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UPDATE: “Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” is now Open
as a Floating Hotel in
See the News Item below!
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June 9, 2018: Having been in the passenger shipping industry over fifty-eight years, having commenced in Wellington New Zealand as an office boy with a major shipping company, I later became an agent selling berths on liners sailing to and from the UK and Europe ports, as well other ports on the way. Also popular at that time were Trans Tasman voyages as well as Pacific services with the Union Steamship Company “Passenger Banana ships” the MS Matua and MS Tofua.
In due course I was sourced to head for Australia where I managed a major Passenger Shipping Company and finally I operated a successful Cruise Company in the 1980’s thus it makes sense that I have a great love for classic and traditional passenger liners, passenger-cargo ships as well as the humble converted migrant ships and of course the more traditional cruise ships!
Personally it has been my good fortune in
times past to have been directly involved in saving some worthwhile passenger
ships since 1990, but I 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 has
been far too many sad losses, with some wonderful ships having gone to the
breakers, but there have also been some sweet victories! One great story is
located down the page, being the recent official dedication and opening of the
Dock and parkland at the
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Sadly the great SS United States remains where she has been for so long, and the “SS United States Conservancy” and at first it seemed they did a wonderful job, but then there was a setback and nothing has really happened and the ship is badly deteriorating.
Thankfully the news for the QE2 is just great! Read her story down
the page! For “Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2”
Therefore, come aboard, and support this very special work that continues to be done by so many good people, and I am satisfied knowing that together we can do something special, for doing something when assisting organisations or smaller dedicated groups in saving a part of maritime history is worthwhile! Remember, becoming part of saving a ship will last long into the future, and it will be something that you, your children and their children will come to know and see what a real ship really looks like, rather than those great big hideous square boxlike floating apartment blocks (condos), come resort style theme parks, called cruise ships of today, which no longer seem to even look like a ship at all!
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 521.1 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 are constantly received each and every day.
Maritime Historian, Author, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Lecturer.
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Good News for
Berthed at: Port Rashid Dubai, UAE
“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” Has Opened on April 18, 2018:
Queen Elizabeth 2” seen at Port Mina with the
the main Terminal, containing the
Front Desk, the QE2 &
Yes, it is true the “Hotel Queen
Elizabeth 2” has finally opened, as her operators have stated in an
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
Prior to her opening, the QE2 was moved from Port Rashid to the Dubai Dry Dock Nº 3 where she received an exceptional makeover as described below.
The QE2 is
seen being moved to
It was exciting, when she was moved to dry dock on March 18, 2018 and a great deal of work commenced on her with countless workers worked on her around the clock. For only the third time in history, the QE2’s 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 included her bow thrusters, as well as her stabilisers, and then sadly her propellers were removed. Of course her lifeboats and the davits had already been removed, and this gave them the opportunity for the boat deck to be widened.
see the QE2 in
In addition another on her stern is the ships
name; “Queen Elizabeth 2” and directly below her name, they affixed
somewhat larger distinctive “
see Hotel Queen
When I last saw the QE2 in Dubai on September 21, 2009 at that time she was no longer registered in Southampton, but in “Port Vila Vanuatu”, I had already heard on the grapevine that “on her stern, “SOUTHAMPTON” had disappeared,” as far as I know that happened some time earlier, but it was sad to see this once great Royal Mail Ship registered in such a small Pacific Island country.
whilst on a 106 day around the world cruise on September 21, 2009
Photograph © Reuben Goossens
But the good news is that we expect that QE2 Hotel, Museum Function, Dinning and Leisure Centre is now open, by around the end of April, and considering we have all waited such a long time, a very long 10 years in fact, we should be rejoicing and hope that our Great Queen of the Seas will be a huge success as a fine Luxury Hotel!
The great QE2 as we remember her as a fine and popular Cruise Ship, seen here at anchor
Visit my comprehensive all New Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 page
Or visit the official website
Also View the “” located below the MV Doulos
The superbly built and a beautifully balanced Liner, the fastest ship in the world, S.S. United States is seen here as built
Sadly there is NO News to Provide … as Dr. P. Davis wrote;
“This once great liner is badly languishing and she now looks “more like a huge Rust Bucket”
The SS United States Conservancy continues its efforts to secure a permanent
However, with New York having rejected the ship,
she has been in 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 absolutely 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.
Friends, it saddens me to have written about the Great SS United States in the manner as I have above, but even I have provided funds over the years and have certificates, for owning plans, and parts of one of her funnels, and just donations, etc, etc. The funds have gone into a large organisation, and little has been actually spent in upkeep on the ship. Yes there are berthing dues, but they have received huge donations from large donors to cover most of that! Just let us hope that at least a miracle might happen and that this wonderful ship might be saved, that someone else may just come along and take her away from her current owners and do something that is worthwhile, not just all TALK!
The ships builder’s plate taken quite some time ago!
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.
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 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 wel 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 bis 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
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 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 refitted as a hotel at Port Rashid.
2018 – QE2 moved to the Dubai Dry Dock on March 18 to have her hull scrapped and repainted, also all her underwater openings welded closed and propellers removed, as well as interior work, in readiness for her to open as a hotel.
2018 – “Hotel Queen
2018 – The Grand official opening is due to be held in October.
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Please Note: A new Page Two has been added with the ships dock & Park dedication in June 2017 - with many new photographs!
FOTSQM Stands for: “Friends Of TS Queen Mary”
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The 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.
Draught: 10.1ft - 3.1m.
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 Feature
Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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