessels by the Hudson River Park Trust.
The ship offers 500,000 square feet for a range of uses, including performance venues, event space, restaurants and retail, offices, a museum and much more (including plenty of jobs and tax revenues).
The ship’s revitalization could also showcase energy-efficient, climate-resilient design. In 1952, the country pulled together in support of its record-breaking flagship. It symbolized American post-war strength, innovation and pride. Today, the iconic ship’s rebirth could serve a similar unifying purpose, something its namesake country needs now more than ever. Susan Gibbs, Washington.”
We will all remember that in February 2016,
the Genting HKG owned Crystal Cruises threw the S.S. United States a glimmer of
hope; when they announced that they had signed a purchase option for the
illustration of what the rebuilt SS
Image provided by Crystal Cruises/Genting HKG
However, now with the
Although, all sorts of plans have been announced for her to become a museum and a tourist attraction it now seems that there are no interested parties left who have any desire to spend a fortune to turn her into a tourist attraction. The truth is that she looks more like a giant empty damp rust bucket, and it hurts me to say that, but sadly the photographs tend to indicate her poor state at this time, thus let’s hope for the best.
The ships builder’s plate taken quite some time ago!
MV Doulos is seen arriving in
Photograph © copyright 1999 Ramon Williams
2017: As all “Save the Classic Liners” supporters will know well, that I am somewhat disillusioned to see this amazing ship, that has had such a long and fascinating history end up being dragged up on land on the Indonesian Island of Bintan. Considering I worked so hard to rescue the Doulos in order to keep this great centenarian afloat, yet her new owner, decided otherwise. Instead of using her as intended and also as promised, as a floating hotel and maritime museum, he ended up in deciding to turn her into a land based hotel and Water Park on a mostly Indonesian tourist Island, which is similar to Bali, complete with all its evils.
we see the once beautiful Doulos looking terrible, as she is been made ready to
be dragged up onto
This historic ex missionary ship MV Doulos, luxury cruise ship MS Franca C, passenger liner SS Franca C, migrant ship SS Roma, built as a humble American freighter in 1914 the SS Medina, a ship that served in two World wars, and is now a good 104 years of age, and I worked against all odds, even at one point at saving her from going to an Alang breakers yard, and see her refitted as a fine boutique hotel, maritime museum, and an education centre, but her “Christian” owner, has turned his back on his promise to me, and will use now her for sheer lucre!
As most of you will know, I have a very long association with the ship, which goes back to the early days of the MV Franca C. My first encounter with her was when she was the luxurious MS Franca C cruising the Mediterranean in 1971, then the next time I spent time onboard was when she was the MV Doulos in 1985, then spent time aboard again in 1999, and I again spent time aboard as well sailing on her again in 2008, being sadly for the very last time. Thus, what has occurred to this superb historic classic ship hurts me far more than for most people, for, I have been the ships official historian for well over 45 years, and having sailed on her and spent a great deal of time on her both whilst she was the Franca C and the Doulos.
In addition, I directly assisted Singaporean Mr. Eric Saw to obtain the Doulos, for previously he was rejected by her German owners Operation Mobilisation, as in due course they had decided to sell her to Alang breakers for a better price. However, due my extensive worldwide campaign against this, they changed their mind and decided once again to sell her to another buyer for further use. I advised Mr. Saw to place a new bid and assured him that he would get the ship and he did! Had I known what her end would have been, I would have made sure that the South African Mission would have obtained her instead, for they would have retained her afloat, after upgrading her! However, now sadly she is sitting up high and dry on land, and the once great classic ship MV Doulos, ex MS Franca C, SS Roma & SS Medina built in 1914 is a tragic land based building, far from her origins.
This tragic looking historic ship has become a Hotel & Resort, but to ship lovers, she will
always be the “MV Doulos” and not this hideous landlocked rendition of what she used to be!
Enter my 30 Page Feature
In July 2007 the QE2 was sold to Istithmar being the investment arm of “Dubai World” a wholly owned company of the Government of Dubai. However she would be taken over by Nakheel, also a “Dubai World” company would redevelop her and construct the new islands being built known as the “Palm Jumeirah” where she was going to be berthed to become a major luxury hotel. Istithmar paid and estimate £65 million (British Pounds) for the QE2.
Having completed her final official cruise,
the QE2 departed Southampton for the very last time on November 11, 2008, and
she began her farewell voyage to
It was a fitting welcome and her future seemed
assured, however things was not as it seemed for the financial crisis of 2008
caused Dubai to have a financial freefall and the wealthiest of its citizens
escaped the country, even leaving their Mercedes and BMW’s and super
luxury cars at the airport as they escaped the financiers who were about to
pounce on them, for most emptied their accounts and run. This disaster also left
the QE2 high and dry and although she was reregistered cheaply in
QE2 sailed an amazing 5.6 million nautical miles that is more than any other ship ever I know about, in other words that is like travelling to the moon and back 13 times. She has accommodated approximately 2.5 million guests and completed 802 Atlantic crossings and 24 full world cruises, thus some 1,438 voyages. That is an excellent record indeed!
A close up of a clean looking ship as she had recently been repainted
Photograph © Reuben Goossens
The Timeline of the SS/MV Queen Elizabeth 2:
1964 - Cunard signs a contract to build the ship with John Brown Shipyard Clydebank, Scotland.
1967 - September 20 the ship was launched by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
1968 – QE2 undertakes her deep sea trails; the first was on November 26 to 29, and the second, December 17 to 19.
1968 - QE2 departs on her maiden voyage, being
a cruise from Greenock to the
1969 - After renewed trails on April 1 to 8, Cunard takes delivery of the QE2 on April 18 for the second time.
1969 - On May 2 the QE2 commences her maiden
voyage from Southampton to
1970 - She crosses the Atlantic Westbound in record time of just three days, 20 hours and 42 minutes.
1972 - QE2 undergoes a refit and rebuilding as penthouses added to the top of the ship, altering her external appearance. Accommodating 604 First, 1,223 Tourist, and 1,740 one class when cruising.
1975 - QE2 departs from
1982 - The QE2 was requisitioned by the
British government as troopship to operate in Falklands Islands Campaign. She
carried 3,000 troops and a 650 volunteer crew to the
1987 – In October the SS Queen Elizabeth
2 made her final Trans Atlantic crossing from
1988 –A new look MV Queen Elizabeth 2 complete with a new and far superior funnel and far more economic and faster that before, she returned to service and gained even more popularity on the Atlantic service.
1990 - Queen Elizabeth becomes the first Monarch to sail on the commercial liner with other passengers on board.
1995 - QE2 leaves
1996 - During her twentieth around the world cruise the QE2 passed her four millionth mile mark, and amazing feat, but there was more to come!
1998 - South African President Nelson Mandela
sails on the QE2 from
2002 - QE2 passes five million miles - a world first.
2004 - The QE2 was considered as being one of
the last of the great Trans Atlantic liners, for there has not been any true
liners since. Although, they pretend that the Queen Mary 2 is a liner, but she
certainly is not and neither was the QE 2 in her latter years, for both were then
cruise ships. Although QE2 was built as a liner that would also operate
cruises, but her main function was to be a liner; that means line voyages from
2005 - The QE2 becomes the longest serving Cunard ship ever, surpassing the RMS Aquitania's 35 years.
2008 – November 11 Queen Elizabeth 2
2009 – September 21. The author saw and
photographed the QE2 today whilst on a around the world cruise on Dawn Princess
and noted that she was registered in Port Vila
2010 – January 29. QE2 broke loose from her moorings during a storm and was only just saved from destruction by two brilliant pilots.
2012 – July, 03. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem announced that a decision has been made to retain the ship’s exterior in her “classic and traditional shape, and install 300 rooms and use her as a hotel at the new Port Rashid International Cruise Terminal within several years! Sultan Sulayem said: “So we have decided to leave her basic design as it is. We will preserve her tradition. What we are doing today is what we should have done when we first bought her.” And I agree with him, they should have and she would have been operational by now!
2013 – July, after an Asian possibility,
there are great doubts for the ship as she has no power and she will be
deteriorating whilst at lay-up in
2015 - It is sad, but she is still laid-up in a dead ship state and deteriorating day by day! Although there seems to be interest by Scotland who is now taking a second look at bringing the QE2 back to the Clyde as a Hotel and a Tourist attraction. But has she gone downhill too far gone to be saved?
2017 - News of her being internally refitted as a hotel at Port Rashid. Asbestos was removed from the ship with new cladding applied to fit in to look like the original timbers, etc.
2018 - March 18, she was taken to
taken of the QE2 in
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FOTSQM Stands for: “Friends Of TS Queen Mary”
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delightful 871 GRT (Gross Registered Ton) Triple Screw - TS Queen Mary was
built by the famed
But the company was contacted by 1935
in regard the great new liner the RMS Queen Mary that would be launched by Her
Majesty Queen Mary, thus there was a slight name change made and she became the
TS Queen Mary II, but continued her regular
Queen Mary II was a spacious and certainly a comfortable ship and thus well suited to the large numbers of passengers on the service. Her passenger capacity made up for a good speed of 21 knots on her trials. Being a two class ship, having Cabin Class passengers located forward as well as the top deck extending aft giving the Steerage Class passengers a share of it, and also the sheltered space below it.
TS Queen Mary Specifications:
Builder: William Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton.
Built for: Williamson Buchanan Steamers Ltd.
Engines: Triple Denny & Bros Steam Turbines.
Screws: Triple, direct drive.
Tonnage: 1933-1950 - 871 Gross Registered Tons.
. 1950-1957 - 917 GRT.
. 1957-onwards - 1,014 GRT.
Length: 252.5ft - 77m.
Beam: 35.1ft - 10.7m.
Speed: 19.5 knots max 21 knots.
Passengers: 2,086-day passengers.
The delightful TS Queen Mary was finally
retired after an evening showboat cruise from Largs
to Rothesay on September 27, 1977 after which she was
laid up in the “
I will not go into her story in relation to her being saved and restoration etc, for I will let the wonderful folk over in the UK, and a dear supporter of this Campaign who is fully involved, in fact he was influenced by “Save The Classic Liner Campaign” to do something, which is just great!
Enter the Site to Save the TS Queen Mary Here
Like the famed historic Sydney Harbour ferry the MS Baragoola, which I strongly support in saving and preserving, and I am also adding the delightful 1963 built MV Cape Don, which is a unique all Australian vessel that should and must be retained at all costs!
The MV Cape Don was a unique purpose-built
ship to service navigational aids (including manned lighthouses) all around
Since retirement this excellent ship, the “MV Cape Don Society” is now responsible for restoring this delightful vessel and they will be setting up a museum on board to tell the story of her many years of dedicated service. I suggest that you visit my webpage on her, that has many interesting photographs of her and you will discover all her details as well as further links!
Visit the MV Cape Don
Visit the MV Cape Don Feature
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